The Bachelor's in Political Science is a three-year programme of 180 ECTS credits. The programme is fully taught in English, supplemented by Dutch-language tutorial groups and elective courses for those who so wish.
Your first year is an overview of the field of politics. You encounter key concepts such as conflict, cooperation, interests and power, as well as the big questions that political scientists ask about current societal trends and the political systems which we observe worldwide. Alongside courses on public policy, political thought, international law and contemporary history, we introduce you to active research in political science. Your year-long tutorial and lab groups train you in analytical and critical thinking, as well as in writing, debating and presentation skills.
In the second year, you choose your specialisation from one of the following fields: International Relations, Public Policy and Governance, Comparative Politics or Political Theory. Courses cover the major issues in contemporary politics from social inequality and justice to political economy across both democratic and authoritarian regimes. A research project of your choice brings together the academic, methodological and practical skills of the first four semesters. Your career orientation is further expanded in the third year.
The final year provides yet more opportunity for specialisation through your choice of electives, covering practically all issues and regions in the world. You may also choose a work placement, study abroad or complete a minor, or learn an additional language. You will round off your Bachelor’s programme by researching and writing your own thesis under the supervision of experienced senior lecturers in a small, specialised group context.
You will be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Political Science. This qualifies you for Master’s or Research Master’s programmes in the social sciences and related disciplines, as well a range of professional career opportunities.
The lectures provide a general introduction to the course’s topics and literature. During the lectures, our lecturers clarify the weekly readings. The lectures are given in combination with small-scale tutorials.
In the tutorial groups, you will discuss certain aspects of the lectures and literature in smaller groups of about 20 to 25 students. This form of education encourages you to formulate your own opinion. A teacher will give you assignments to do individually or in cooperation with other students. You will learn how to prepare and conduct research, and how to interpret, report and present the results.
The projects are intensive classes scheduled for four weeks in which you will extend your knowledge on a topic of your choice, usually in full or partial cooperation with other students.
Most courses are concluded with one or more tests or some other form of assessment, such as a written exam, a presentation or a paper.
Workload: 40 hours a week.
Contact hours: Approximately 12 hours a week; project periods in your first and second year are full-time. Later on in the programme, the number of contact hours decreases.
Self-study: approximately 28 hours.