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Social Sciences for Society

Faculty of Social Sciences

Social Sciences at the VU: understand the questions of today, contribute to the world of tomorrow.

The world is becoming more dynamic, diverse and international. This asks for highly educated people who can fathom today’s and tomorrow’s difficult problems from different perspectives and who have the skills to come up with surprising solutions. Social Sciences at VU Amsterdam educates you to be a critical thinker and practitioner.   

With us, you will receive a thorough education in one of the social sciences and at the same time, you will learn to look at big current social issues from different angles. There are no ready-made solutions for these so-called ‘wicked problems’. For example look at issues such as how to deal with illegal immigrants, privacy in a digital world and the question of whether there are boundaries to freedom of speech. These problems are so complex that you need several social sciences to understand them. At the VU you will learn to combine the disciplines in the second year in themes where these actual issues are discussed. You will learn to ask new questions, think of surprising solutions and make well-considered decisions. In short, you will learn by thinking and not settling for easy answers. 

A resilient healthcare system

How can various parties within our healthcare system collaborate to optimize care for patients and care providers?

Bianca Beersma is professor Organization sciences and conducts research into the collaboration and competition in the context of organizations. Mrs. Beersma is theme manager Care and Welfare for the ISR and investigates, among other things, several dilemmas within the healthcare system.

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