Global History and International Relations
Analyse international relations from a historical and global perspective

Study programme

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.

Understanding the past is key in understanding the present. In this programme, you approach modern history from multiple angles, examining social, political and cultural themes in the past – and connecting them with contemporary developments.

In this master programme, 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 full-time/part-time

Below you can find the study programme. The master Global History and International Relations can be followed full-time or part-time. When you study part time, you have to obtain the same amount of studypoints. The courses are spread over two years. 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.

Video presentation master GHIR

  • Term 1

    Term 2

    • Port Cities and Maritime History


      The Rise and Fall of the American EmpireCH4136
      History, Memory and National IdentityCH4134
      History of Cultural DifferenceCH4133
      Histories of Creativity and InnovationCH4139
      Power, Politics and SovereigntyCH4142
    • 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

  • Year 1

    • Coursecode: CH4010
      Workload: EC 10

    • Coursecode: CH4122
      Workload: EC 5

    • Options:

      • Research Internship CH4121
      • Text and Context: From Source to Science CH4123

      Workload: EC 5

    • Options:

      • Globalization and the making of Europe, 1850-present CH4124
      • Travelling Things CH4126

      Workload: EC 5

    Year 2

    • Coursecode: CH4001
      Workload: EC 5

    • Options:

      • Port Cities and Maritime History CH4137
      • The Rise and Fall of the American Empire CH4136
      • History, Memory and National Identity CH4134
      • History of Cultural Difference CH4133
      • Histories of Creativity and Innovation CH4139
      • Power, Politics and Sovereignty CH4142

      Workload: EC 10

    • Master's Thesis:
      Student Workload: 20 EC