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This honoursmodule is for students who are interested in discussions about the role of NSAs, including non-governmental organizations (NGOs), criminal organizations and corporations, operating beyond the boundaries of states.

While for the most part International Relations scholars still consider states being the main units of analysis, over the past decades NSAs have obtained increased attention due to the causes they support, the voices they represent, and their strategies. This has given rise to a number of questions, such as whether the inclusion of NSAs in regional and global decision-making is warranted and legitimate, and whether these NSAs actually hold a certain amount of power or influence. Theoretical approaches from disciplines such as sociology, economics, philosophy, legal studies and political science that try to account for the (lack of) power or influence that NSAs have on a global level, and assess the legitimacy and necessity of such influence, will be discussed.

Besides discussing approaches to answer these questions, this module makes students familiar with writing a policy brief. Such an exercise contributes to the development of an important skill; transforming scientific results into a tool that can be employed by NSAs to facilitate action.


Gerda van Roozendaal


All lectures will take place on-campus and we assume you can be physically present during the scheduled hours. You can find the timetable on Datanose.


Registration is possible for students participating in an Honours programme. The registration for the Honours courses will start on June 5, 10 am -  June 11, 11.59 pm. You can register through the online registration form that will appear on Honoursmodules IIS. (registration is NOT through SIS)

Please note: There is no guarantee for placement if you register after June 11, so make sure you register on time. You will hear which course(s) you are registered for before June 30. 

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