International Organisation (MSc)
In this programme, you will follow a core course and thesis seminar on international organisation, as well as seminars related to policy-making and evaluation. Furthermore, you will work on your academic and professional skills, as well as acquaint yourself with the state-of-the-art in Political Science.
- Dynamics of International Organisation (10 EC). Examine how norms, rules and international organisations at the regional and supranational level affect relations between states, contacts across state borders, and global governance, and vice-versa. Why and how states and other transnational actors seek to organise world politics, under what conditions particular forms of international organisation (formal and informal) are most likely to emerge, and how international organization affects the preferences and behavior of states and the management of economic, security, humanitarian and environmental challenges.
- The Politics of Policy-Making: National and International Challenges (10 EC). How is public policy made? What political and instutional forces shape the policy process? What is the role of state actors, as well as interest groups, advocacy campaigns, public opinion, and experts in issue-framing, bargaining, and governance?
- Policy Evaluation in National and International Contexts (10 EC). How to interpret and measure the effect of policies? What are the interests and pressures involved? How to assess policy needs, assumptions, constraints, implementation, impact, and efficiency? Distinct assignments and workgroups for students in the specialisation International Organisation.
- Great debates in Political Science (5 EC). Read seminal Political Science texts and familiarise yourself with the—often opposing—views of leading scholars. Discover how their ideas and approaches have inspired other researchers and discuss these with your fellow students and lecturer.
- Methods in Political Science (5 EC). Develop compelling research questions, devise sound schemes for conducting the research necessary to answer those questions, and, ultimately, follow through with the research itself.
- Thesis Seminar (20 EC): Deepen your understanding of theories and methods related to research on a specific subfield of Political Science. Apply them to a specific topic related to international organisation as part of your master thesis.
Sarah Huddleston: Studying international institutions
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The structure of the programme allows for an internship in the period early January to the end of March, followed up by taking part in the Internship Research Project Seminar. In this seminar, you will complete your thesis based on the research you conducted during your internship. The institute’s internship coordinator will facilitate placement, but the responsibility to find an organisation lies with the individual student. The organisation must allow and facilitate the student to implement a research project relevant to the organisation or its activities.
Please note that a fixed number of students will be allowed to conduct research on the basis of an internship. This is because the Institute of Political Science wants to offer students full support and guidance during and after the internship. The internship is subject to approval by the Institute. Among several other criteria, the academic level of the internship will play a key role in the decision process.