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Power Instruments


Admission requirements

This course serves as a concluding course for the minor Global Affairs and can thus only be followed as part of the minor or the track. The minor is accessible for bachelor students who have obtained their ‘propedeuse’ and have a keen interest in global affairs, but the level of teaching is most suitable for third-year students, particularly of Political Science, Public Administration, Law and International Studies. If there are any uncertainties about the suitability of your programme and profile to the minor, please do not hesitate to send an email to


The concluding course of the minor Global Affairs will discuss ‘Power Instruments’. During this course, students will learn about and discuss the power instruments of diplomacy, economy and military in a globalised and changing world. The main question will be: what are the consequences of the geopolitical developments for the use of the power instruments? How effective is diplomacy? How effective are economic sanctions and the use of military force?

Course objectives

At the end of the course, students will be able to: *explain and apply the concept of coercion; *apply the concept of coercion on specific cases; *demonstrate a well-founded understanding of the use of diplomacy, economic sanctions and military force in international politics;


To be announced by OSC staff.

Mode of instruction

The class will consist mainly of lectures and class debates in which current affairs pertaining to the course content will be discussed and analysed.

Course Load

A brief calculation of the course load, broken down by:
21 hours attending lectures and seminars
60 hours writing papers
59 hours studying the compulsory literature

Assessment method

Longer research paper (71%)
Shorter research paper (29%)

On the Global Affairs front-page of the E-guide you will find a link to the timetable, uSis and Blackboard.

*Re-sit rule: In order to redo the paper, you need to hand-in the first paper. If you fail to hand in the first paper, you will not be able to redo the paper. Students will be permitted to re-do the paper if they have a mark between 3 and 5,4 or with permission of the Board of Examiners.

*Late hand in penalty: 0,5 minus per day, and after seven days we do not accept papers any longer.

*Compensation rules: Only assessments with the weight of 30% and lower are compensable. This means that one does not have to pass an assessment if it weights less than 30% in order to pass the course, if the average of all assessments combined is at least a 5.5. In addition, assignments with less than 30% are not re-sitable, meaning that if one failed an assessment of 30%, one is not allowed to redo it.


The Syllabus will be uploaded two months before the minor begins. The books need to be bought in advance and the articles will be accessible via google scholar.

Reading list

Nye, J.S. (2011), ‘The Future of Power’, New York: Public Affairs
Wijk, R. de (2014), ‘The Art of Military Coercion’, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press
More articles and readings can be found in the Syllabus.


To be announced by OSC staff. Use both uSis and Blackboard to register for every course.

Register for every course and workgroup via uSis. In uSis you can access your personal schedule and view your results. Registration in uSis is possible from four weeks before the start of the course.

Also register for every course in Blackboard. Important information about the course is posted here.


For general questions about the minor Global Affairs:

For specific questions about the course, please contact the assistant and co-lecturer, Dr. Arlinda Rrustemi:;


This course can only be taken as part of the minor Global Affairs.
All sessions and workshops will be in English.
Midterm assignments and final exam need to be written in English.