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Master
Pedagogical Sciences: Youth at Risk (track)
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Study programme

Programme outline

The one-year programme (60 EC) has two semesters. The first semester consists of four specialised courses (24 EC in total) on the main topics of the master. In addition, there is one course on Method and Statistics (3 EC) and one on professional skills (3 EC). In the second semester students write a thesis (18 EC), and do an internship (12 EC). Both for Dutch and English speaking students internships are possible in the Netherlands as well as abroad.

COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Resilience and risk processes in children and adolescents
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    6
  • School Adjustment
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    6
  • Intervention essentials: effects, implementation and diversity
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    6
  • Parent and peer influences in youth development
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    6
  • Masterclass methods and statistics
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    3
  • Masterclass professional skills
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    3
  • Internship*
    1—6
    12
  • Masterthesis Youth at risk
    1—6
    18
Go to the UvA Course catalogue

* In some cases, there is a possibility to substitute the internship with restricted-choice elective courses (check UvA Course catalogue for the options) in consultation with the programme coordinator.

'Youth at Risk touches on the most important contexts that youth interact with and it gives you good insight into the mechanisms that can put youngsters at risk.'
Pim Looze

Teaching model

The teaching model in this master's track has three key features:

  1. It is inherently multidisciplinary in nature, with staff coming from the disciplines of Parenting and Family Science, Educational Science, Developmental Psychology, Sociology, and Public Health.
  2. It has a highly activating didactic approach.
  3. The master's track takes an international perspective. It does so by examining and comparing youth care and prevention policies and programs across countries. The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and working groups. 

Students will be assessed by a variety of methods including examinations, papers, course assignments and a thesis.

Additional options

Electives

In the second semester we offer a 12 EC hands-on course aimed at learning how to develop preventive interventions based on the state-of-the-art in scientific knowledge. This course can be followed as a substitute for the Internship.

Internship

The programme offers a range of relevant internship options for you to choose from. Options include both internships in the Netherlands and abroad.

Workload

A large part of your programme focuses on self-study. In addition to this you have weekly lectures and tutorials.

Lectures: 4 hours per week
Tutorials: 6 hours per week
Self-study: 30 hours per week