Global Order in Historical Perspective

Please note that this specialisation will start in September 2017.

In the Leiden University master’s specialisation in Global Order in Historical Perspective you focus on the processes behind the evolution of the global order. Aside from this you will gain insights in the pursuit of global justice and the variety of ethics, ideologies, institutions and norms that underpin the international political system.

Choose Global Order in Historical Perspective at Leiden University:

  • Engage with different trajectories of states, organizations and peoples, examining how they are manifested in power relations and interact at different points across time to order the world.
  • Draw on a multiplicity of perspectives and expertise across Area Studies, and examines a range of different issues, from politics and ideologies to the evolution of international law and diplomacy, the emergence of civil society and the rise on non-state actors.
  • Explores the development of institutions such as the UN and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, which structure interactions and power relations within the international system.
  • Review how power relations are structured, from the great power politics of global governance, to diplomatic culture in regional and national perspectives through regional and transnational groupings such as BRICS and the Non-Aligned Movement.

Check out the Global Order in Historical Perspective programme.

Master details

  • Dit is een afstudeerrichting van: International Relations
  • Graad Master of Arts in International Relations
  • Onderwijsvorm Full-time
  • Duur 1 year
  • Start September, February
  • Taal English
  • Vestigingsplaats Leiden
  • Croho/isatcode 60734

A word from dr. A.M. O'Malley

“History is a crucial component of international studies. Every query about the nature and form of international relations begins with a solid understanding of the historical context of the question.

I am Assistant Professor of International Studies, teaching a range of courses on the history of international relations as part of the MA International Relations: International Studies programme. History is a crucial component of international studies. Every query about the nature and form of international relations begins with a solid understanding of the historical context of the question. It is particularly important for the International Studies programme given our innovative approach to international relations and the critical focus on non-Western approaches to international issues.

I teach specific electives on the History of the United Nations and 20th Century International Relations. Both of these classes encourage students to question interpretations of the past that have been inscribed into ideas and practices of international relations today. This process of challenging how we think about past events opens up questions about how international norms have been created and whether or not they are universally applicable within international society.

The primacy on the role of history also points to the interdisciplinary nature of International Studies. This a second core component of the programme. It is designed not just to teach students about international relations but highlights how history and political science can be combined to shed light on how the international order is structured and the means by which it can be changed. Working for such a forward thinking programme is a daily challenge in thinking about how international relations work and how to revise my own interpretations of historical events; an exciting and rewarding endeavour.”

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