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International Relations

This programme aims to provide students with a solid background for doing business internationally and/or working in international organisations.


The first block of this elective centres on the European Union: how are decisions being made and how can stakeholders -such as countries, businesses and international organisations- influence the decision making process? In small groups students will prepare themselves to represent a member state or block of member states during a mock European Summit at the end of the block. Classes in Diplomacy Skills, Professional English, Intercultural communication, European Public Affairs and European Policy Law will support this preparation.


During block 2 students will explore the relationship between geo-political shifts and power instruments in International Relations, in the political as well as in the economic domain. We will address the current situation in international diplomacy and the solutions it could or should provide in this rapidly changing environment. This block culminates in a Global Summit on a topical issue. Supporting classes that are offered include Critical Thinking, International Relations and International Business Law.


Besides scheduled meetings with the lecturers, comprising 17 hours per week on average, students work in project groups and participate in excursions.



Learning goals (Leerdoelen)


The level of the elective is advanced, which corresponds with levels 5 - 6 of the European Qualifications Framework EQF and the levels of the International Standard Classification of Education ISCED 2011 (UNESCO).



Advanced knowledge of a field of work or study, involving a critical understanding of theories and principles. (level 6)

Skills:                                                          A comprehensive range of cognitive and practical skills required to develop creative solutions to abstract problems. (level 5)

Responsibility and autonomy:         

Manage complex technical or professional activities or projects, taking responsibility for decision-making in unpredictable work or study contexts; take responsibility for managing professional development of individuals and groups. (level 6)


Knowledge and skills

The student gains knowledge in:

cultural dimensions, European law, foreign markets, international economic and political relations, international private law, state policies and tools of international trade.


The student has the opportunity to train his skills in:

debating, diplomacy, English, intercultural communication, presentation and teamwork.


Requirements (Ingangseisen)

The student has completed the propaedeutic programme and has participated in the full second-year programme of his major.





Assessment (Toetsing)


Assessments take place at the end of each block. Various forms of assessments are being used:


Project 1:                             Country analysis, Conference

Professional Development:     Portfolio

Professional English:              Essay & presentation during                                             Conference

Diplomacy Skills:                   Assignment & presentation

Intercultural Communication:  Assignment & written exam

European Public Affairs:          Paper with stakeholder                                                   analysis & scenario's

European Policy Law:              Written exam


Project 2:                              Position Paper, Conference

Professional Development:      Portfolio

Professional English:               Language Portfolio &                                                        presentation during                                                        Conference

Critical Thinking:                    Assignment

International Relations:          Presentation

Global Public Affairs:              Position Paper based on                                                   scenario planning

International Business Law:     Written exam


The planning of the written exams is as follows:

Exams block 1:                          30 March – 09 April 2020

Resits block 1 and exams

block 2:                                   08 June    – 19 June 2020

Resits block 2:                         29 June    – 03 July   2020