Geopolitics & Connectivity

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

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locatieGroningen
diplomaMA
typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
accreditatiesNVAO
croho-code60734
numerus fixusnee
honoursnee

Important information for prospective students starting an MA programme in September 2020

What can we learn about how attempts to create order in the world have to do with how things are connected and disconnected? How is it that nationalisms and identities, economic systems, ideologies, inequalities, environmental and health issues, as well as belief systems, are used to connect and disconnect people, ideas, and places creating (new) geopolitical realities?

In this track you will be introduced to a novel approach, developed and led by colleagues at Groningen, to understand geopolitics as a connectivity effect. You will learn how spaces are, and have been, the result of connecting (strategically or not), many of the issues mentioned above. Drawing on historical and contemporary case studies and issues, you will develop unique analytical skills to approach any geopolitical issue in time.

Some questions inspired by this approach are, for example, how has the United States tried to change the terms under which it connects to the world in an attempt to force a different geopolitical context? How is China resetting the terms for its global connectivity through its Belt and Road initiative(s)? How is the European Union attempting to develop an environmental agenda to connect its members and create its geopolitical projection in the world? How do actors in the global realm challenge or benefit from these geopolitical aspirations? How do certain people and regions choose, and have chosen, to geopolitically disconnect from global designs?

Methodologically, you will learn how conflicts and wars, pandemics and environmental disasters, economic and financial crises, systemic infrastructural failures, and different forms of radicalisms, alert us of failing connectivities and the emerging of new ones, and how you can use these connectivities to understand and theorise an ever-emerging world. You will learn how geopolitical designs in time have resulted from the strategic connection of complex issues and interests, and how such designs have resulted from thinking space and power creatively.

Waarom aan de RUG?

The track G&C:
  • Enables to design a study programme tailored to your needs and interests.
  • Offers a research-led and policy-oriented curriculum taught by committed staff.
  • Includes a placement that excellently prepares for the labour market.
  • Provides you with a research-oriented profile which makes you fit for participation in a Research Master and/or a PhD track.
  • Is embedded in a university that provides a genuine international environment in the sparkling city of Groningen.

Studieprogramma

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opbouwBecause the track starts in September as well as in February, all courses are offered both in the first and in the second semester.

Examples of Research Seminars Geopolitics & Connectivity are: 'Maps and Power', 'Regional Powers in the Caspian', and 'Energy Security'. The topics of the research seminars differ every year, so these are merely examples.
This track within the Master's degree programme International Relations is 60 ECTS. The basic element is the module Advanced Theory of International Relations. This module must be followed by all students. You choose two research seminars (at least one of which in G&C) and you will follow a Capita G&C, all in your first semester. During your second semester, you will write a Master thesis (in the field of G&C) and you will do a placement.
periode
1234
Advanced Theory of International Relations
5 EC
Research Seminar 1
10 EC
Research Seminar 2
10 EC
Capita Geopolitics & Connectivity
5 EC
Master's Thesis Geopolitics & Connectivity
20 EC
Master's Placement
10 EC

specialisaties

specialisatie Master's Placement

A placement is a recognised component of this Master's track.

It is your responsibility to find a placement yourself, but the Office for Student Affairs can offer help with this where necessary.

Onderwijs

taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet50% zelfstudie
30% theorie
20% praktijk
avondonderwijsn.v.t.
afstandsonderwijsn.v.t.
onderwijsvormen
case study, individual assignment, integration module, research, research proposal, project, seminar, internship, tutorial, self study
study guidance
If you have any questions or doubts about your studies, you can always contact the study advisor. He or she knows all the ins and outs of the program and personal planning. Study advisors are impartial and everything that is discussed is treated confidentially. They can also help you find the right institutions and student desks for your problems.

Toelating en kosten

startmomenten

1 februari 2021

aanmelding deadline : 1 november 2020
collegegeld nog niet bekend

1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 1 juni 2020
wettelijk tarief : € 2143 (€1072 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 11900
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 13500

1 september 2021

aanmelding deadline : 1 juni 2021
collegegeld nog niet bekend

toelatingseisen

taaltoets
Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for a maximum of 1 component). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180. If you have a VWO diploma a language test is not required.
For more information on the LCET: https://www.rug.nl/language-centre/testing-unit/english-lcet/

vooropleiding
University of Groningen:
Students with a University of Groningen Bachelor's degree in European Languages and Cultures (Profile Politics and Society) who started in 2016 or later have direct access through the IR Admissions Board. Please use this step-by-step guide for your specific application procedure: http://www.rug.nl/let/how-to-apply-MA
For students with a University of Groningen Bachelor's degree in American Studies, Communication and Information Studies, History, International and European Law, International Business, Media Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Minorities and Multilingualism, Psychology and Sociology a standard Pre-Master programme applies. Please use this step-by-step guide for your specific application procedure: http://www.rug.nl/let/how-to-apply-MA

Other universities and degree programmes:
Students with either a Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences (including - but not limited to - Economics, Political Science, Development Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Social Geography), or an internationally oriented Bachelor's degree such as International Relations, Regional Studies, European/International Law, or (Modern) History can submit an application to the IR Admissions Board. Please use this step-by-step guide for more information regarding your eligibility and your specific application procedure: http://www.rug.nl/let/how-to-apply-MA

After you complete your application, the IR Admissions Board will assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, and will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades you have obtained.

The Admissions Board will then determine whether:

  • direct admission is possible
  • a student has to complete the pre-Master's programme first: http://www.rug.nl/let/premaster-IR
  • a student cannot be admitted

estimated monthly costs

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bedragkostenpost
303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
22internet+tv
152boodschappen/kostgeld
32telefoon
117verzekeringen
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
29drinken/snoep/snacks
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
30contributies/abonnementen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart
45overig

€ 1171totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven

studentaantallen

214 studenten volgen deze opleiding
48% daarvan is vrouw
40 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
48% daarvan is vrouw
29331 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData

studievereniging

Clio
Clio is the study association of International Relations & International Organization at the University of Groningen. The objective of Clio is to combine academic development and social activities to stimulate integration between students and between students and professors. Besides that, Clio wants to represent the students IRIO. To fulfill these objectives, Clio organizes a vast array of activities ranging from an annual conference to socials and parties.
Om deze doelstellingen te realiseren, organiseert Clio een breed scala aan activiteiten, variërend van een jaarlijks congres tot socials en feesten.
Mitrany
Mitrany is the Alumni Network for all graduated students of International Relations and International Organization.
Mitrany was established in February 2013 in order to facilitate the contact between alumni and the Department of IRIO. Mitrany offers events tailored to graduated IRIO students concerning career paths and connects graduated IRIO students to its alumni network.

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Maarten Meijer
“I think it is important for students of IR not only to be able to talk about geopolitics, but also to thoroughly think about it.”

"The rise of China, wavering American support for NATO, Russia encroaching on its neighbours – talk about geopolitics has a strong presence both in the news and in public debate. I think it is important for students of IR not only to be able to talk about geopolitics, but also to thoroughly think about it. The new MA-track Geopolitics & Connectivity will allow you to do just that, by integrating innovative thinking about space, power, order, and connectivity in the study of geopolitics.

I myself greatly benefited from the research seminar Geopolitics & Connectivity...
This has allowed me to think critically about the relation between geopolitics and connectivity.The insights I have obtained in this course are invaluable for me as a student of IR, but also professionally. Both the empirical knowledge I have acquired in Geopolitics & Connectivity and the ability to think about geopolitics in an innovative fashion, are central to the PhD position I aim to obtain."


lees verder ...
Kristin Moppel
“Geopolitics and Connectivity helped me to understand the the bigger picture and the small details of International relations at the same time.”

“Geopolitics and Connectivity helped me to understand the the bigger picture and the small details of International relations at the same time. If forces you to think of the small details that may seem insignificant but influence the big picture a lot. I acquired skills how to dig deeper into topics and find out things that are underlying main topics...
Also, a dedicated and very helpful staff makes the studying process even more interesting.”


lees verder ...
Joost Ruiter
“The course offered me the philosophical insights and practical examples to see the real working of geopolitics, specifically through infrastructure and global trade.”

"For me, geopolitics is a topic that combines history, geography, global economy and human interaction. The topic interested me before I followed Geopolitics & Connectivity, but I never really knew how to analyse and interpret the world through Geopolitics. Only after I followed this track and wrote my Master Thesis on geopolitics, I really understood why the topic had interested me so much before.The course offered me the philosophical insights and practical examples to see the real working of geopolitics, specifically through infrastructure and global trade...
They all pointed to space and how it is constantly strategised. Besides all this, the course helped me to decide what I sought for in a possible job. For me, success in finding a job in the field of International Relations really depends on how good you are in explaining your interests and connecting a professional position to that interest. Geopolitics & Connectivity was an important part in my process to exactly that."


lees verder ...
Carlos Esteban Flores Terán
“Learning how to think and engage with problematizations is not only useful in the professional environments. It also fosters our creativity and reflexivity in our solutions.”

“This track revolves around a fascinating idea: that every national border, every map, every international treaty, as well as every transoceanic journey, and migration corridor, produces a specific political order in the world.This helped me understanding that aspects that we now see as natural, such as the using the Greenwich prime meridian, moving freely across the Schengen Area or consuming products manufactured in Asia or Latin America, are actually effects of political orders, power relations, and historical forces...
Learning how to think and engage with problematizations is not only useful in the professional environments. It also fosters our creativity and reflexivity in our solutions. On the other hand, this seminar also exposed me to an extensive body of critical, interdisciplinary, and challenging literature. The latter provides a solid foundation to think and write about our world.”


lees verder ...

Keuzehulp

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Studievergelijker

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47% vrouw
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inhoud3.83.9
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studiefaciliteiten3.73.6
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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

The Master programme in International Relations prepares its students for professions and research careers where knowledge of international-political developments and the ability to analyse and assess complex issues and to form grounded judgements are relevant.

Many graduates become policy advisors for national governments, NGOs, and international organisations in international politics. An increasing number of graduates also use their analytical skills to advise international businesses. Research, media and communication are also prospective fields of employment.

For some examples of where our graduates work, please check our alumni flyer.



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