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Global Political Economy (MA)

About the programme

Global Political Economy, a specialisation of the master in International Relations, provides you with a rigorous understanding of the global political economy and the different approaches to its study.

Programme structure

All specialisations (except European Union Studies) follow the same format:

Semester 1 Semester 2
Core course for your specialisation (10 EC) Regionalism in World Politics (5 EC)
Preparatory course for your thesis (5 EC) Elective (10 EC)
Ideas in World Politics (5 EC) Thesis (15 EC)
Elective (10 EC)  

Preparatory course and MA thesis
The preparatory course introduces you to core conceptual, methodological and theoretical issues you meet when you initiate, research, and write your MA thesis. In addition, a series of seminars will enable you to discuss specific issues related to International Relations. Your thesis is supposed to be based on original research that speaks to the core themes of the MA International Relations.

Key goals of the programme are the acquisition of advanced academic skills in the interpretation of texts and the analysis of complex conceptual problems, as well as the ability to independently conduct high-quality scientific research; the development of further skills, e.g. communication, leadership, and critical analysis, relevant to a range of occupational pursuits.

Electives/internship Global Political Economy

You may choose electives (20 EC total) from a wide range of specialist courses. You will also have the possibility to exchange one elective for an internship at an organisation / institution in the field of international or foreign relations, in or outside of the Netherlands.

For examples of organisations where students from the MA International Relations programme may find an internship, please check the Career prospects page.

Please note that you will need to find your own internship, follow an internship procedure for approval, and that pursuing an internship may have consequences for the date of graduation.

Detailed programme

Course EC
Core Course Global Political Economy 10
Ideas in World Politics 5
Thesis and Methods in International Relations and Research (GPE) 5
Regionalism in World Politics 5
MA Thesis Global Political Economy 15
Core Course Global Political Economy 10
Ideas in World Politics 5
Thesis and Methods in International Relations and Research (GPE) 5
Course EC
China's International Political Economy 10
Economic Development and Social Change in Southeast Asia 10
Global Labour Studies 10
Informality, Exclusion and (Adverse) Inclusion: Foundations and Key Concepts 10
Oil, Waste and Water: Environmental Issues in the Middle East and North Africa 10
The Middle East in the International Political Economy 10
A History of the United Nations 10
Brazil in the Portuguese Speaking World: Political and Cultural Dynamics 10
Decentering International Relations: Views from the Global South 10
Histories of Southeast Asia (10 EC) 10
Human Rights and Global Governance: History, Theory, and Politics 10
International Relations in the Slavic Triangle: Russia, Ukraine and Belarus 10
International Relations of the Middle East 10
Modern United States Foreign Policy 10
Rethinking Secularism in International Relations 10
Internship MA International Relations 10
Capitalism and its Alternatives 10
China-Africa Relations in a Changing Global Order 10
Global Social Policy: The Political Economy of Social Reproduction 10
Jean Monnet Module. From Multi- to Interdisciplinarity: Europe in the World 10
Neoliberalism in Latin America: Varieties, Similarities and Alternatives 10
Political Economy of Southeast Asia (10 EC) 10
The Environment and Global Capitalism 10
China and Global Cyberspace 10
Contemporary Brazil 10
Contemporary Indian Politics 10
Creativity and Culture in Contemporary China 10
International Relations of the Middle East: Everyday Matters 10
Issues in Latin American Foreign Policies 10
Le français des affaires 10
Politics of Culture in Southeast Asia (10 EC) 10
Political History of the Middle East in the 20th Century 10

For a detailed programme, please check the Prospectus.

Please note that this guide applies to the current academic year, which means that the curriculum for next year may slightly differ.

Jonathan London

Researcher and University Lecturer

Jonathan London

"The World Economy reflects the paradoxes of our times: unprecedented wealth along with surging inequality and pervasive insecurity of employment and income; scientific breakthroughs and ecological catastrophe. The Masters of International Relations Global Political Economy specialization provides you with a cutting edge understanding of the world economy and its social and political foundations. The specialization’s departure point is the rejection of the idea that conventional economic approaches form an adequate basis for understanding the world economy. Instead we examine the world economy from different theoretical traditions as well as different geographical and social standpoints. We assert that the world economy is an historically emergent social formation that is and has always been shaped by politics and power relations. Further, we insist that that the analysis of economic growth and trade be accompanied by analysis of the world economy with respect to inequality, wellbeing, and environmental sustainability."

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