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Practising International Studies


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies programme.


Practising International Studies is an academic collaborative project course where teams of students reflect and analyse societal issues presented by organisational partners that operate in international environments. These leaders appeal to student teams to use their area-specific and multidisciplinary background in International Studies as well as their research capabilities to provide them with novel and critical insights to assist their future decision-making.

This course teaches students to merge their International Studies background in practice. Students learn to, conduct holistic research using their multidisciplinary grounding, that is, historical, cultural, economic and political—as taught from a Humanities perspective, and area expertise, to finally balance globalisation and contextualisation to further progress on contemporary societal challenges.

Course objectives

This course aims to:

  • apply theories, key concepts, and various ideas from International Studies as practical tools of critical reflection and analysis (bridging the theory-practice gap);

  • equip students with the tools to to employ their critical thinking skills to engage with the challenges and opportunities of the contemporary world as encountered by international organisations;

  • further develop research skills such as refine problem definition; collect, analyse, and review academic literature; develop a theoretical framework; formulate research questions; conduct case study research;

  • further develop the ability to give and receive feedback in constructive dialogues with peers and research coaches, and integrating feedback to further the project;

  • expand teamwork competencies and team role skills, the ability to listen, discuss and integrate perspectives through (sub)teamwork, individual role fulfillment for the group and collaboration;

  • build the ability to critically assess and advise in complex cases of international organisations to the benefit of society thereby advancing research of societal relevance.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

(Guest-) Lectures, project tutorials, workshops, presentations.

All sessions are mandatory. For teams to function effectively, all student consultants should be actively involved in all the components of the course and contribute to group discussions to be represented in the decision-making process and consultancy deliverables. Make sure you inform both your team and your research coach if you cannot make it for a good reason. Engage in professional communication and be accountable and responsible towards your (sub)team.

Assessment method

The course is assessed through a combination of individual and group assessment of a series of project components and deliverables, such as team agreement, academic portfolio, final report and final presentation.

Further specification of these steps in the academic consultancy process to be announced in the syllabus.

Reading list

To be announced.


The method of registration for this course will be announced later.



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