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Optioneel keuzevak: Introduction to International Relations and Organizations



A broad introduction to the international political system, main theories of international politics and foreign policy making, and the nature of main international organizations such as the UN and its agencies and programs, regional organizations, NATO, as well as international non-governmental organizations. The focus is on maintaining peace, security, human rights, care for the global environment and socio-economic progress.

Course objectives

To improve understanding of how the global and regional systems work, the main problems of international governance, and how to tackle global policy issues more effectively.


The (provisional) timetable is on the first page of the e-Prospectus.

Mode of instruction

Lectures, writing 3 essays of 2 pages each, readings of about 500 pages.

Assessment method

The course grade depends for 50% on the essays and for 50% on an exam. Grading is on a scale of 0 (no answer) to 10 (could not possibly be better). 6 is sufficient, 8 is good.


Some materials will be on Blackboard

Reading list

Ray and Kaarvi, Global Politics, most recent edition.


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*Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the “Prospective students website”: for information on how to apply.

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