About the Faculty

At the Faculty of Social Sciences we study human behaviour, feeling and thinking, sometimes at the individual level, and sometimes considering the behaviour of large groups.

The individual and society are the focus of our work. Within that context we look at themes such as human behaviour and the psyche, education and child-raising, communication, and society and culture. Every day our researchers, teachers and the supporting personnel work together on:

  • Educating students as independent, academically-trained individuals with their own perceptions of the world
    Bringing students together – not only in lecture settings but also in small workgroups – enables our teachers to give them individual attention. This makes it easier to stimulate students to develop a critical, questioning approach. The direct contact that is possible in small-scale teaching fosters a pleasant atmosphere in which students can deepen their knowledge of the field and develop as independent, academically-trained individuals with their own perceptions of the world.
  • Developing new knowledge
    We encourage our researchers from different disciplines to combine their knowledge. For example psychologists, pedagogues and communication scientists may examine a research topic, each from their own perspective, and use different methods for analysis and research. This often results in new and surprising insights.
  • Multi-disciplinary and international partnerships
    Everyone has different insights. By combining them, we can achieve a better understanding of problems and of one another. This is why researchers exchange ideas with their fellow researchers, but also with professionals practising in the field. The Faculty sees added value in an international vision and therefore encourages its students, researchers and teachers to have international ambitions.
  • Communicating scientific knowledge
    The knowledge produced by the social sciences has great social value, which is only felt to the full when that knowledge is made widely available. Only then do government bodies, organisations and individuals gain benefit from it. We apply our knowledge in areas such as consultancy work, for government bodies and educational and health-care organisations. We also share our knowledge with practising professionals, for example on interventions for psychiatric and behavioural problems, or how schools and parents can use new media for positive purposes.

Research themes

  • Development and learning
  • Psychopathology, health and well-being
  • Social processes and communication
  • Language and communication
  • Perception, action and control
  • Plasticity and memory
  • Brain structure and neuronal communication
  • Inequality, cohesion and modernisation in Western and other societies

Read more about our research.

Our teaching areas

  • Anthropology and Development Sociology
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Communication Science
  • Pedagogic Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

About our teaching programmes