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International Regulation


Admission requirements

This course is open to Erasmus Exchange Students (Public Administration), Students of the Minor Bestuurskunde: Openbaar Bestuur, Beleid en Management, and Leiden University students (elective/keuzevak).


International challenges are at the center of many current public and political debates. For instance, while climate change looms large, a multitude of ongoing migration, health, and security challenges have causes and/or consequences that span international borders. At the same time, an increasingly diverse set of state and non-state actors is seeking to address these challenges, with varying levels of success.

This course will introduce students to the varieties, virtues, and vulnerabilities of international governance. To do so, we will explore questions like: what is “governance”? Who “governs” international challenges? Whose behavior are they trying to shift, and through which methods do they seek to do so? The course will especially emphasize how international governance architectures are designed and what role different actors play in shaping them. It will also explore how domestic governments respond to international governance initiatives and the factors that contribute to their success or failure.

Course objectives

This course will enable students to:
1. Understand the major actors, processes, promises, and challenges associated with international governance.
2. Evaluate theories of international governance and understand their use for analyzing real-world policy problems.
3. Further develop critical analysis, writing, and public speaking capabilities.


On the right side of programme front page of the studyguide you will find links to the timetables, uSis and Brightspace.

Mode of instruction

140 hours total:

  • Class meetings (lecture + activities): 7×2 hours.

  • Self-study: 126 hours

  • Class sessions will involve a mix of activities, including: lecture from the instructor, open discussion, small-group discussion, and other exercises.

  • Because of the highly interactive nature of the course, attendance and participation is essential.

  • This is a reading-intensive course. Completing and critically reflecting on the pre-session readings will be critical for students’ successful engagement in the sessions that follow, success on the final exam, and learning more generally. Every student will be required to submit short analytical reflections on the readings for several class sessions prior to those sessions.

Assessment method

The final grade is the weighted average of:

  • Reading responses: 45%

  • Final exam: 55%

Partial grades for this course can be compensated; the weighted average of all partial grades for this course must be at least 5.5.

Reading list



Register yourself via MyStudymap for each course. Registration for this course is possible from Tuesday 11 July, 13.00 h
Do so on time, before the start of the course; some courses and workgroups have limited spaces. You can view your personal schedule in MyTimetable after logging in.

Leiden University uses Brightspace as its online learning management system. After enrolment for the course in MyStudymap you will be automatically enrolled in the Brightspace environment of this course.

After registration for an exam you still need to confirm your attendance via MyStudymap. If you do not confirm, you will ultimately be de-registered and you will not be allowed to take the exam.
More information on registration via MyStudymap can be found on this page.

Please note: guest-/contract-/exchange students do not register via MyStudymap but via uSis. Guest-/contract-/exchange students also do not have to confirm their participation for exams via MyStudymap.


Dr. Gus Greenstein,