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Political Science: Nationalism, Ethnic Conflict and Development (Leiden)

In this specialisation you investigate why and how people mobilise around group identities, as well as the institutional arrangements for resolving or reducing ethnic conflict.

Organising diversity is one of today's main challenges. Ethnic, racial, religious, or cultural differences are on the agenda worldwide, often because of the violent conflicts that ensue. Why and how do these conflicts arise, where do these turn into bloodshed? What are the mechanisms for fostering stability and peace, both within and between states? How should we understand phenomena such as nationalism, federalism, multiculturalism and separatism? A multidisciplinary and international team of social scientists will work with you in order to clarify and explain these issues, each from his/her own expertise.

Preliminary Info

We advise you to try to complete your Studielink registration as soon as possible in order to be able to use all university facilities and to complete your course registration in uSis. Your acceptance to the university should be “unconditional” before your classes start.

Registration for courses (September 2019 start)

Semester I:
Registration for Common Courses and Core Course will be handled by the SSC.
Students register themselves via uSis for the Elective seminar in block II. Registration is possible from Monday 14 October 2019, 10:00 - Sunday 20 October 2019, 23.59. First come, first serve.

Semester II:
Registration via uSis for the Elective Seminar in block III is possible from Monday 20 January 2020, 10:00 - Sunday 26 January 2020, 23:59. First come, first serve.
Registration for the Thesis Seminar is possible after the information meeting on 4 December 2019; see course information for details.
Registration for an Internship: see course information.

Please note that official course registration in uSis does not lead to automatic Blackboard enrollment. You must enroll yourself on Blackboard for your courses. Click this link for instructions.

Registration for courses (February 2020 start)

In their first semester students follow two compulsory courses ('Great Debates in Political Science' and ‘Methods in Political Science). Registration for these courses will be taken care of by the Student Service Centre (OSC) in January 2020.
In addition to the compulsory courses, students choose one elective seminar in block III (February-March) and one elective seminar in block IV (April-May). Registration in uSis is possible from 20 January 10:00h - 26 January 2020 23:59h for block III and 16 March 10.00h - 22 March 2020 23:59h for block IV.
Elective seminars have a maximum number of participants. Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis. (If fewer than 8 students register for a seminar, we cannot guarantee that it will take place.)
In the second semester (September 2020-January 2021) students follow a master thesis seminar (20 EC) plus a core course (10 EC). Students will be registered for both of these components by the OSC in August.

Please note that official course registration in uSis does not lead to automatic Blackboard enrollment. You must enroll yourself on Blackboard for your courses. Click this link for instructions.

Course and Examination Regulations

OER

Start February 2019

Welcome back

All February 2019 intake students follow a master thesis seminar (20 EC) plus their specific core course (10 EC) in the first semester of the academic year 19-20. Students will be registered for both of these components by the OSC in August.
Please check in your UsiS overview whether you are registered correctly in time before the start of the academic year!
We advise you to try to complete your Studielink re-enrollment as soon as possible in order to be able to use all university facilities.
We would like to invite all our MSc students of all Leiden specialisations to an informal welcome (back!) meeting on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. The meeting will take place from 15:00-16:30h in the common room on the 5th floor in the Pieter de la Court building, Faculty of Social Sciences. During this meeting you will meet the September students and some of the (new) staff members, the OLC, study organisation De Spil and there will be a festive treat for all!

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Block I & II: students follow the core course of their specialisation in block I, as well as the thesis seminar

Governance and Diversity in Developing Countries 10
Thesis Seminar Nationalism, Ethnic Conflict and Development - Fall 2019 20
Thesis Seminar Political Science - Fall 2019 Information and Deadlines

Start September 2019

Welcome meeting master students September 2019 start, all Political Science Specialisations

We would like to invite our new MSc students to a welcome meeting on Monday, September 2, 2019. The meeting will take place from 09:45 - 10:15h in room SB45 in the Pieter de la Court building, Faculty of Social Sciences. During this meeting you will be informed about the Institute and the programme.

For information about registration please consult the Preliminary Info

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Block I (Mandatory: 1 Common and 1 Core Course)

Great Debates in Political Science - Fall 5
Governance and Diversity in Developing Countries 10

Block II (Mandatory)

Methods in Political Science - Fall 5

Block II (students choose 1 seminar from the Electives below)

Elections in Emerging Democracies 10
Contestation of International Authority 10
Visual World Politics 10
States, Citizens and Migrants 10

Block III (students choose 1 seminar from the Electives below)

Contemporary Debates on Justice 10
Crisis Management 10
Political Representation and Parliamentary Politics 10
The Political Economy of Natural Resource-led Development 10
European Union: Integration and Disintegration 10

Block III & IV

Thesis Seminar Nationalism, Ethnic conflict and Development - Spring 2020 20
Thesis Seminar Political Science - Spring 2020 Information and Deadlines

Block III & IV: optional

Internship Project Seminar and Thesis - Spring 2020 (September intake) 30

Start February 2020

Welcome meeting master students February 2020 start, all Political Science Specialisations

We would like to invite our new MSc students to a ‘coffee (tea) and cake’ welcome meeting on Monday, February 3, 2020.

The meeting will take place from 13:15-15:00 p.m. in the common room on the 5th floor of the Pieter de la Court building, Faculty of Social Sciences.
During this meeting you will be welcomed by the Institute and you will receive practical information regarding the programme and the support services.

Course registration

See Preliminary Information

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Block III: Mandatory Course

Great Debates in Political Science - Spring 5

Block III: Electives

Contemporary Debates on Justice 10
Crisis Management 10
Political Representation and Parliamentary Politics 10
The Political Economy of Natural Resource-led Development 10
European Union: Integration and Disintegration 10

Block IV: Mandatory Course

Methods in Political Science - Spring 5

Block IV: Electives

Advanced Cases in Democratic Consolidation and Erosion 10
Global Thinkers 10

Block I & II - students follow the core course of their specialisation (tba) in block I, as well as the thesis seminar

Internship Project Seminar and Thesis - Fall 2020 (February intake) 30

Career Preperation Module

Career Preparation Module

You have chosen to pursue the MSc in Political Science. But what’s next, once you are a freshly graduated political scientist? Where do we find political scientists on the job market?
Political Science does not prepare you to to one specific career. You find political scientists in many different fields on the job market. Political Science alumni work for the Dutch government, for the media, in large international corporations, in international organisations, at embassies, in academia or they start their own business in consultancy.
Preparing for the job market starts already during your studies by reflecting on your own interests, your possibilities, and of course your capacities. There are many choices to make on the basis of that. The choices you make, during your studies – the courses you take, the (research) assignments you conduct, the (extra) activities you do, the questions you ask yourself – all give direction to your future career. This module on Career Preparation pays attention to important components of a student’s career orientation and preparation for the job market.

You can read more on BlackBoard page Career Preparation Political Science (CPPS-POL-0000FSW) make sure you signed up for this helpful tool.
Your MSc in Political Science is designed as a one year programme. To ensure you will be fully prepared for your future professional career, we strongly advise you to seize all opportunities offered within and outside of your programme to fine tune your career preparation.

The module on Career Preparation consists of several components offered throughout the coming year of your master studies: an Introductory/Welcome session, various workshops and events, a Skills course, an optional Internship Track, assignments and activities within regular master courses, and elective modules and workshops that students may take in the extra-curricular space.

Within each component the focus lies on different questions and topics. We expect a pro-active participation in the elements.

Curricular:

Several courses from the Master Political Science contain components (i.e. lectures about the working field by political science alumni) and/or assignments (i.e. writing of policy memos, case studies, advisory reports) that are relevant to the students’ orientation on the job market and preparation for their further career.
There is also the possibility of doing an Internship Track (30 EC) during which students pursue a research internship for three months. This offers students the opportunity to gain practical experience in an (international) organisation, is a component of the master programme that fits into the module on Career Preparation. For more information see the Prospectus.

Co-Curricular:

If you would like to combine your MSc in Political Science with a professional programme focused on Leadership, take a look at the International Leiden Leadership Programme read more
If you are a Dutch student and you would like to improve your leadership qualities, you can sign up for the Dutch language leadership programme. read more
An extra course offered to the Faculty of Social Sciences students to support their professional skills is Professional and Personal Impact

Extra-Curricular:

Keep track of activities offered by SPIL, the study association for Political Scientists, as well as FSW’s Career Services. You can find event data on their websites.

Useful links:

Career Service Leiden University Leiden University Career ZoneCareer Services EventsWork & Life SkillsJob Application Skills

Your contacts – Study Advisers:

Master Specialisations Leiden:
Students A to K: Daniëlle Lovink - d.j.m.lovink@fsw.leidenuniv.nl
Students L to Z: Rally Schwachofer - r.j.t.m.s.schwachofer@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

Master Specialisation The Hague (International Organisation):
Ester J.M. Blom e.j.m.blom@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

Competency Requirements

The Master Political Science Admissions Committee may have requested that the applicant demonstrates competency in Research Design in Political Science. You can find this on your Statement of Admission.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Introduction to Research Design in Political Science (SPOC) 3