Sociology is a study field which deals with human social behavior. It can be also defined as the study of the origins, organization, institutions, and development of human society. Sociology is a part of social science and aims to acquire knowledge about human social factors by performing empirical and critical analysis through qualitative and quantitative techniques, interpretative, hermeneutic and philosophic approaches. The study field looks into the factors such as deviance, social stratification, social class, culture, social mobility, law and religion and develops scientific knowledge. Sociologists try to understand the issues that change the society. Graduates usually follow one of these paths: criminal justice, human services, education, research, policy or business. Students will develop their communication, analytical and research skills as well as understanding of various human aspects.
This intensive course introduces and investigates fictionality as a rhetorical and communicative strategy in various media and discursive contexts in a way that extricates it from fiction in the generic sense. The course presents state-of-the-art research on how fictionality helps us navigate in a contemporary mediatized cultural context, and how fictionality has been used in various historical contexts to legitimize or delegitimize actions and utterances.
Cities are both economic engines, dynamic, creative, cultural hubs and concentrations of poverty, inequality, pollution and congestion. While the benefits of urban life are plentiful, these challenges continue to grow. The aim of this two week course is to better understand the major challenges and opportunities confronting European and North American cities in the 21st Century. Specific attention will be paid to Dutch cities, through a combination of lectures, seminars and fieldtrips to Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Eindhoven.
This course is about globalization, migration, and internationalization. What does psychology have to say about societies that become more multicultural, international students, and diverse teams in organizations and at the workplace? How can psychology contribute to make organizations and societies more inclusive?
The Children at Risk programme is based on dialogue and on a participatory approach to learning. All students are expected to take an active part in the study activities and to contribute to the learning process through discussions, presentations and the exchange of professional experiences and reflections.
This module examines if, how, why and to what consequence social and cultural media texts, networks, institutions and practices represent identities such gender, sexuality, ethnicity, age and disability.
This module examines how development practices are embedded in cultural contexts. You explore the theoretical debates and how these inform orientations and interactions ‘on the ground’ and the relationship between development and religious and ethnic identities.
The intensive course “Human/Inhuman/Posthuman” offers an introduction to contemporary debates around posthumaninsm and the so-called ‘posthuman turn’, as well as Rosi Braidotti’s brand of critical posthuman theory. The course will explore the extent to which a posthuman approach displaces the traditional humanistic unity of the subject, as well as the binary human/non-human distinction on which such unity is postulated.
Our NCFE Level 3 Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools course will prepare you for a career working with children in the classroom, giving invaluable educational support to teachers. Demand is high for trained and enthusiastic teaching assistants all over the country, and this Teaching Assistant course, building on what you will have learned from the NCFE Level 2 Support Work in Schools course, will equip you with the skills and the qualifications you need to get into this rewarding career, working with children and helping them to learn and develop.
This interactive course gives an overview of different theories on (business) leadership, the influence of globalisation and culture, and leadership conflicts that might arise in an international setting. In a globalized world management and leadership become more internationally oriented too. The different cultures around the globe do not have one universal management style and firms expanding into new geographical areas do not always realize this.
Introduction into Sexuality Studies is an intensive three-week summer course and provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the important debates around sexuality and gender in the social sciences.
This course equips professionals with the knowledge and skills to advance social inclusion through a human rights framework. Through a combination of classroom hours and site visits, participants will gain an understanding of the manifestations of social exclusion within their own communities and how international human rights norms, standards and principles provide a framework for advancing inclusion. The course will prepare them to better create, implement, monitor and evaluate inclusive programmes and projects.
This course provides a broad conceptual framework for understanding and analyzing the main challenges to security in Africa, and for assessing policy responses. It offers a critical introduction to research on the various aspects of the current merging of security and development in Africa and puts this in the context of wider debates about governance, politics and the postcolonial state in Africa.