Global History and International Relations

Global History and International Relations highlights the rise and fall of empires and the emergence of international relations. In addition, it focuses on paradoxical processes of cultural homogenisation and increasing emphasis on cultural diversity in debates on national histories and heritage programmes. You will look at international relations in a historical context using approaches from social science, political theory and cultural analysis.

In this master specialisation, you study historical processes in a comparative and interdisciplinary manner. Drawing on insights from the social sciences, political theory and cultural analysis, you will learn to describe both the broad outlines and the unique aspects of historical events from the early modern period to the present. Studying topics such as international relations, migration, trade and cultural heritage, will provide a better understanding of the present as well.

The courses 

Below you can find the study programme. If you want to learn more about a specific course or want to see the current time table, you can enter the course code in our university's Course catalogue.

Introduction video by programme coordinator Mark Hay

Term 1

Student workload: 10 EC

Student workload: 5 EC

Term 2

Port Cities and Maritime History


The Rise and Fall of the American EmpireCH4236
History, Memory and National IdentityCH4234
History of Cultural DifferenceCH4133
Histories of Creativity and InnovationCH4139
Power, Politics and SovereigntyCH4242

Student workload: 5 EC

Term 3

Continuation of term 2

Research Internship

Text and Context: From Source to ScienceCH4123

Term 4

Continuation of term 2 & 3

Globalization and the Making of Europe, 1850-present

Travelling Things: the Making of Heritage in Different Educational ContextsCH4126

Student Workload: 20 EC

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