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Comparative Politics

Radboud University

Master Postgraduate Nijmegen

Course description

Qualification Master of Science
Field of study Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts
Course summary This specialisation focuses on political challenges for contemporary (non-) democracies, such as new demands on representative institutions and pressures created by migration and demographic change.
Course description Democracies currently face unprecedented challenges. Is Europe witnessing a surge in populist sentiment? Do parliaments and political parties have a future? And, what role will radical right-wing parties play in these developments? The programme focuses on these and many other challenges. The core of the programme consists of the courses: Theoretical Approaches to Comparative Politics, Challenges to Representative Democracy, The Politics of Reform, and Power and Persuasion in Politics. You can further specialize by choosing from the many elective courses or by doing an internship and during the individual research project of your Master's Thesis. The analytical skills and knowledge you learn, prepare you for positions in policy and programme development in national, EU, and international public and private sector organisations, as well as a wide range of research opportunities. The Master's in Comparative Politics is a specialisation of the Master's programme in Political Science. For the fifth time in a row, this programme was rated number one in the Netherlands by the Keuzegids Masters 2017 (Guide to Master's programmes).
Study subjects Considering today's challenges that contemporary democracies face, this Master's specialisation focuses on them by tackling themes such as representative and deliberative democracy, political parties, democratic reform, the welfare state, gender and immigration policy. Courses include Theoretical Approaches to Comparative Politics: Actors & Institutions; Challenges to 21st Century Representative Democracy; The Politics of Reform: Welfare, Immigration, and Inequality.
Course objectives This specialisation allows students to gain analytical skills and knowledge in order to prepare themsleves for positions in policy and programme development in national, EU, and international public and private sector organisations. Your knowledge and skills are also sought after in consulting, (inter)national diplomacy with the EU, in local, regional and national government, with business, media and think-tanks. Furthermore, the specialisation is an expellent base to go on with a PhD project.
ECTS credits 60.00
Duration 12 month(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes case study, computer exercise, group discussion, group assignment, lecture, individual assignment, literature study, oral presentation, research, research project, research proposal, design project, project, gaming, internship, tutorial, working group, workshop, self evaluation, self study
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About the institution

Department Nijmegen school of Management
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Admission requirements
  1. A Bachelor degree in Political Science or a closely-related discipline from a recognized, academic university. All applicants should have sufficient knowledge of social sciences research methodology (quantitative and qualitative).
Language requirements
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English C1
IELTS listening 6
IELTS overall band 6.5
IELTS reading 6
IELTS speaking 6
IELTS writing 6
TOEFL internet based 90
Professional experience required -
Duration 12 month(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
1 Sep 2019 1 Sep 2019 1 Apr 2019
1 Sep 2020 1 Sep 2020 1 Apr 2020
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2019 (FT)€ 2083n.a.n.a.

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