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 2020-2021 (block 3). 
If you started the minor Internationale Betrekkingen (in Dutch) in or before 2019-2020, you can find information about the minor programme here

Preparation Master

This minor is a good preparation for these (and other comparable) Masters:

Study programme

The Minor Internationial 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. The second course deals with the development, composition, powers and functioning of international and especially European institutions. 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.

Below is an overview of the courses you can take for this minor in academic year 2020-21. The other two courses that form part of this minor and which will be taught in the first semester of 2021-2022, are:

  • The international margins for manoeuvre of smaller European powers (Block 1 2021-2022) 
    This course provides insights into different aspects of the international relations of smaller states by focusing on the key question: what are the margins for manoeuvre of smaller powers? This question will be approached by both a theoretical study of small states in international politics and several in-depth case studies of specific policy domains (energy, defense, multilateralism), especially during the Cold-War.
  • International History and the Environment (Block 2 2021-2022)
    Climate change, natural resource depletion and biodiversity loss are key challenges of the present age. The inevitably transnational - even global - nature of environmental problems has given rise to forms of governance beyond the nation-state in the twentieth century. Through the lens of the environment, this course will explore the changing relationship between international organisations, state governments and non-state actors, such as NGOs, multinationals and experts, in the twentieth century.’

Courses 2020-2021

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Entry requirements

Some of the courses in this minor may have specific entry requirements. Please refer to the the section Entry requirements and preknowledge in the course description in the Course Planner.

Application and registration

How to register for this minor and its course modules, depends on whether you are a student of Utrecht University or not.

Utrecht University students can register for a minor and the individual modules online via OSIRIS during the Faculty of Humanities course registration period. You must register for both the minor itself and each course module individually.

Courses with priority rules

If you wish to register for a course to which priority rules apply, make sure to register for both the course and the minor during the first two weeks of the course registration period. We will publish a list of courses with priority rules two weeks prior to the course registration period.

REGISTRATION STUDY RESULTS

Once you have completed the course modules, provided that you were enrolled for both the minor itself and each course module individually in OSIRIS, the minor and study results will be listed on your Study Progress Review.

Deviation standard programme

If you wish to deviate from the standard minor programme, you must request approval from the Board of Examiners of the Bachelor's programme that offers the minor.

Students from other Universities can register for the minor and each course module using the digital registration form during the Faculty of Humanities course registration period. Besides that we also need a Proof of Registration from your own educational instituion. Please send the form and the Proof of Registration -preferably via email- to the Student Desk Humanities.

Courses with priority rules

If you wish to register for a course to which priority rules apply, make sure to register for both the course and the minor during the first two weeks of the course registration period. We will publish a list of courses with priority rules two weeks prior to the course registration period.

Study results

Once you have completed the course modules with as passing result, you can apply for a list of grades (transcript) of the minor programme at the Student Desk Humanities.

More information

If you wish to know more, or have questions about this minor, please contact the Student Desk Humanities.