Goal of the minor
The International Relations minor offers students a comprehensive and in-depth introduction to International Relations and International History. This is done from both a historical and social science perspective. All four courses deal with historical backgrounds and contemporary political issues.
Please note: the information on this page is for students who start the International Relations minor in 2021-2022 (study period 3). If you enrolled in the minor Internationale Betrekkingen (in Dutch) in or before 2019-2020 and you still have to finish one or several of the courses, you will have the possibility to follow alternative courses instead. You might, for instance, replace these former Dutch courses with courses from the new minor International Relations. Please contact the minor coordinator (Marloes Beers, email@example.com) for more information.
This minor is a good preparation for these (and other comparable) Masters:
- Conflict Studies and Human Rights
- International Relations in historical perspective
- Intercultural Communication
The Minor International Relations starts in block 3. The first course introduces you to the main theories of International Relations. You will delve into the history of the modern international state system, focusing on important themes: diplomatic relations, war, conflict management and international cooperation / integration. During the second course we will discuss the functioning of international organizations such as the EU, the UN and the 1998 established International Criminal Court (ICC) as normative power organizations. To what extent have they been successful as keepers of international peace and international norms like human rights?
The third course focuses on the position of small states in the world, especially in Europe. You dive into archive material or sources on the internet and you investigate the leeway of smaller, European states in international politics during the Cold War. In the fourth course you will discuss important developments in transnational politics through the lens of environmental issues. Major current issues of climate change, depletion of natural resources and biodiversity are challenges at transnational level, with non-state actors also playing an increasingly important role.