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Minor

International Relations (Internationale betrekkingen)

The Political Science department offers the minor International Relations to students who want to develop their knowledge of international relations. The minor is particularly appropriate for students interested in an international career and for students who opt for a Master's in international relations.

International Relations studies the relations between, beyond and across states. As such it is engaged with world affairs and tries to theorise the complex phenomenon of global politics. Moreover the study of global politics goes beyond the exclusive domain of nation states and includes non-state actors such as (social) movements, corporations, and advocacy groups. The study of International Relations increasingly tries to include the challenges of today’s world such as human development, terrorism, (gender) inequality, and climate change.

For whom?

Students who are interested in:

  • world affairs
  • Political, economic and social conflicts
  • An international career

This minor is set up as a dual-language programme, which means that Dutch language students can decide to take some of the tutorials in Dutch and are allowed to write in Dutch. However, it is possible that if too few Dutch language students register for courses the Dutch language tutorials are canceled and all teaching is in English.

COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Introduction to international relations
    2—3
    12
  • Core module - International relations
    4—5
    12
  • Restricted-choice electives: Electives:
    1—6
    6
  • Introduction to political economy
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    6
  • Democracies, autocracies and transitions
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    6
  • International Relations of the Middle East
    2—3
    12
  • International political economy
    4—5
    12
  • Violence & security. Paradigms and debates
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    6
  • UNISCA
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    6
Read more in the Course Catalogue

Related Master's programme

This minor may serve as a good preparation for academic Bachelor’s students who want to apply for admission to the Master's programme in International Relations (Political Science). Always check the entry requirements of the Master’s programme you are interested in.

Entry requirements

Completed 60 ECTS from a bachelor’s programme. A completed first year of applied sciences (HBO) does not grant access to the minor.

Application

International exchange students are contacted by their programme coordinator regarding enrolment. Students from Dutch universities can enrol the following way:

  • Students from other universities may enrol as a guest student in this minor programme at the UvA.
  • Fill in the application form on the minor page of the digital Course Catalogue
  • Use your student ID number to register for the course in SIS
Facts & Figures
Credits 30 ECTS,
Language of instruction English
Starts in September