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Political Science: International Relations and Organisations (The Hague)

Political Science, global affairs and the dynamics of international cooperation and conflict.

The international, English-taught 3-year programme of IRO is part of Leiden University’s Political Science curriculum and is based in The Hague, the city in which politics and international relations converge.

In this specialised bachelor’s programme you'll address transboundary issues from a social sciences point of view. IRO has a strong focus on diplomacy and current world problems, with particular attention paid to the role of major powers such as China, Russia, the USA and the EU, and organisations such as the IMF, NATO, UN, and the World Bank.

It is the right choice for you if you are fascinated by political science, global affairs and the dynamics of international cooperation and conflict. Themes such as war and peace, poverty, refugee crises, humanitarian cooperation, nuclear weapons reduction, and globalisation are covered in detail.

Practical Information

Political Science, global affairs and the dynamics of international cooperation and conflict.

The international, English-taught 3-year programme of IRO is part of Leiden University’s Political Science curriculum and is based in The Hague, the city in which politics and international relations converge.
In this specialised bachelor’s programme you'll address transboundary issues from a social sciences point of view. IRO has a strong focus on diplomacy and current world problems, with particular attention paid to the role of major powers such as China, Russia, the USA and the EU, and organisations such as the IMF, NATO, UN, and the World Bank.
It is the right choice for you if you are fascinated by political science, global affairs and the dynamics of international cooperation and conflict. Themes such as war and peace, poverty, refugee crises, humanitarian cooperation, nuclear weapons reduction, and globalisation are covered in detail.

  • Practical Information

  • Year 1

  • Year 2

  • Year 3

  • Academic Career Support

Please read below about the following topics:

  • INFORMATION SESSIONS

  • COURSE AND EXAM REGISTRATION

  • COURSE MATERIALS

  • PLAGIARISM

  • ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • BOARD OF EXAMINERS

  • INFORMATION SESSIONS

Where can I find information about my choices in my academic career, and onwards?

If you have questions related to studyplanning, in whatever phase of the programme, these are the options for you to find the answers:

  1. Brightspace Page “2223-HS Academic Career Support IRO” – all students are enrolled for this page, you can find it under “My Courses” in the section “2223 Full Academic Year”

  2. Plenary Information Sessions/Q&A’s - Throughout the academic year, you will be invited for plenary information/Academic Career Support sessions during which you can ask questions about (adjusted) study planning, study strategies or extra-curricular challenges in your programme. These sessions can be either online or on campus and dates and meeting links (if applicable) can be found on the Brightspace page under “Calendar”

  3. IRO Newsletter online (umail) An online newsletter will be sent out each block to share links, dates and important information.

Are option 1-3 not fit to answer your questions? Then you can of course book a one-on-onemeeting (either online or on campus) with your study adviser to discuss your personal situation or specific questions.

IRO STUDY PLANNING INFORMATION SESSIONS

Year 1
1 September 2022 12:00-18:00 IROrientation WH (several rooms)
13 September 2022 17:15-18:30 Academic Career Support session SCHOUW A0.06
6 October 2022 13:15-14:15 Online Q&A Year 1 Online*
10 November 2022 17:15-18:30 Academic Career Support Session WH 2.01
8 December 2022 15:15-16:15 Online Q&A Year 1 Online*

Year 2
6 September 2022 13:15-13:30 Welcome Back & strategic study planning semester 1 WH 2.01
20 September 2022 15:15 – 16:15 Online Q&A – Making choices for Year 3 Online*
11 October 2022 15:15 – 16:15 Online Q&A - Making Choices for Year 3 Online*
31 October 2022 17:15 -18:30 Making Choices for year 3 WH 2.01
15 November 2022 15:15 – 16:15 Online Q&A – Making Choices for Year 3 Online*
29 November 2022 15:15 – 16:15 Online Q&A – Making Choices for Year 3 Online*

Year 3
1 December 2022 17:15- 19:00 Future Choices – Master? WH 2.01

*Online sessions will be posted on Brightspace Academic Career Support IRO under Calendar

COURSE REGISTRATION

Both first year students and students re-sitting courses from the first year will be registered for all courses and work groups in semester 1 by the Student Services Centre (OSC – osc@leiden.edu).

There has been a change in the curriculum. The course Statistics II will be offered in block 1 of year 2 from 2023-2024 on. In 2022-2023 the course Statistics II will only be offered to students who did not pass the course in year 1. See for course information the tab year 2 (block 3).

As of semester 2 (block 3 & 4), first year students can register themselves via the student portal/ My Studymap.
Second and third year students register for classes themselves in both semesters in uSis. You can find the dates below.

In the week before your classes start, you can find your class schedule (lectures and workgroups) in uSis or in My Timetable. If you need to retake previous courses, your current schedule will be taken into account. Once registered, changing to other work groups is not possible.

Semester 1 (Block 1 and 2)
Tuesday 12 July 2022, 13.00h – until 5 days before the 1st class
Semester 2 (Block 3 and 4)
Mid December 2022, 13.00h (specific date tba) - until 5 days before the 1st class

EXAM REGISTRATION

It is mandatory for all students, including first-year bachelor students, to register for each exam and to confirm registration for each exam in My Studymap. This is possible up to and including 10 calendar days prior to the examination. You cannot take an exam without a valid pre-registration and confirmation in My Studymap. Carefully read all information about the procedures and deadlines for registering for courses and exams.

Exchange students and external guest students will be registered for all courses and exams of the Political Science programme by the Student Services Centre.

Enrollment in My Studymap is possible according to this scheme:
Block 1: Tuesday 12 July 2022, 13.00h until 5 days before the first meeting
Block 2: Tuesday 12 July 2022, 13.00h until 5 days before the first meeting
Block 3: From tba December 2022, 13.00h until 5 days before the first meeting
Block 4: From tba December 2022, 13.00h until 5 days before the first meeting

For transition regulations, please check the Course and Examination Regulations OER

COURSE MATERIALS

You can find additional course information and materials (textbooks, articles) in the Prospectus as well as in the Brightspace page of the course. Your instructor will communicate with you in Brightspace via your umail account. Make sure you have access to this account before your classes start.

PLAGIARISM

Plagiarism is a violation of academic integrity that can have serious consequences for the perpetrator. To prevent plagiarism, all your written work is checked via Turnitin. Turnitin is an external tool that has been integrated in Brightspace to assess assignments/papers/etc. and to check for plagiarism. Turnitin provides instructors with the tools to provide specific personalized feedback and check similarity to other papers, bibliographic and online sources and grade assignments.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Note that some elements in the IRO programme require completion of specific courses (Study Abroad, Bachelor Project, Bachelor Seminar in Year 3) or a minimum GPA (Study Abroad, continuation with a Master programme) You can find information about prerequisites in the Course & Examination Regulations.

BOARD OF EXAMINERS

The role of the Board of Examiners is to ensure that study programmes adhere to their Course and Examination Regulations. The Board of Examiners oversees all tests and examinations within the institute and determines whether students have acquired the knowledge and skills required for the awarding of their degree. As a Bachelor student, you will need to request approval for non-Political Science Institute elements in your programme such as your electives, Study Abroad courses, research internship and a minor at different university. If you are planning on taking electives next to your IRO courses you should always contact your Study Adviser to discuss study planning. If you want to have a short overview of for specific situations you would need to seek their
advice, please take a look at their FAQ

The Board of Examiners can be reached via: examencommpol@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

Academic Career Support:

The team of study advisers knows about all aspects of your study programme, and therefore you can go to them when you need, advise or support. If you feel your study progress is experiencing some obstacles, it is important to contact your study adviser as soon as possible. He or she can advise you on the best course of action and, if required, support you in dealing with academic delay.
However, it is also good to remember that the study advisers are not just there to help you when you are experiencing (academic, personal or medical) challenges, but also to discuss with you all the different choices you have (for example in your elective space) while you are studying. Consult the Brightspace Page “Academic Career Support IRO” for further details on your study planning during the 3 years of your programme.

Study Advisers

Ariane Berends – IRO students with surnames starting with A to F
Ian Lau – IRO students with surnames starting with G to O
Ester Blom – IRO students with surnames starting with P to Z
Studyadvisers.iro@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

Year 1

Programme components year 1 (60 EC)

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Block I

Introduction to International Organisations 5
Introduction to International Relations, and Academic Skills 8

Block II

Actors in World Politics 5
Economics for Political Scientists 5
Introduction to Political Science 7

Block III

Global History 5
Research Methods in Political Science (year 1) 5
Introduction to Comparative Politics, and Academic Skills 7

Block IV

Statistics 1 - Description and Inference 5
Politics of the European Union, and Academic Skills 8

Year 2

Programme components year 2 (60 EC)

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Block I

Research Methods in Political Science (year 2) 10
Comparative Analysis of Political Systems 5
Academic Skills: Research Design 5

Block II

Analyzing International Relations 5
International Political Economy 5

Block III

Statistics 2 - Applied Quantitative Analysis (retakers only) 5
Global Security 5
International Development 5
Contemporary Political Philosophy 5
Academic Skills: Quantitave and Qualitative Data Analysis 5

Block IV

Environmental Politics 5
International Law and Human Rights 5
Rational Choice Theory 5

Year 3

Programme components year 3 (60 EC)

1. Elective Space (30 EC)

2. Bachelor Seminar (10 EC, Block 1, 2, 3 or 4)

3. Bachelor Project (Thesis) (20 EC, semester 1 or 2)

More information about the programme can also be found on Brightspace page Academic Career Support

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Elective Space

Elective Space Year 3

Bachelor Project

Bachelor Project IRO 2022-2023 20

Elective Seminars semester 1

Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union 10
Global Governance and Multilateral Institutions 10
Utopian Political Thought and Practice 10
Political Psychology in International Relations 10
Anarchism, Anti-statism and Anti-state Rebellions 10
Challenges to European Integration and Scenarios for its Future 10
The Power of the Past: The Contemporary Relevance of Histories 10

Elective Seminars semester 2

Accountability in Global Governance 10
Crisis Management 10
Gender and Sexuality in International Politics 10
International Institutions and Security Governance 10
Media and Public Opinion in International Relations 10
Organizing, Managing, Analyzing and Interpreting Political Science Data 10
Political Myths and Realities: Lessons learned from Indigenous and Pre-historic Practice 10
Politics of Memory 10
The Psychological Origins of Mass Politics 10
Politics of Migration 10

Career Preparation

(Academic) Career Preparation in Political Science

The goal of the Political Science programme is preparing you for your next phase in life, whether this will be in academia or in an organisation. As of the start of the programme, you are encouraged and supported to develop your key “21st Century” skills, essential to prepare you for your future professional life. These skills will be addressed within as well as outside of the programme.
Support is offered from different levels within the University and has the objective to develop these skills, but also to identify your interests and strengths, to explore a diverse range of opportunities to clarity about your goals and empower you to pursue paths you find personally meaningful.

Academic Career Support

Throughout your Political Science programme, you will be offered numerous opportunities to develop your academic skills – in workgroups, (guest) lectures, small group sessions, reports, research projects. These academic skills are related to analytical and critical thinking, academic writing, research and communication skills, key skills that are required in today’s workplace.

Your Career Preparation support 24/7

You can access our Brightspace platform for Career Preparation in Political Science 24/7 and find information on careers, positions for internships, tips, links, suggestions, dates for info/Q&A sessions and ways to reach out to various additional support systems.
Have a look at the Career Roadmap provided by Career Services of Leiden University for Bachelor and Master students, to follow a step by step guidance from the start of your degree until the status of Leiden University Alumnus.

Your Career Preparation Support on campus

A direct career preparation network is offered to you on campus via the staff of Career Service of the University, study associations, study advisers, peer mentors, workgroup instructors and the internship coordinator. This network consists of experienced individuals who enjoy supporting you with your future choices. You are encouraged to participate in events organised for you on this matter.

Topics for Career Preparation support: intra- and extra-curricular

Whether you are taking advantage of our Career Preparation support online or in person, you will be stimulated to think about your choices within your study track concerning:

  • choice of internship for a company or research institute

  • choice of your research projects

  • choice of course planning and distribution (GPA strategy*)

  • choice of a minor or elective courses

  • choice to do a part of your study abroad (BSc students)

  • choice for Honours classes

  • choice for a future/sequential Master’s programme

Next to study related choices, you can expect assistance on preparing for extra-curricular activities which may support your CV. You can think about things like:

  • choice of a part-time job

  • choice to join a student board for a society/club/committee

  • choice for voluntary service work

  • choice to follow extra-curricular education/workshops/classes

GPA

For some programme elements, jobs and sectors, a high Grade Point Average forms an important part of the selection, for example for your application to exchange, Honours programmes, Master’s programmes, traineeships, consultancy or PhD-positions. When you are considering these elements or positions, it is smart to plan and define where want to invest your time, whether this is more experience or more time to study.

However, a strong GPA is not the only factor determining your success, equally relevant is that you are enjoying what you are doing and that this is reflected in your activities and experience during your studies.

You can find information on the distribution of GPAs and the ranking of your GPA versus your peers in the BSc and MSc programme or the faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences in this link: Grading Tables