MA in International Relations: Global Governance

University of Groningen

Program Description

MA in International Relations: Global Governance

University of Groningen

University of Groningen

Global governance relates to the ways in which order is established, maintained and transformed in the global sphere. The study of global governance addresses the problem of how 'orders of governance' are constituted and operated in contemporary and historical settings.

In this track, order is understood as the outcome of particular ways of managing, organizing and governing global political spaces which can no longer be understood in terms of the absence of an overarching authority. It involves the interaction between interests expressed by governments and international institutions, as well as the role of non-state actors. Historical, constructivist, and post-structuralist methodologies are applied to interpret the interplay between a broad array of dynamic public, private and transnational interests in creating order in the world.

Programme

1 year

This track within the Master's degree programme International Relations is 60 ECTS. The basic element is the module Advanced Theory of International Relations. This module must be followed by all students. You choose two research seminars (at least one of which in Global Governance) and you will follow a Capita Global Governance, all in your first semester. During your second semester, you will write a Master thesis (in the field of Global Governance) and you will do an internship.

Programme options

Master's placement (specialization)

A placement is a recognised component of this Master's track.

You can propose yourself at what organisation you would like to do a placement and where necessary the programme can advise you. Click the link above to find examples of placements completed by other Master's students.

Master's Honours Programme (honours program)

The Master's Honours Programme was developed especially for students who want to get more from their studies.

It is a programme worth 15 ECTS that is followed in addition to the standard Master's programme. It is a one-year interdisciplinary programme that is designed to introduce students to various aspects of leadership.

Programme schedule

University of Groningen

Because the track starts in September as well as in February, all courses are offered both in the first and in the second semester.

Examples of Research Seminars Global Governance are: 'Governing through Risk and the Politics of Uncertainty', 'Geopolitics and Connectivity', 'Power Configurations in World Politics' and 'Governance and Security in the Arctic'. The topics of the research seminars are updated every year, so please note that these are examples.

For course descriptions, please visit the Online Course Catalogue: https://www.rug.nl/let/courses-ma-international-relations (please scroll down for Global Governance)

Study abroad

Study abroad is optional

Admission requirements

Specific requirements More information
language test The English language proficiency requirement will be met by passing an examination in English at the level of the Dutch VWO final exam (mark 6 or higher), or by passing the internet-based TOEFL test with a score of at least 90 (with a minimum of 21 for all items), IELTS Academic Module with a minimum score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.0 for all items) or a certificate from the University of Groningen Language Centre, at least B2, CEFR.
previous education Students with either a university Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences (including - but not limited to - Economics, Political Science, Development Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Social Geography), or an internationally oriented university Bachelor's degree such as International Relations, Regional Studies, European/International Law, or (Modern) History are eligible to apply.

After you complete your application, the IR Admissions Board will assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, and will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades you have obtained.

The Admissions Board will then determine whether:

  • direct admission is possible
  • a student has to complete the pre-Master's programme first
  • a student cannot be admitted

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Programme form
EU/EEA 2017-2018 €2060 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2017-2018 €11400 full-time

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
EU/EEA students 15 October 2017, 01 May 2018 01 February 2018, 01 September 2018
non-EU/EEA students 15 October 2017, 01 May 2018 01 February 2018, 01 September 2018

Job prospects

The Master's track is broad in scope and gives students a solid foundation in international relations. There is consequently a wide range of employment opportunities for International Relations graduates. The most obvious profession is a policy advisor, but you could also become a researcher, lobbyist, diplomat, or PR officer. You can work in international business, non-profit or government organizations, in the media, and at a university or a private research institute.

Research Global Governance

Global governance relates to the ways in which order is established, maintained and transformed in the global sphere. The study of global governance addresses the problem of how 'orders of governance' are constituted and operated in contemporary and historical settings.

In this track, order is understood as the outcome of particular ways of managing, organizing and governing global political spaces which can no longer be understood in terms of the absence of an overarching authority. It involves the interaction between interests expressed by governments and international institutions, as well as the role of non-state actors. Historical, constructivist, and poststructuralist methodologies, as well as multilevel governance approaches are applied to interpret the interplay between a broad array of dynamic public, private and transnational interests in creating order in the world.

Research at the HTIR revolves around two overlapping fields: (global) governance and connectivity. Common to them is a concern with understanding the making of orders of governance as well as advancing and refining traditional and alternative methodological approaches to the study of history and theory of international relations.

Methodological expertise across the group includes ethnographic and cultural research (Doortmont), genealogy (Lobo-Guerrero, Herborth, Shim), historical epistemology (Lobo-Guerrero), operative social and political theory (Herborth, Lobo-Guerrero, Shim), and biography (Meijer, Doortmont). Members of the group come from various intellectual traditions and some are influenced and inspired by critical social and political theory, constructivist approaches to global politics, and poststructuralist thought.

Rationalities of governance

This strand of research focuses on understanding how order is established, maintained and transformed in different historical, geographical and intellectual settings. Although an emphasis is put on the 'global' dimension of governance, ideas of globality are not presupposed but interrogated. We raise questions that lead us to explore the rationalities that support current and historical forms of governance.

Past and current projects deal with how forms of governance rely on particular ways of understanding and managing uncertainty through risk (Lobo-Guerrero; how understandings of the 'West' are used to articulate contemporary forms of government and rule (Herborth); how pre-modern and modern states in Africa are constituted and governed (Doortmont); how biographical context helps understand the constitution of order (Meijer, Doortmont); and how the visuality-subjectivity nexus that supports forms of global politics is connected to and created by particular practices of looking (Shim).

Connectivity and the creation of spaces of governance

The second strand aims at thinking about connectivity as a relational effect between political, economic, social, cultural, and religious domains. Such interaction materializes into spaces of governance such as political institutions, physical infrastructures, knowledge regimes, populations, markets and visual imaginaries. By allowing ourselves to 'wonder' about what constitutes the empirical dimensions of interaction, we detail, analyze and theorize historical and contemporary forms of connectivity. The objective is to bring to the fore the relational character of global politics and critically appraise categories of thought such as the 'global', the 'national' and the 'international'.

Projects on this area explore the politics of imaging space, place and site through, for example, the analysis of satellite imagery as productive of geopolitical imaginations (Shim); the (historical) politics of global seaport connectivities and the use of metaphors for thinking relationality (Lobo-Guerrero); and reflections on connectivity as a category of thought (Lobo-Guerrero, Herborth, Shim). On a more historical basis, projects concentrate on cases of Dutch diplomacy and decolonization in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean providing rich empirical material from which to derive future theorization (Doortmont, Meijer). Particular emphasis is given to the role of persons in pivotal economic and political positions and their worldview in influencing the course(s) of international politics (Meijer, Doortmont), and the idiosyncrasies of local cultures in effecting cultural connectivities as well as the understanding of the state (Doortmont).
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Last updated September 28, 2017
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