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Advocacy in Global Challenges and Climate Change


Admission requirements

MSc International Relations and Diplomacy students.


This elective course will zoom in on how global challenges are discussed and addressed in a world where great powers are increasingly assertive with a focus on climate change. Other topics covered will include food and water scarcity, the Sustainable Development Goals/ Agenda 2030, global health and migration. For each of these topics, it will be discussed how multilateral fora address them and how non-governmental organisations (NGOs, philantrophy), the private sector and local governments (cities) contribute to agenda-setting and action on the ground. Their relevance for development and security will be discussed. The course will use theories on interest groups and advocacy, governance of global public goods, securitisation, framing and venue shopping. It will point to the advantages and disadvantages of formal and informal modes of governance from a legitimacy and effectiveness point of view. Specific attention will be given to the role of great powers (China, US, Russia and EU) and how various global challenges relate to climate change.

A course outline will be available on Brightspace. Overviews of the prescribed literature, and other documents for each week will be posted on Brightspace as well.

Course objectives

After successfully completing this course, students:

  • have knowledge of and insight into the magnitude of contemporary global challenges and how they are discussed in international political debates.

  • have bolstered their writing and presentation skills

  • know more about international advocacy on global challenges and have practiced with social media and writing an advocacy paper


On the right-hand side of the programme front page of the E-Prospectus you will find a link to the online timetables.

Mode of instruction

The course comprises introductory lectures and class presentations/videos prepared by students. Guest speakers with expertise on specific global challenges may be invited. Class attendance is required and active participation and contribution to social media activities linked to the course is expected and appreciated.

Study load: 140 hours

Assessment method

  • Course participation (10%)

  • Advocacy paper of max 2 pages (20%)

  • Group presentation (30%)

  • Final essay (40%)

Guidelines for the papers (incl. deadlines, formatting instructions, grading criteria and tips for writing) will be posted on Brightspace.

Failed partial grades or components should be compensated by passed partial grades or components. The calculated grade must be at least 5,5 to pass the course. It is not possible to re-sit a partial grade or component once you have passed the course.

Should a student fail the overall course, s/he can complete the course in the next academic year. In cases of exceptional circumstances, a student may apply to the board of examiners for a resit to complete the course in the same academic year.

Reading list

The prescribed literature, case law and other materials will be announced on Brightspace. Students are encouraged to search for additional sources in preparation of the papers. Tips on where to find relevant sources will be provided on Brightspace as well.


The programme will register the students in Usis based on the group division. Use Brightspace for course information.


Dr. L. van Schaik


This course is an elective course designed for MIRD students.
This elective is conditional on at least 5 students registering for this course.
Second year students will get priority.

This is an intensive course which will take place during January.