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!
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!
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.
In providing education and research within the domains of digitisation, democracy and diversity, we can rely on highly motivated and committed experts in the sub-domains we offer within our programme.
In our Faculty School, we find it important to put together a dynamic team so that we can emphasise and live up to the mission and vision of civic university as a socially-oriented education provider.
The chairman of our Faculty School Board is Prof. Piet Pauwels.
Who are our professors, lecturers, practical assistants, researchers and administrative support staff?
We are happy to introduce them to you.
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.
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.
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.