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Year 3, semester 2

Block 3


Theory of International Relations (5 ECTS)
-         Dr T. Nowak (coordinator)
An introductory course on International Relations in which the main tenets of contemporary theory are presented. The world system and national political events and actors interact to produce an outcome that may be called world politics. The system constrains the behaviour of individual states and may lead to confrontation and war, but also to cooperation and order. This calls for analyzing the sources of military power, but also economic interdependence and globalization, which structure many of the world’s transactions. The course also addresses recent developments, such as environmental security and international terrorism. The aim is to instil in students a clear sense of how international events can be fruitfully analyzed and how contemporary phenomena are to be approached.
The course consists of a lecture cycle, accompanying the study of an International Relations handbook and a reader with additional literature.


Decision-making in the European Union (5 ECTS)
-     Dr T. Nowak (coordinator)
A substantial and increasing part of national law and policy stems from legal instruments and policy measures of the European Union. This module aims to provide students with a thorough analysis of the political and administrative processes which result in these European legal acts and policies.
Content: first, the development, nature and functioning of the EU’s political and institutional system, which is fundamentally different from national political systems in a number of ways, will be discussed. Then, the administrative and political decision making that takes place within these frameworks will be discussed. The policy process can be divided into various phases, from initiation to implementation and monitoring, and for each phase a number of specific problems and characteristics will be discussed. A political science perspective will be applied in the analysis of these decision-making processes. Teaching method: the module consists of lectures and tutorials. In the tutorials students will learn to apply theoretical knowledge by means of research assignments.

Block 4

Economics of International Trade and International Finance (10 ECTS)
-       Dr S.E. Weishaar (coordinator)
-       F.G. Tiche, LLM
For the Economics of International Trade part of this module, emphasis is placed on the economic theories of international trade policy. After having completed this course, students are able to: (a) interpret the benefits from international trade in terms of comparative and absolute advantage, and the economies of scale, (b) explain the existence and operation of trade barriers.
For the International Finance part of this module, emphasis is placed on monetary - and macro-economics. After having completed this course, students are able to: (a) explain how the international transfer of funds relates to the creation and supply of money, (b) understand a balance of payments, (c) relate exchange rates, balances of payments and the money supply, (d) apply basic concepts from monetary and macro-economic policy.
The international economy is characterized by countless possibilities and uncertainties. The performance of national economies is influenced by variable factors such as exchange rates, trade barriers, constraints on international investment and the level of macroeconomic stability. If a country is to make its mark in the international economy, policymakers must be aware of these factors, how they will develop in the future, and why this is so.
The module Economics of International Trade and International Finance provides an introduction to the most important economic theories that enable decision-makers - and individuals in general - to (a) understand the international economy, and (b) evaluate national policymaking and enforcement.
Motives behind and implications of trade barriers and international trade policy are explained, using classical trade theory, the Heckscher-Ohlin model, and elements from contemporary theories, such as economies of scale and imperfect competition.
In International Finance, starting with the national available amount of money and the balance of payments, the interdependence of national income, national product, consumption, investments, imports, and exports between countries will be explained.

Block 3 and 4


Interdisciplinary Research Colloquium (10 ECTS)
-       Dr T. Nowak (coordinator)
In this module students write their bachelor theses. In the introductory lectures and in the presentation sessions students will become acquainted with the various dimensions of international and European issues and how these dimensions can be analyzed from the viewpoint of several academic disciplines. Students are expected to work independently but under the supervision of their supervisor. Students will be evaluated on their research, presentation and language skills.
This module uses examples from European as well as international legal practice. It also deals with the various aspects of setting up and conducting research. The module prepares students for the colloquium organized in the second half of the semester. The colloquium focuses on conducting research and presenting the research results to your lecturers and fellow students. During the module, more information will be given on the colloquium.

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