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International Relations

Vak 2017-2018

Admission requirements

Admission to the Masters programme.

Basic training in international relations or public international law.

Description

Major trends in contemporary world politics are discussed from the perspective of different theoretical models. The focus will be on the impact of globalization as well as the inherent tensions between the global distribution of power and the quest for world order. Key topics like the relations between the established and emerging powers, the new security threats and asymmetric warfare (e.g. terrorism), regional integration and the position of the nation-state will be dealt with. While the general orientation of the course is predominantly empirical, normative (ethical) concerns are also included.

Course objectives

Objectives of the course
The course has the following objectives: Making law students sensitive to the political context of international legal problems while providing them insight into the interaction of international politics and international law.

Achievement levels
The following achievement levels apply with regard to the course: Students are able to critically evaluate major theoretical contributions in the field of study, and to assess their relevance to policymaking.

Timetable

The timetable of this course can be found in uSis.

Mode of instruction

Lectures

  • Number of (2 hour) lectures: 10
  • Names of lecturers: to be determined
  • Required preparation by students: Prior reading of book chapters

Assessment method

Examination form(s)
Written exam (one week after the final lecture).

It is possible the reexamination will be an oral exam.

Regulation retake passed exams
In this course it is possible to retake an exam that has been passed (cf. art. 4.1.8.1 and further of the Course and Examination Regulations), on the condition that this course is included in the compulsory components of the degree programme. Students who have passed the exam may retake the final written assessment (test) of the course. Please contact the Student Administration Office (OIC) for more information.

Submission procedures
To be announced.

Areas to be tested within the exam
The examination syllabus consists of the required reading (literature) for the course, the course information guide and the subjects taught in the lectures.

Depending on the number of students for the retake we may decide to hold an oral retake instead of a written retake. Students will be informed at least 10 days before the oral retake.

Blackboard

This course uses Blackboard (digital learning environment).

Reading list

Obligatory course materials
Literature:
John Baylis, Steven Smith, and Patricia Owens (eds), The Globalization of World Politics, Oxford University Press, 2017 (7th ed.)

Course information guide:
Will be available 4 weeks before the beginning of the course.

Reader:
None.

Registration

Through uSis.

Contact information

  • Co-ordinator: Dr. Niels van Willigen
  • Work address: Pieter de la Court building, room 5b33
  • Contact information: through e-mail
  • Telephone number: 071-527 3632
  • Email: willigen@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

Institution/division

  • Institute: Public International Law
  • Department: Public Law
  • Room number secretary: B121
  • Opening hours: 9.00-17.00
  • Telephone number secretary: 071-527 7578
  • Email: volkenrecht@law.leidenuniv.nl