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Culture and Politics (MA)

The specialisation Culture and Politics of the Master’s in International Relations at Leiden University encourages critical perspectives on complexities of culture as an inextricable part of global politics.

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Why study Culture and Politics at Leiden University?

The Culture and Politics specialisation considers the cultural dynamics of power, dominance, and resistance. As part of the specialisation you will study the relationship between political concepts and a large variety of cultural forms. The specialisation also examines the transnational production, distribution, and consumption of culture, problematising “national” cultural and “soft power” policies. You will learn methods drawn from fields like linguistics, media and cultural studies which will be useful for analysing the political significance of material and phenomena both conventional and unconventional to the study of international relations.

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Benefit from unique expertise

You will benefit from the wealth of opportunities and expertise offered by the various Institutes and Centres that comprise the Humanities Faculty at Leiden University, uniquely and solidly situating your study of the cultural dynamics of global politics in a humanities-based perspective. You will also benefit from close contacts between the University and national and international government institutions in The Hague.

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Additional MA in International Affairs

With an MA in International Relations from Leiden University you are eligible to apply to the second year of the prestigious MA in International Affairs at the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University, Bologna, Italy. Admitted candidates receive a full year’s credit towards this two-year MA. The MA in International Affairs is a research-focused programme where students have the flexibility to personalise their curriculum and focus on those contemporary issues in international affairs that are of the greatest importance and aligned with their career interests. Courses at SAIS Europe emphasise economics, political science, history and foreign language proficiency, providing a cross-disciplinary approach.

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Dr. Karen Smith on studying the MA International Relations at Leiden University

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International Relations Degree

Culture and Politics at Leiden University is an accredited degree programme of International Relations. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in International Relations and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Join the Student for a Day on 24 September

Are you thinking about starting the MA International Relations in February 2022? Then you can join the Student for a Day event on Friday 24 September in Leiden. During this event you will be able to join a seminar led by Dr. Lindsay Black, participate in a Q&A with the Coordinator of Studies, talk to current students and join a Campus tour. Interested? Find out more or register for this event.

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