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New International Studies Minor Equivalent

13 April 2021

Good news for International Studies students! We have created a brand new International Studies minor equivalent as an additional option for your Elective Credits, developed by our own International Studies staff. We have also organised some other course options for your Elective Credits.

The uncertainty about what the world will look like during the 2021-2022 academic year has already resulted in a number of our partner institutions cancelling exchanges, and for others it is still unclear what will happen. It may also be more difficult to find an internship in the country you would like to go to. To help out, we have created a number of extra options for you to choose from for your Elective Credits. The one that we are most proud of is the minor equivalent: Ecology, Migration and Tolerance: Limits to cooperation?

Theme of the minor equivalent
Many of the most acute problems we face today are of a global nature: they transcend national boundaries, they put the future of humanity at peril, and they can be addressed only through international cooperation. However, what can international cooperation deliver? Is it possible to come together and address in a sustainable manner looming ecological crises, concerns about social justice, and economic well-being?

This minor equivalent addresses these questions from multiple vantage points. It discusses the overall top-down perspective of large intergovernmental organizations such as the UN, which tries to achieve good governance based on principles of sustainable human development. However, how realistic is sustainable development in the light of the urgency of the climate crisis? What are the accomplishments and shortcomings of large intergovernmental organizations with regard to issues such as ecological and migrant crises and increasing intolerance? In light of the above considerations, what are people's responses to social and environmental challenges? What perspectives does a bottom-up approach through contemporary social movements offer?

This package contains the following courses:

  • Challenges to Internationalism: The Evolution of the United Nations (5EC)
  • Political Economy of Ecological Crisis (10EC)
  • Migrations and Tolerance in a Globalized World (10EC)
  • Politics from Below: Protests and Social Movements (5EC)

More information on the courses will follow in the E-prospectus 2021-22.


There are limited places available in this minor equivalent, so please send an email to our administration as soon as possible if you would like to enrol for this package. In your email, please mention the name of the package Ecology, Migration and Tolerance: Limits to cooperation?, as there are other packages available as well (see below). We will only offer this to students as a part of their Elective Credits; there is no option of doing these courses as extracurricular courses.

If the package is as popular as we think it will be, we will try to turn this into an official minor from next academic year on, making it accessible to students from other programmes and faculties as well.

Other packages

We had a number of minor equivalent packages available this academic year and we will provide them again for the academic year 2021-22. These packages are handpicked for International Studies students and pre-approved by the Board of Examiners. We encourage you to have a good look at them, check out the courses in the E-prospectus and enrol by sending an email to our administration telling us which package you would like to choose for your Elective Credits.

We offer the following packages of courses:

Urban Studies (6 places available)

  • Urban studies foundations (5EC)
  • Cultural Diversity in urban contexts (5EC)
  • Determinants of human behaviour (5EC)
  • Governance of cities and citizens (5EC)
  • Multicultural City Lecture Series (5EC)
  • Safe City Lecture Series (5EC)

Philosophy (5 places available)

  • Philosophy of culture (5EC)
  • History of modern philosophy (5EC)
  • World Philosophies: Greek and Roman Antiquity (5EC)
  • World Philosophies: China (5EC)
  • Language & Thought (5EC)
  • Ethics (5EC)*

* The course Ethics will be followed without the tutorials that student of the Philosophy programme do follow for this course. The lecturer has indicated that that not pose a problem for our students.

Religion (no limit to number of students)

  • Compulsory
  • Religion in the World (5EC)
  • Comparative Religion (5EC)
  • Sociology of Religion (5EC)

Choose three of four

  • Introduction to Buddhism (5EC)
  • Jews and Judaism: An Introduction (5EC)
  • Introduction to the Study of Islam (5EC)
  • Introduction to Hindu Religions (5EC)

Language & Linguistics (no limit to number of students)


  • Hacking the Humanities: An Introduction to Digital Humanities and Text Mining (5EC)

Choose five of six:

  • Languages of the world (5EC)
  • Language and communication (5EC)
  • Neurolinguistics  (5EC)
  • Inleiding Afrikaanse Talen en Taalkunde (in Dutch!, 5EC)
  • Core Curriculum: Introduction to Linguistics (5EC)
  • Dutch Debates – Topical Questions in Dutch Society, Culture I (5EC)
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