Programme overview

Global History and International Relations
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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

Study programme full-time

Term 1

Student workload: 5 EC

Student workload: 5 EC

Student workload: 5 EC

Term 2

Student workload: 5 EC

Student workload: 5 EC

Student load: 5 EC

Students have to participate in a research workshop to prepare their final master project. The final project can be a policy paper, a documentary, an exhibition proposal or a regular historical thesis. The research proposal coaches the students during the entire length of their project. Students have to present about their progress. They can choose from:

  • Histories of Creativity and Innovation (CH4139)
  • History of Cultural Difference (CH4133)
  • Urban Transformations in a Globalising World (CH4140)
  • History, Memory and National Identity (CH4134)
  • Port Cities and Maritime History (CH4137)
  • The Rise and Fall of the American Empire (CH4136)
  • Power, Politics and Sovereignty (CH4142)

Term 3

Student workload: 5 EC

Student workload: 5 EC

Continuation of Term 2

Student workload: 2.5 EC

Student workload: 10 EC

Term 4

Student workload: 5 EC

Student Workload: 10 EC (continuation of Term 3)

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