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Governance and Global Affairs


The minors offered by the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs in The Hague are closely linked to the defining image of The Hague as a city of international justice, peace and security as well as the centre of Dutch public administration and international governance.

This minor is taught in Dutch. In this minor you will get knowledge and insight in the Dutch public administration. You will receive essential tools to find answers to important social issues in order to contribute to the improvement of public services. For more information go to the e-Prospectus.

Cybercrime and cyberterrorism are serious challenges. The threat posed by state actors who misuse cyberspace for espionage and disruption activities is also real and increasing every year. This minor gives you the skills and knowledge to identify, analyse and address these challenges from a variety of perspectives. Read more

Cyberspace has become one of the backbones of our global economy and of modern-day societies. Almost everything we do in our everyday lives, ranging from communication and media consumption to travel and leisure and from work to school is facilitated by, or even relies on digital, networked technologies. Because of our dependence on cyberspace, it is vital that data, information, and networks are secure. Information and communications must be properly protected, networks must be stable, and data and information must be always available. For more information go to the e-Prospectus.

The minor Global Affairs is built on two pillars of International Relations: International Security and International Political Economy. This minor aims to provides you with the tools and knowledge to understand the most important global trends and challenges. In the minor you will explore the relationship between geo-political shifts and power instruments in International Relations: in the political/ military as well as in the financial/economic domain. For more information go to the  e-Prospectus.

Since WWII and the Cold War, intelligence agencies play an important role in policymaking and policy decisions, particularly with regards to a state’s internal security. In this minor programme, attention is being paid to the structure, working methods and the qualitative and quantitative analysis techniques used by intelligence and security agencies that operated particularly during the last half of the 20th century and the present day. For more information go to the e-Prospectus.

This minor consists of courses which enables you to analyse complex governance problems in a national and international context. The public sector is increasingly a multi-level system, with interactions between public and private actors on the national, sub-national (provinces, regions) and international (e.g. EU, OECD, UN, WTO) level and various public, semi-public and private organizations that perform public tasks. In this minor you pay attention to decision-making processes in and interactions between and within those levels and organizations. For more information go to the e-Prospectus.

Risk and disaster studies cover a broad range of research topics, including technology assessment, ethical analyses, system analyses, multi-actor analyses, risk analyses, vulnerability analyses, and political analyses. In this minor, you will gain knowledge of essential concepts from all of these fields to understand and analyze today’s risks. Unique to this minor is its multidisciplinary approach, where you learn to combine a unique blend of social sciences and engineering concepts to analyze and evaluate current-day risk and disaster-related issues. You will follow courses on disaster studies and technological risks in which you explore academic and theoretical arguments, and apply them to relevant case studies. Read more

This minor critically examines the complexities of food sustainability through ecological, socio-economic, political, and cultural systems.

Analysing those complexities requires the involvement of the natural and applied sciences (biology, ecology, earth sciences), the social sciences (anthropology, sociology, international relations, economics), and the humanities (history, philosophy, cultural studies).
The study of food production, distribution and consumption opens up crucial questions related to a changing climate, water and soil quality, and disease, as well as the issues of social injustice, violence and war, historical legacies, and cultural traditions and norms. These challenges are shared at the global level, but create diverse realities at the local level depending on specific circumstances. Read more

In this English taught minor programme, students will become familiar with the nature and scope of violence; the ways in which it impacts public order, and the ways in which society can respond to and, ultimately, prevent violence. Furthermore, the programme contains courses that address specific forms of violence, ranging from domestic violence (child abuse and neglect, intimate partner violence), lethal violence (drug-related homicide and firearm-related homicide), and the impact of violence on individuals, communities, and society at large. Using criminological, sociological, historical, public health, neurobiological and psychological perspectives, this minor programme provides students with an in-depth understanding on this multifaceted phenomenon. Read more

The Dutch-taught interdisciplinary minor The (un)just society provides an in-depth and applied view of social justice in the Netherlands. We do this by highlighting the theme from different angles and by actively working with you as a student on concrete social issues, such as poverty and racism. Reflection on your own position in society plays a central role. Read more

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