GIIS Bachelor courses in the spotlight


Disclaimer: all bachelor courses mentioned here are taught in Dutch

Introduction to World Politics

Lecturer: Prof. dr. Thijs Van de Graaf

Why does war occur? Has the role of states run its course because of economic globalization? Can International cooperation solve cross-border problems such as climate change and terrorism?Which one prevails in world politics, great power competition or international law? These are only a few of the many questions tackled during this course. 

Inleiding tot de wereldpolitiek


History of World Politics (1815-present)

Lecturer: Prof. dr. Dries Lesage

This course offers a thorough overview of the international political history from 1815 (end of the napoleonic wars) until the beginning of the 21st century (9/11 and the Iraq War). The course revolves around the rise and fall of subsequent world orders and the alternating coalitions and confrontations of great powers. Not only does the course offer a factual account of the history of world politics, it also aims to familiarize students with explanations offered by political science research regarding important historical events and developments. These include the causes of wars, the evolution of international cooperation and the emergence of mechanisms of global governance.

geschiedenis van de wereldpolitiek

Comparative Political Economy

Lecturer: Prof. dr. Mattias Vermeiren

This course deepens students' insights in the political dimensions of domestic and foreign international economic processes. More specifically, the course thoroughly examines two topical and interlinked transversal themes: the grow in income and wealth inequality, and the global financial-economic crisis. The main focus of the course is how we can understand the political causes and consequences of those two themes from a comparative political economy perspective.

Comparatieve politieke economie

International Relations Theory

Lecturer: Prof. dr. Dries Lesage

This course introduces a number of different theories and frames of analysis commonly used in research on international politics, allowing students to learn how to analyse both historical and current events in world politics from a theoretical perspective. The course has three goals: 1) familiarizing students with the most important theoretical angles for the study of international politics, 2) providing insight in the history of international relations theory, and 3) strengthening the methodological competences of students studying international politics. 

theorie van de internationale betrekkingen