Fleur Gijsen

Fleur Gijsen
I think it is important that there are people in the working field with this degree, because it allows them to think more in-depth and theoretically about political and societal issues.
Name
Fleur Gijsen
Programme
Political Theory
Study start date
Study end date
Previous education
Bestuurskunde/Overheidsmanagement - Avans Hogeschool

Fleur Gijsen is a Master's student Political Theory.

What do you like about the programme/specialisation and why? How has the programme/specialisation challenged you (in relation to your previous education)?

What I liked most about the specialisation is the normative and theoretical approximation in comparison to the other specialisations, and it is less empirically approached. It allowed us to look at the foundation of politics and the most influential philosophers that were important in that time, and often still are to this day. The Political Theory specialisation is most often a small group of students, who are taught by a small group of teachers. This makes it easy to get in touch with each other.

What do you think about the atmosphere in class (for example the relationship between students and with the teachers/researchers)?

The atmosphere in class felt very equivalent. We were often debating about normative subjects, and these debates were always very respectful and pleasant to have. The barrier between students and teachers was also very low, which made it accessible to participate in class.

What do you find most challenging in your Master’s (specialisation)? Have you encountered any obstacles?

What I found most challenging in the Political Theory specialisation is the different way of teaching in comparison to the pre-Master's programme (or the Bachelor's programme). It asks for a lot of preparation and reading to be able to actively participate in class. You hardly get any lectures anymore, but only seminars in small groups in which you actively debate about the subjects you have read about with your fellow peers .

Are you currently doing an internship? Or what is your thesis about?

The research question of my Master's thesis is ‘How much power should the local government have to achieve just policy and a just division of resources?’.

Why do you think is it important that there are people out there with this degree? What are your plans once have received your Master's degree?

I think it is important that there are people in the working field with this degree, because it allows them to think more in-depth and theoretically about political and societal issues. Political theorists tend to look at the foundations of certain phenomena, which might be a cause for qualitatively good solutions for issues that exist in both politics and society. After receiving my Master's degree, I want to gain experience in the governmental working field to hopefully some day get a job as a political or administrative advisor for a municipality or province.