VU Faculty of Social Sciences

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The Faculty of Social Sciences is a broadly disciplined faculty wherein the following classic disciplines and modern terrains have a place:

  • Communication and Organization Sciences
  • Philanthropic Studies
  • Political Science and Public Administration
  • Sociology and Cultural Anthropology

The strength of the faculty comes from the combination and cooperation between disciplines and its focus on current societal issues. The staff currently consists of about 300 people. Each year about 1.500 bachelor students and about 1.400 (pre-)master students enroll for one of its programs.

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Please note:

  • The course list below contains only the courses the Faculty contributes to the PPE programme (or participates in – in case of an integrative course). The Faculty of Social Sciences offers also other courses, part of other bachelor and master programmes.
  • The faculty list below contains only the researchers/lecturers involved in the PPE programme. The Faculty of Social Sciences as a whole consists of a larger body of people.
Contact Information
Prof. dr. Barbara Vis
PPE head of studies Political Science
  • +31 (0)20 598 5037
  • b.vis@vu.nl
  • Visit Website
  • Faculty of Social Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam
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Our Courses

Our Faculty

Dr. Bastiaan van Apeldoorn
International Relations

Dr. Bastiaan van Apeldoorn

Bastiaan van Apeldoorn (1970) is Associate Professor in International Relations in...
Britta Brugman, M.Sc.
Political Communication

Britta Brugman, M.Sc.

PPE TUTOR TEAM Britta Brugman is PhD candidate and junior lecturer at the John Stuart...
Prof. Ben Crum
Political Theory

Prof. Ben Crum

Ben Crum (1970) is Professor of Political Science at VU Amsterdam and co-director...
Dr. Nana de Graaff
International Relations and International Political Economy

Dr. Nana de Graaff

Naná de Graaff (1973) is Assistant Professor in International Relations at the Department...
Prof. Anton Hemerijck
Comparative European Social Policy

Prof. Anton Hemerijck

Anton Hemerijck (1958) is Professor of Institutional Policy Analysis at VU Amsterdam....
Prof. Jan Kleinneijenhuis
Communication Science

Prof. Jan Kleinneijenhuis

Jan Kleinnijenhuis (1954) is Professor of Communication Science at VU Amsterdam (since...
Dr. Patrick Overeem
Ethics & Public Values; Administrative & Political Theory/Relations

Dr. Patrick Overeem

PPE COORDINATOR POLITICAL SCIENCE COURSES. Since September 2016 Patrick Overeem is...
Dr. Philip Pattberg
Transnational Environmental Governance and Policy

Dr. Philip Pattberg

Philipp Pattberg (1975) is Associate Professor for Transnational Environmental Governance...
Prof. Willem Trommel
Public Policy and Governance

Prof. Willem Trommel

Willem Trommel (1959) is a sociologist and professor in public policy and governance...
Prof. Barbara Vis
Political Decision-Making

Prof. Barbara Vis

PPE HEAD OF STUDIES POLITICAL SCIENCE. Barbara Vis (1979) is professor of Political...
Prof. Wolfgang Wagner
International Security

Prof. Wolfgang Wagner

Wolfgang Wagner (1970) is professor of International Security at the Department of...