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Gateway to Global Affairs


Admission requirements

This course is designed for the minor Global Affaires. It is not possible to follow single courses of this minor. You need to be enrolled in Usis for the minor to be accepted to this course. There are 180 places open for registration, on a first come first serve basis, where LDE students are given priority.


This course will pay close attention to the shift to a multipolar world and will analyze positions and policies of a number of major states and other entities. Students will learn about the functioning of international organizations and the answers they are attempting to find to the 21st century challenges they are confronted with.
The course will confront modern day threats to stability: from a pandemic to cyber warfare, from climate change and mass migration to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Students will study interstate and intra-state conflicts as well as post-conflict reconstruction and nation-building. The political/military relationship is analyzed using a number of peacekeeping operations both in and outside a United Nations context as cases.

Course objectives

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • to familiarise the students with the functioning of the major nations and institutions of the 21st century globalised world;

  • to allow students to acquaint themselves with the nexus between theory and practice;

  • to confront students with the political, legal and moral questions which decision-makers in multilateral as well as national contexts are presented with every day;

  • to provide students with a good foundation for the rest of the minor.


The timetable will be displayed with a link on the website, blackboard and on the front page of this minor programma.
The schedule 2018 will be published asap.

Mode of instruction

7 lectures of 3 hours by instructors and guest lecturers.

Participation in lectures, discussions and exercises is required in order to obtain a grade. One lecture may be missed. Being absent more than once may likely lead to expulsion from the course.

Course Load

The total study load for this course is 140 hours, consisting of:

  • 14 hours for attending lectures

  • 126 hours studying – work on assignments

Assessment method

Two Essays:

  • Short essay (29%)

  • Long Essay (71%)
    Details for submitting papers (deadlines) are posted on Blackboard.

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

Compensation rule: Only assessments with the weight of 30% and lower are compensable. This means that one does not have to pass an assessment if it weighs 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 less than 30%, one is not allowed to redo it.
The Course and Examination Regulation Security Studies and the Rules and Regulation of the Board of Examiners of the Institute of Security and Global Affairs apply.


Blackboard will be used.

Reading list

TBA on Blackboard


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.


Lecturer: J.G. de Hoop Scheffer

Prof. Mr. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer


All sessions will be in English.
Essays need to be written in English.