The minor Global Affairs is built on two pillars of International Relations: International Security and International Political Economy. This minor aims to provide students with the tools and knowledge to understand the most important global trends and challenges. In the minor students will explore the relationship between geo-political shifts and power instruments in International Relations: in the political/ military as well as in the financial/economic domain. We will address the current situation in international diplomacy and the solutions it could or should provide in this radically changed environment which continues to change rapidly.
Geo-political shifts have great consequences in a variety of ways: the balance between regions, the roles of institutions, the use and development of international law or the use of power instruments. The minor aims to offer students a balanced package of courses in which theory and practice in this extended field of international relations are combined. The lecturers will confront students with their academic knowledge and their practical experiences. We will pay attention to global trends and challenges such as: the shift of political, financial and economic power to the East and its consequences for existing international institutions; climate change; the new role of media in global events; scarcity of energy resources and the commodity markets. It will address both inter-state and intra-state conflict, as well as post-conflict nation building.
The minor consists of 6 courses of 5 ECTS each and takes place during the first semester. The semester is divided into two blocks of eight weeks each. In every block, three courses are taught.
It is not possible to follow single courses, as the minor is a consistent package of courses designed to help you build your knowledge in a logical and connected way. However, it is possible for students to register for a 15 EC (semi-minor) courses consisting of two compulsory courses, Gateway to Global Affairs and Power Instruments, and one elective to be chosen from the other four Global Affairs courses.
Goals and target audience
This English minor program aims at students who have a keen interest in, and are enthusiastic about global affairs, international relations, international political economy, international security and diplomacy. This minor is especially interesting for students from Public Administration, Political Science, Law and International Studies, but all students are welcome.
The minor is accessible only for bachelor students who have obtained their ‘propedeuse’.
If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The minor courses will take place in the Hague. The schedule provides additional information.
Schedule Minor Global Affairs 2018
All schedules are subject to change.
All GA courses are taught in English. Please check the individual course descriptions for more information.