The Master’s Degree in Social Exclusion affords students the opportunity to learn about the phenomenon of Social Exclusion from various perspectives. Key among these perspectives are the four areas of specialization offered at the Faculty of Arts, Psychology and Theology:

    1.  Gender studies,
    2. Philosophy,
    3. Study of religions (or Theological Ethics and Philosophy of Religion)
    4. Global History.

An easy way to think of these specializations is to think of them as a ‘minor’ to the ‘major’ subject of Social Exclusion. Whilst students will be learning about Social Exclusion from the focused perspective of their chosen ‘minor’, they will not be an expert in that field as their major subject is Social Exclusion.

A specialization in gender studies “offers insights into a variety of societal and cultural phenomena and teaches critical, creative, analytical thinking around questions of marginalization and empowerment”. A philosophy specialization affords students the possibility to “hone their skills in expressing themselves in speech and writing” whilst also learning to how to think about the phenomenon of social exclusion. Study of religions “deals with religion in the past and present from various viewpoints, including purely historical studies, comparative studies and studies in the psychology, sociology, anthropology and pedagogy of religion.” Alternatively, Theological Ethics and Philosophy of Religion “is a discipline that studies various forms of religious phenomena from the viewpoint of Christian tradition.” In both the study of religions and theology, students will study social exclusion through a focus on the religions and lifeviews of socially excluded individuals. Finally, in the global history specialization “you will not only be studying individual events, but also learn how to reveal the bigger picture within the details” to various cases of social exclusion.

Throughout the duration of the two year degree studies, students will be exposed to materials which will both educate and inform them about how social exclusion persists as a multifaceted and multidimensional phenomenon in the contemporary world. For this reason, these four specializations offer critical insights across a wide domain of topics, and utilize specialized materials to accomplish this through a multidisciplinary, and an interdisciplinary approach. Whilst students will eventually be required to choose one area of specialization in their second year, they will be introduced to the four areas of specialization throughout their two years through introductory courses in the first year and specialization courses in both years.

In the first year, students will take courses designed to introduce them to the specialization (in addition to specialization specific courses). These courses are: Social Exclusion in a Historical PerspectiveSocial Exclusion, Religion and LifeviewsSocial Exclusion in a Philosophical Perspective, and Diversity, Equality, Inclusion.

The specialization course per chosen specialization is broken down as follows:

    1.  Gender studies:
      1. Advanced Feminist Theory 1
      2. Optional Theme Gender Studies 2
      3. Thesis Writing with a Gender Studies Specialization
      4. Feminist Methodology
    2. Philosophy:
      1. Doing Research in the Human Sciences
      2. Participation in the Philosophical Research Seminar
      3. Truth, Power and Justice
      4. Philosophies of Inclusion: Moral and Political Transformation or Ethical and Globally Sustainable Leadership
    3. Study of religions:
      1. Social Exclusion, Religion and Lifeviews: Advanced Perspectives I
      2. Social Exclusion, Religion and Lifeviews: Advanced Perspectives II
      3. Methods and Research in Religion
      4. Advanced Specialization in the Study of Religions
    4. (Alternatively) Theological Ethics and Philosophy of Religion:
      1. Ethics Between the Theory and Praxis – Case Studies on Social Exclusion/Inclusion
      2. Life View Theories and Theological Perspectives on Social Exclusion
      3. Deepening the Perspectives – Texts on Chosen Theory of Main Thinker
      4. Seminar on Written Essays
    5. Global History:
      1. Global History (Advanced Level) VI: Optional Specialization 2
      2. Global History (Advanced Level) IV: Thematic Perspectives
      3. Nation, Ethnicity and Minority
      4. Optional Advanced Course

Course descriptions and further content and be found in the StudieHandboken.