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Political Science: Political Legitimacy and Justice (Leiden)

This specialisation focuses on legitimacy and justice, political philosophy's core themes. Immersing yourself in theories, methods, and complex cases, you will make the leap from opinion to analysis.

Some think that political legitimacy and justice are synonyms; others argue that they are not necessarily the same and can even contradict one another. You will investigate these concepts and their implications—systematically and logically. You will be confronted with challenging cases and learn to tackle these analytically and thoroughly. As you will discover, asking the right questions and employing proper argumentation are just as important as your conclusions. The programme addresses questions that are fundamental to every society. How do we arrive at ethics and morals of what is 'good' and what is 'right'? How do communities balance protection of the public and the private spheres, both on a domestic and on a global level? What to do when individual rights seem to run counter to collective interests? How does a political philosopher conceptualise freedom and equality? Our Master specialisation Political Legitimacy and Justice does not offer all the answers, but it surely will help you developing and sharpening your own perspective.

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)

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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

Legitimacy and Political Obligation 10
Thesis Seminar Political Legitimacy and Justice - Fall 2019 20
Thesis Seminar Fall - 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 Courses

Great Debates in Political Science - Fall 5
Legitimacy and Political Obligation 10

Block II - Mandatory Course

Methods in Political Science - Fall 5

Block II (students choose 1 seminar of 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 of 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 Political Legitimacy and Justice - Spring 2020 20

Block III & IV: Optional

Internship Project Seminar and Thesis 30

Start February 2020

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

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Registration for courses:

See Preliminary Info

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Block III: Mandatory course

Block III: Electives

Contemporary Debates on Justice 10
Crisis Management 10
Contestation of International Authority 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

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