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(Institute of Social Studies)
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Course Type: Diploma and Certificate Courses
Training Provider: Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
School/Institute/Dept./Centre: Institute of Social Studies (ISS)

CYD is intended primarily for young and mid-career professionals in international, national and local development agencies who work on issues involving children and youth. Staff of institutes of higher education and research and those who intend to follow a career path in this field are also welcome.

The Children, Youth and Development Diploma Programme (CYD) is delivered by the international Centre for Child and Youth Studies, a collaborative initiative of the ISS and International Child Development Initiatives (ICDI). iCCYS responds to the increased concern at national and international levels for the protection of children and youth, the promotion of their rights and well-being and their capacity to play an active role in their own and their society’s development.

The CYD Programme challenges participants to broaden their knowledge and horizons and deepen their practical skills in the field of children, youth and development.

Learning objectives

By the end of the programme participants will have:

  • become familiar with key ideas and debates on childhood and youth in the social sciences;
  • explored the implications of child/youth rights and rights-based approaches for policy-making and programming;
  • explored key problem areas in this field with special attention to the design of effective child/youth-centred programmes and projects;
  • improved their capacities to prepare and present professional briefing papers and proposals and to participate with confidence in public debates. 

Programme description

The Diploma programme comprises four modules. The first (1) Child/Youth Studies in the Development Context provides strong grounding in key issues, concepts and debates in the field of child/youth studies in the development context.

Participants select one of two parallel option modules: Module (2) on issues related to Early Childhood Development or module (3) Adolescents, Youth and Development. Module (4) Tools And Skills In Rights-Based Programming for Children and Young People strengthens practical skills in policy analysis and programme development.

Study visits are made to various agencies in the Netherlands focusing on childhood and youth issues, and to one or more other European countries.

Modules (1), (2) and (3) are also offered as full-time, stand-alone Short Courses.

For more detailed information on the programme check the academic calendar. Please be aware that this is the calendar for the 2005 programme, the 2006 programme might be slightly different.

Teaching Methods

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, discussion groups, workshops, study visits and guided individual work.

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Course Details

Dr Karin Arts
Associate Professor in International Law and Development

Dr Loes Keysers
Lecturer in Women and Development Studies

Dr Auma Okwany (Convenor)
Lecturer in Social Policies

Dr Nico van Oudenhoven (ICDI)

Dr Rekha Wazir (ICDI)

Prof. Ben White
Professor of Rural Sociology

Please see ISS website for further details.

Entry Requirements:
English language requirements: The ISS does not require a language certificate from native English-speakers. Inhabitants from the following countries are considered native speakers: Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, USA, Australia, New Sealand, India, Philippines, Botswana, Eritrea, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenia, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe and inhabitants from the English-speaking part of Cameroon, Rwanda and Sierra Leone.

All other candidates must provide a certificate from one of the following bodies:

TOEFL: For MA applicants, the minimum acceptable score is 550 on the TOEFL and 4.5 on the TWE. For those taking the computer-based TOEFL test, the minimum acceptable score is 213, with an Essay Rating of at least 4.5.

Important: If you inform TOEFL that the ISS Institution Code is 9714 and the Department Code is 01, they will send information directly to the ISS.

British Council: For MA applicants, the minimum acceptable score is 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.0 for writing.

Course Duration:
This is a 10.5-week Post-graduate Diploma Programme, running from 26 April – 7 July 2006 and 18 April – 29 June 2007

Language(s) of Instruction:
  • English

Mode of Study:
  • residential

Thematic Focus:
  • Anthropology/Sociology
  • Development Management
  • Development Policy
  • Development Studies
  • Education
  • Gender Issues
  • Governance
  • Health/Public Health
  • Social Policy and Development
  • :Other:

  • Netherlands

Town(s) or City(ies):
The Hague

Course fees:
3500 EUR

Scholarships & Awards:
Students should apply to the Netherlands Fellowship Programme

Further Funding Information:

Course's Webpage:

Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
Training Provider: Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
Contact Telephone: +31 (0)70 426 0460
Courses: 8
ISS is a unique – independent and international – graduate school in the social sciences. It is one of the oldest and largest centres for the comparative study and research of social, political and economic development and change. ISS offers quality learning to its students, all young and mid-career professionals, and critical social science knowledge to its scientific peers, and stimulates debate with the general public, through an organisation that strives for ‘total quality care’.

The courses - all taught in English - provide knowledge and insights in a number of fields including development economics, sociology, politics, public policy and management, governance, gender, employment, population, social security, children and youth, and human rights.

The Institute offers a four-year PhD programme, a 15.5-month MA in Development Studies with various specialisations, postgraduate diploma programmes and tailor-made short courses. All degrees are recognised internationally and by Dutch legislation on higher education.

Over the past 50 years, around 10,000 students from more than 160 countries have studied at ISS. Many now hold leading positions in government, international organisations, higher education, planning agencies and non-governmental organisations.

The staff is drawn from around thirty countries from all over the world. The multicultural community at ISS offers an excellent learning environment both inside and outside the classroom, in which students can gain from each others’ diverse experience.

The ISS participates with other academic institutes in the Netherlands, including the University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University and Wageningen University, in the CERES Research School (Centre for Resource Studies for Development). During their stay PhD students participate in the School’s activities, which include special courses and workshops. This gives them an opportunity to interact with PhD students from other universities in the Netherlands.

ISS is situated in the centre of The Hague, the city of peace and justice. The Hague is home to over 150 organisations like the Permanent Court of International Justice, the Peace Palace Library and Europol. From the Hague it takes a few hours to travel to European cities like Brussels, Paris or London. The ISS guarantees accommodation for all students. The ISS possesses of its own housing close to the institution’s premises and in other parts of The Hague. The ISS has its own library which focuses on the social sciences with a predominant focus on developing countries. The institute has a permanent broad band connection to the internet and students get their own email account.

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