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World Politics (LUC)

How is foreign policy made? Will the continued rise of China be peaceful? How is globalization changing world politics? Is cyber-war replacing ‘real’ war? What explains the rise of terrorism and violent extremism? How can peace be realised in Syria? How to account for recent Russian actions in Crimea and Ukraine? Did the nuclear deal with Iran make the world a safer place? How has the international response to civil wars has changed? If you are interested in questions of this kind, World Politics is the major for you.

In the World Politics major we examine interactions between states and between sates and non-state actors, including multinational corporations, nongovernmental organisations, civil societies, diasporas and armed groups. We start from the assumption that political inter-group conflict is a key driver of these interactions, which can escalate into arm conflicts, or could be managed, resolved and transformed.

Major tracks:

  • International Relations & Diplomacy (core track)

  • Globalisation and Transnational Politics (core track)

  • Peace & Conflict Studies (core track)

  • International History (core track)

  • Gender Studies (co-convened track with HD)

Major requirements:

  • 15 EC: three out of four 100-level Major core track courses, namely Introduction to International Relations & Diplomacy, Introduction to Globalisation and Transnational Politics, Introduction to Peace & Conflict Studies, Birth of the Modern World.

  • 10 EC: two methodology courses, to include Political Research Methods

  • 10 EC: Capstone

  • 45 EC: additional courses in the WP Major, including at least four 300-level courses

  • NOTE: make sure to have at least four courses at the 300-level

Major overview: Link


Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Introduction to Gender Studies 5
Introduction to International Relations & Diplomacy 5
Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies 5
Birth of the Modern World 5
Introduction to Globalization and Transnational Politics 5


Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Gender, Media and Conflict 5
Power in World Politics 5
Social Movements and Identity Politics 5
War and Strategic Studies 5
Quantitative Research Methods 5
Political Research Methods 5
Qualitative Research Methods 5
20th Century Diplomatic History 5
Critical Security Studies 5
Religion in World Politics 5
Studies in War: From the Crimea to the Second World War 5
Conflict and Democracy 5
Gender & Development 5
Historical Methods: International History in the Twentieth Century 5
Theories and Concepts in International Relations 5
European Integration 5
Foreign Policy and Diplomacy 5
Nations and Nationalism 5
Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality 5
Thinking about Politics: Power and Sovereignty 5


Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
History of the Middle East 5
Researching Terrorism and Counter-terrorism 5
Diplomacy of International Conflict 5
Feminist Philosophy 5
History & Politics of Global Migration 5
Regional Trends: The Rise of China 5
Ethics of Contemporary War 5
International Economic Relations 5
Multilateral Institutions 5
Regional Trends: Political Islam in the Middle East 5
Regional Trends: Political Transitions in Africa 5
Regional Trends: The EU and Its Neighbourhood 5
Studies in Conflict: From Algeria to Iraq 5
Genocide Studies 5
Public Diplomacy 5
Regional Trends: Contemporary Russian Politics and Security 5
Systems Thinking in Peacebuilding, Development and Public Health 5
Totalitarianism 5
Vulnerability, Gender and the Ethics of Care 5