International Relations: International Studies, 2013-2014

This one-year Master of Arts in International Relations, specialisation International Studies offered by the Faculty of the Humanities of Leiden University, discusses the pivotal theoretical and practical issues in international politics today, thereby providing students with the contextual knowledge and the analytical abilities to study and comprehend the diversity and the complexities of our rapidly changing world. International Studies takes a special interest in the encounter, the interactions between global and national ideas, cultures, and policies.

The programme consists of one core course in each semester as well as a preparatory class on writing a thesis (thesis seminar) and the writing of the thesis itself. The remaining 20 EC can be acquired by choosing electives or an internship.

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Objectives

International Studies discusses the pivotal theoretical and practical issues in international politics today, thereby providing students with the contextual knowledge and the analytical abilities to study and comprehend the diversity and the complexities of our rapidly changing world. International Studies takes a special interest in the encounter, the interactions between global and national ideas, cultures, and policies.

Structure

The programme consists of two semesters, each consisting of 30 EC. In the first semester students follow three courses of 10 EC each. In the second semester students take two more 10 EC-courses and write their Thesis (10 EC).

In the first semester all students take the course ‘Corpus I, Core Course’ (10 EC). This course discusses the theoretical and the empirical dimensions of critical political and social concepts, ideas and beliefs in the spatial and temporal context of current global politics.
In addition to this common course, students take the Thesis Seminar (10 EC) and choose one course from a list of electives (10 EC).

In the second semester all students take the course ‘Corpus II, Core Course’ (10 EC). This second core course seeks to challenge this ‘Western bias’ in International Relations by critically exploring a range of contemporary issues across a number of areas or regions from the vantage point of ‘non-Western’ theoretical positions. In so doing, this core course challenges students to cultivate a truly international mindset that is culturally aware and can generate more effective policy in the future.
Furthermore, students choose one course from a list of electives (10 EC) and write their Thesis (10 EC).

For students starting in the Spring Semester the programme looks slightly different:
In the first semester, students take ‘Corpus II, Core Course’; the Thesis Seminar and they choose one elective.
In the second semester, students take ‘Corpus I, Core Course’, they choose one elective and write their Thesis.

Contact information

For more information, contact the Co-ordinator of Studies

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