Program Structure

IRPH structure

Year 1

Take 3 CHOICE Modules, at least one free selection

Introduction to International Relations
This module presents an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of International Relations.
With the help of concepts and theories from political science, students gain insight
into the functioning and impact of many of todays international institutions. In addition,
students are offered a comprehensive historical overview of the political, economic and
social changes of the international system during the past few centuries. Emphasis is put
on the particularly disruptive and violent twentieth century (called the Age of Extremes
by historian Eric Hobsbawm), out of which todays international institutions and system

Year 2

Take 3 CORE Modules, at least 2 from study program

International Politics and Policy
This module offers an introduction to the politics and policy-making of international relations.
It does so through discussing some of the most pressing questions of global
politics and policy today. These include: what is democracy, should it be spread around
the world, and can it be incorporated at the international level? Moreover, is it possible to
reduce warfare, terrorism and other forms of transnational violence? Last, what roles can
diplomacy and foreign policy play in bringing about a prosperous, equitable and peaceful
international system? The module shows that alternative theories in political science provide
different answers to these questions, and it helps students critically reflect on these

Global Dynamics in Historical Perspective
This module discusses the importance of the historical forces underlying contemporary
politics, economies and societies and lays the foundation for thinking about future developments
and challenges. The course Social and Economic History in the Age of
Globalization provides students with a historical perspective on global interconnectedness
and teaches them how economic developments interact with political, social and
cultural factors. The course Empires and Nation States examines the past trajectories of
great powers, the emergence of new types of states, and other key forces in world politics.
The rise of Asia and the importance of regional differences in a globalizing world
are accentuated in the course Modern Asian History. Throughout the module, students
are invited to pose challenging questions: for instance, how can we balance the need for
global thought and action with the appreciation of societal diversity? What might the rise
and fall of past empires tell us about future dynamics?

Arenas of Political Life
This module presents an interdisciplinary combination of courses covering the ways in
which ideas, structures, and actors shape political life on the domestic, regional, and international
levels and how these levels interact. The course International Political Economy
focuses on the relationship between economics and international relations by examining
how domestic policies and politics interact with and are influenced by international
economic issues and governance, and vice versa. Regional Integration investigates the
efforts of different political actors to overcome the boundaries of the nation state and
forge new relations, be it for political, cultural, or economic reasons. Finally, International
Law focuses on the principles governing the international conduct of states and
non-state actors and on the prospects and limits of international law for addressing current
and future issues in world politics.

Year 3

Take CAREER Modules, choose between World and Campus Track

1. World Track
5th Semester
– Internship / study abroad
6th Semester
– International Relations: Politics and History Project / Thesis Module
– Program-specific Specialization Module
Exemplary course offering:
 Global Ideologies
 Religion and Politics
 The Making of the Modern State
 History of Social and Political Theory
 Political Theory and Social Neuroscience
 The Global East and South
 The African Union: Principles, Objectives, Institutions and Its Role in the
Global Context
 Decolonization in Comparative Perspective
 Cold War History and Historiography
 Histories of Development since 1945

2. Campus Track
Students who do not enter the World Track follow the Campus Track.
5th and 6th Semester
– Program-specific Project / Thesis Module
– Program-specific Specialization Module
(please see World Track for exemplary course offering)
– Additional CORE Module