The idea for a establishing a European Master’s degree in and for the youth field goes back to the early 1990s, when the field of European youth studies first took shape in what was then called the ‘new Europe’. Rapid, complex and momentous political, social and economic change throughout the region posed policy and practice in the youth field with new issues and challenges. At the same time, non-formal youth education and youth work found themselves faced with new and expanded roles as exchange programmes and highly diverse forms of migration and mobility.
Youth research in Europe had developed in uneven ways in different countries and linguistic-cultural discourse traditions, whereas comparative and intercultural inquiry remained rare. The Council of Europe’s Directorate of Youth and Sport and especially its European Youth Centre in Strasbourg (and subsequently in Budapest) had long fashioned an innovative crucible for European-wide youth policy, youth education and youth work; from the mid-1980s, it had also begun to support debate and exchange between youth researchers. The international community of research and practice that emerged around these initiatives gave rise to the M.A. EYS project.
We conceptualise and implement the e-learning component for the M.A. EYS — a community of discourse, inquiry and practice at dip.youthstudies.eu.