School of Social Sciences

The Faculty School of Social Sciences is new at Hasselt University since academic year 2022-2023. 

As a social sciences student, you have a great interest in the complex, rapidly changing world around you. You want to fully understand and tackle important social evolutions. On top of that, a critical attitude is very important to make a difference as a social scientist!

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Opening lecture Social Sciences

19 September 2023
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26 Oct

Infoavond voor toekomstige studenten en hun ouders

26 October 2023
Campus Diepenbeek - gebouw D


24 Oct

Trial day

24 October 2023 08:30 - 15:00 UHasselt | Campus Hasselt
12 Feb

Open course day

12 February 2024 - 16 February 2024 09:00 - 16:00
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Bachelor of Social Sciences

  • Have you always wondered what makes us so susceptible to social media news?
  • Do you ask yourself why young people are taking to the streets en masse against climate change today?
  • Do you worry about how society should deal with growing diversity?
  • Do you want to think about how citizens can regain confidence in the political system?

Then you are definitely in the right place at our Faculty School!

In our brand new Bachelor's program in Social Sciences, you will immerse yourself in the fascinating, complex and ever-changing relationship between people and society. You focus on three important cornerstones of our contemporary and future society: digitalization, diversity and democracy. You make the difference as a social scientist!

Read all about the education we offer!

Studying at UHasselt? We have a unique educational model, tailored to the world, the labor market and the new generation of students.

Discover exactly how we approach this and our Social Sciences program in the brochure.

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The research of the Faculty School of Social Sciences is in line with the three 'grand challenges' that are central to the programme: digitalisation, diversity and democracy. Because of the complexity of these challenges, we are strongly committed to interdisciplinary research. This research is primarily based on the three essential social science disciplines: communication sciences, sociology and public administration, but also makes use of the expertise and research of other research groups within UHasselt.

Research group R4D

R4D is a research group of Hasselt University (UHasselt) and is part of the Faculty School for Social Sciences. In its interdisciplinary research, R4D focuses on three major grand challenges: Digitalization, Diversity and Democracy and related themes. With its research, R4D feeds the new bachelor's program in social sciences at UHasselt.

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About the school

Mission and vision

The Faculty School for Social Sciences wants to educate students who are fascinated by the societal challenges or 'grand challenges' of our contemporary and future society and who can make a difference themselves. The students not only acquire the scientific knowledge that is necessary to understand these challenges and opportunities, but also critically and actively deal with them. Three challenges are central: digitalisation, diversity and democracy. The broad region around the university is the living lab in which we identify and analyze these challenges and look for creative solutions and answers.

Thanks to the case-oriented teaching model, students actively work with the subject matter. Concepts, theories and methods are presented on the basis of concrete, realistic and current cases. By interacting with each other, students develop all kinds of competences that will come in handy in their professional lives.

Education at the Faculty School of Social Sciences is fed by the research group Research for Digitalisation, Diversity and Democracy (R4D). The research group conducts interdisciplinary research on themes related to digitalisation, diversity and democracy.

Organisation and management

Prof. dr. Piet Pauwels

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Chairman of the faculty board

Ilse Peters


Administrative director

Contact and location

School for Social Sciences


Martelarenlaan 42, 3500 Hasselt

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