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Actors in World Politics


Admission requirements

No Admission Requirements


This course introduces students to the study of actors in international relations. Mainstream approaches to international politics have theorized the international as a space composed essentially of states. While addressing the central question of state formation and domination in world politics, this course will give the keys to understand the complexity and diversity of the contemporary international, composed among others, of NGOs, diasporas, pirates, mercenaries, transnational hacktivist and terrorist networks. It will conclude by assessing the possibilities and limits of a cosmopolitan society.

Course objectives

Concise description of the course objectives formulated in terms of knowledge, insight and skills students will have acquired at the end of the course. The relationship between these objectives and achievement levels for the programme should be evident.
At the end of this course, students will posess analytical and critical skills to make sense of state and non-state actors in world politics.



Mode of instruction


Course Load

  • Attending lectures: 4h x 7 weeks = 28h

  • Readings for the course: 6h x 7 weeks = 42h

Assessment method

Final exam with multiple choice

First opportunity for written exam: Monday 18 December 2017, 09:00-12:00

Second opportunity for written exam: Friday 26 January 2018, 09:00 12:00

Reading list



See Introduction page.