Christian Studies of Science and Society

Degree: Master
University: VU University Amsterdam , Faculty: Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
City: Amsterdam , Country: Netherlands
Discipline: Humanities and Art
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  • Max Duration 12
  • Tuition fee € 1620 - Details
    € 9000 (non-EEA)
  • Start Date of Studies September
  • Admission deadline 1 August
  • Programme Alternatives part-time
  • Educational Form taught
  • Language English
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  • Programme Description

    Programme Description

    The Christian Studies of Science and Society is an international masters program and aims to provide students with an opportunity to cooperatively research and develop a Christian perspective on contemporary issues in science and society. It consists of three phases:

    • The student starts with basic reflections on Philosophical Foundations.
    • The student then chooses one of two specializations in Philosophical Anthropology or in Social and Political Theory.
    • The final phase consist of the preparation for and writing of the Masters Thesis.
    The study in short terms

    The goal of the program is to teach students how to develop their own ideas within their field of research or professional field from out of a Christian perspective. Therefore the program provides participants with an in-depth knowledge of a Christian normative way of thinking, as basis for an alternative view that is relevant and challenging with respect to key contemporary issues. In this way the program aims to equip the participants for a deeper fulfillment of various functions in higher education or in social and political organizations.

    The program sets out to achieve the following aims:

    • In-depth knowledge and secure grasp of the philosophical foundations of scientific and socio-political thought in light of a Christian perspective.
    • In-depth knowledge and secure grasp of the presuppositions of the most commonly used approaches in the empirical human sciences and in social and political thinking
    • Competence, demonstrated both orally and in writing, in expressing, presenting and reporting relevant insights in a clear and succinct way.
    • Gaining a critical but also open academic attitude toward new developments in science and society.
    • Providing opportunities for practical implementation of what has been learned, such as training in leadership or internships with profit or non-profit organizations.
    Prospects after your Master´s

    After completing the Masters program it is possible to continue studies at VU University Amsterdam in a Ph.D. program. In principle this is the student's own initiative. The Faculty of Philosophy has possibilities in this regard or can advise students where best to pursue more specialized Ph.D. studies.

    Part-time study

    The Master´s programme in Christian Studies of Science and Society can also be studied on a part-time basis. Although the programme is not officially a part-time programme, a number of students are taking it on a part-time basis. While this is possible, it will leave you very little time for other activities during the first period of classes (consisting of two blocks from September to December). Many working students take a short sabbatical during this period.


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