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International Relations


Admission requirements

Basic training in international relations or public international law.


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.


The timetable of this course can be found in uSis.

Mode of instruction


  • Number of (2 hour) lectures: 10

  • Names of lecturers: Prof. van Staden

  • Required preparation by students: Prior reading of book chapters


  • Number of (2 hour) seminars:

  • Names of instructors:

  • Required preparation by students:

Other methods of instruction

Assessment method

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

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 infoinformation guide and the subjects taught in the lectures.


This course uses Blackboard (digital learning environment).

Reading list

Obligatory course materials
John Baylis, Steven Smith, and Patricia Owens (eds), The Globalization of World Politics, Oxford University Press, 2011 5th ed.

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


Recommended course materials


Through uSis.

Contact information

  • Co-ordinator: Prof. dr. Alfred van Staden

  • Work address: KOG room B137

  • Contact information: through e-mail

  • Telephone number: 071-527 8937

  • Email:


  • Institute: Public International Law

  • Department: Public Law

  • Room number secretary: B121

  • Opening hours: 9.00-17.00

  • Telephone number secretary: 071-527 7578

  • Email:




Belangstellenden die deze cursus in het kader van contractonderwijs willen volgen (met tentamen), kunnen meer informatie vinden over kosten, inschrijving, voorwaarden, etc. op de website van Juridisch PAO