Bachelor-vakken door het GIIS in de kijker


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 handle border-crossing problems such as climate change and terrorism? Does power or international law rule world politics? 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. Alongside factual knowledge, the course also wants to offer political science explanations for important developments, such as 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 specific, the course thoroughly examines two actual and interlinked transversal themes: the grow in income and wealth inequality, and the global financial-economic crisis. The thread throughout 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 allows students to frame the knowledge on international politics they gathered in previous courses from a theoretical perspective. This course is also crucial for the Bachelor research paper and Master's thesis. 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