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, m.c.beers@uu.nl) for more information.

Preparation Master

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

Study programme

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.

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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 Payment of your tuition fees 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.