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International Intervention


Admission requirements

Admission to the MA International Relations..


In this course, students will be introduced to and examine international intervention(s) in response to armed conflict, humanitarian crisis, abuses of human rights and state failure. Students will spend time identifying and defining the key concepts that underpin such interventions, drawing on their knowledge of International Relations theory acquired in other courses in their programme of study. This theoretical emphasis will be accompanied by an extensive focus on relevant case studies from the Cold War and post-Cold War periods, during which students will be encouraged to look for evidence of continuities and/or change and to deliver comparative analyses of interventions with a view to understanding the related causes, imperatives, motivations, forms and consequences of those interventions.

Course objectives

  • To introduce students to the underpinning concepts and competing understandings of intervention;

  • To extend students’ knowledge and understanding of a range of case studies relevant to the study and analysis of international intervention;

  • To develop students’ ability to deliver a critical analysis of those factors that shape international intervention in situations of conflict, state collapse, humanitarian and human rights emergencies;

  • To refine students’ ability to reflect upon and apply theory to practice and deliver conclusions about the fit between the two, based on extensive engagement with primary and secondary sources;

  • To develop students’ reflective capacities in relation to the subject specific material as well as the research, communication and writing skills central to successful completion of the course.


The timetable is available on the website.

Mode of instruction

Lectures, seminars and group and individual research. In addition, parts of the course will be taught using enquiry-based learning (EBL), incorporating independent study, prescribed reading, group discussion.

Course Load

Total course load is 10 ec x 28 hours = 280 hours:
Course participation (2 hours per week x 13 weeks = 26 hours);

  • Time for studying the compulsory literature and preparation for the lectures/seminars (6 x 8 hours = 48 hours);

  • Preparing for EBL sessions (3 x 12 hours = 36 hours);

  • Preparing for flipped classroom (4 x 15 hours = 60 hours);
    Researching and writing the portfolio (110 hours).

Assessment method


  • Play active part in class discussions;

  • Flipped classroom – case study mini lecture & seminar

  • Portfolio to contain 2 elements:
    o 1,500 word review of book relevant to the study of international intervention;
    o Content OR discourse analysis of (student-selected) UN Security Council meeting transcripts.


  • Active participation (20%);

  • Flipped classroom – case study mini lecture & seminar (30%);

  • Portfolio (50%):
    o Book review (25%);
    o Content OR discourse analysis of UN Security Council meeting transcripts (25%).


  • Portfolio to contain 2 elements (50%):
    o Book review (25%)
    o Content OR discourse analysis of UNS Security Council meeting transcipts (25%).

inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.


Blackboard will be used for:
Uploading of all course documents, including slides used in lectures/seminars; updates regarding the course; submission of all assessments

Reading list

A detailed reading list will be distributed at the start of the course, including compulsory reading for classes (where appropriate).


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


Dr Maxine David