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Political Science: International Organisation (The Hague)

This specialisation focuses on the interplay of international rules and institutions, non-governmental organisations, and national governments in light of today's security issues.

Do you want to deepen your knowledge of international relations and global governance? Are you interested in the dynamics of inter-governmental cooperation and institution building? Do contemporary security issues such as the spread of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, and the emergence of new great powers have your attention? This programme is designed for you: it combines substantive courses in political science and international politics with skills-oriented courses on policy analysis, monitoring and evaluation. You study in one of the most highly ranked departments of political science in Europe. Your lecturers are scholars from many different countries with expertise in all important areas of international politics. Several staff members have practical experience in foreign policy formation, diplomacy, and international organisations. You will be based in The Hague, the political capital of The Netherlands and seat of many important international organisations, including European Union and United Nations agencies, treaty organisations and prominent non-governmental organisations.

Practical Information

For every starting group we will plan information sessions throughout the academic year. You will be informed about these via different channels like the announcements by the study advisers on Brightspace and the Student Services Centre (SSC) and also the Newsletters which are published at the start of every block. Make sure to inform yourself via these channels.

ONLINE CONVERSION COURSE

The Master Political Science Admissions Committee may have requested that you take the online conversion course Introduction to Research Design in Political Science (SPOC)
offered to you before the start of the programme. Whether this applies to you, can be found in your Decision (Admission) letter. If you are not required to take this course, but you would like to refresh your knowledge by reviewing this course, please enrol yourself by using the designated uSis code in the Prospectus.

INFORMATION SESSIONS

General Information session: Institute and programme information.
Only for the respective starting group students.

  • For the September 2021 starters, we will send out an email in the last week of August 2021 to invite you for our online Welcome and Information meeting.

  • For the February 2022 starters, we will inform you via our Newsletter in January 2022 about how and when the Welcome and Information meeting for February 2022 will take place.

Meet and Greet: Meet our staff, fellow students and study association SPIL

  • September starters: TBA if and when this can take place on campus due to safety restrictions. Please keep an eye on our Brightspace Channel Study Advice Master Political Science Leiden.

  • February starters: TBA if and when this can take place on campus due to safety restrictions. Please keep an eye on our Brightspace Channel Study Advice Master Political Science Leiden

Internship Information Session

  • September starters: TBA; for more information see Internship Project Seminar under tab Start September 2021

  • February starters: TBA; for more information see Internship Project Seminar under tab Start February 2022

Methods in Political Science Information Session

Presentation of Quantitative and Qualitative Approach for Methods in Political Science course

  • September starters: October 2021; TBA

  • February starters: March 2022; TBA

Master Thesis Seminar Information Session

Presentation of all Thesis Seminars by the respective supervisors

  • September starters: November 2021; TBA

  • February starters: May 2022; TBA

COURSE REGISTRATION

September starters
You are expected to enrol for all courses within the registration period mentioned below. Check the overall overview of your programme in the respective starting group in this Prospectus. Please note: In block 2 you will follow the mandatory course Methods in Political Science, we would like to inform you that you can register for the lectures of this course, but registration for one of the workgroups is only possible after the Information session in October. Please see the Prospectus for more information.

February starters
You are expected to enrol for all courses within the registration period mentioned below. Check the overall overview of your programme in the respective starting group in this Prospectus. Please note: In block 4 you will follow the mandatory course Methods in Political Science, we would like to inform you that you can register for the lectures of this course, but registration for one of the workgroups is only possible after the Information session in March. Please see the Prospectus for more information.

Registration dates Courses

Block 1: Friday 16 July 2021, 13.00h – till 5 days before the 1st meeting of each course
Block 2: Friday 16 July 2021, 13.00h - till 5 days before the 1st meeting of each course
Block 3: Thursday 16 December 2021, 13.00h - till 5 days before the 1st meeting of each course
Block 4: Thursday 16 December 2021, 13.00h- till 5 days before the 1st meeting of each course

Please note: Elective seminars have a maximum number of participants. Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and you can only register for 1 elective per block (If fewer than 8 students register for a seminar, we cannot guarantee that it will take place).

Registration for the Master Thesis Seminar or the Internship Project Seminar

See your respective starting group in this Prospectus. For the respective information sessions, see the information sessions overview.

COURSE MATERIALS

You can find additional course information in the Prospectus as well as on the Brightspace page (You have direct access to your courses in Brightspace upon registration). Your instructor will communicate with you via Brightspace and via your uMail account. Make sure you have access to this account before your classes start to ensure that you are well-informed about possible preparations and instructions.

Thesis Lab (scriptieatelier)

For those who are working on their master thesis, there is the Thesis Lab in room 6C02 of the Social Sciences Faculty. In the Thesis Lab you will find quiet work spaces with computers, and books on methodology and ‘how to write a thesis’. There are Thesis Lab employees who can give you statistical advice but also advice on how to find specific literature, etc.,.

Library

Leiden University students and staff can access the libraries' e-journals, databases and e-books from anywhere in the world. Leiden University alumni have remote access to several of these resources. Read more

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 personalised feedback and check similarity to other papers, bibliographic and online sources and grade assignments.

TRANSITION RULES

As of September 2017 the master specialisations in Political Science and International Organisation (Leiden) are no longer offered. For students of these specialisations who have not passed all of their courses successfully in earlier academic years, the following transitional rules apply.

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. If you want to have a short overview of their services please take a look at their FAQ

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

Start February 2021

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Block I

Dynamics of International Organisation 10

Block I & II

Thesis Seminar International Organisation - Fall 2021 20
Thesis Seminar Political Science - Fall 2021 Information and Deadlines

Block I & II optional

Internship Project Seminar and Thesis - Fall 2021 (February 2021 intake) 30

Start September 2021

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Block I - Mandatory Courses

Dynamics of International Organisation 10
Great Debates in Political Science (The Hague, Fall) 5

Block II - Mandatory Courses

Methods in Political Science (The Hague, Fall) 5
The Politics of Policy-Making: National and International Challenges 10

Block III - Mandatory Course

Policy Evaluation in National and International Contexts - (September starters, group #01) 10

Block III & IV

Thesis Seminar International Organisation - Spring 2022 20
Thesis Seminars Political Science - Information and Deadlines Spring 2022
Internship Project Seminar and Thesis - Spring 2022 (September 2021 intake) 30

Start February 2022

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Block III

Great Debates in Political Science (The Hague, Spring) 5
The Politics of Policy-Making: National and International Challenges 10

Block IV

Methods in Political Science (The Hague, Spring) 5
Policy Evaluation in National and International Contexts - (February starters, group #02) 10

Block I & II - students follow the core course of their specialisation as well as the Thesis Seminar or Internship

Study and Career Support

STUDY SUPPORT
CAREER
USEFUL LINKS

STUDY SUPPORT

Our student adviser team provides a designated point of contact, where you can access friendly and professional help, advice and guidance during your studies. We are familiar with all aspects of the course programme and specialisations. We understand that it is not always easy to come and see your study adviser. It is therefore good to realise that you are not only welcome to contact us when there is a problem regarding your studies, but also for help with a realistic study plan, choice between an exchange / internship or advice on the next steps after your studies.

For more information about your programme, please visit our Brightspace Page Study Advice MSc Political Science. We will send announcements via this page on a regular basis.

Personal circumstances
Unfortunately, personal circumstances can sometimes affect you during your studies and in this way, also impact your study progress. If personal circumstances happen to you, do not postpone coming to see us, experience has shown that answers and solutions are often closer at hand than you might expect. And in case we cannot help you ourselves, we can get you into contact with someone who can. All conversations between student and student adviser are strictly confidential and information provided by a student is confidential and will not be divulged to any third party without the student’s permission.

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

CAREER

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 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, public policy, in large international corporations, in international organisations, at embassies, in academia or they start their own business in consultancy.

Preparation starts now
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. You can visit the Bright Space Page Career Preparation Political Science for further support.
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.
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 your orientation on the job market and preparation for your further career.The MSc in Political Science offers curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular elements to support you to prepare for your next steps.

Curricular
There is 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.

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
If you are a Dutch student and you would like to improve your leadership qualities, you can sign up for the (Dutch) Leiden Leadership programme.
Furthermore, the Leiden University Honours Academy offers individual honours courses to Master students.

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 Zone Personality Tests – Get to know yourself Career Services Events Work & Life Skills Job Application Skills