How globalization has shaped today’s world
History at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has a long tradition in teaching and researching global relations and the history of the international system. The specialisation Global History and International Studies focuses on how the circulation of people, goods and ideas has shaped the world as we know it today. The links between history and contemporary political debates on capitalism, unfree labour, migration, nationalism, identities, and climate change are discussed throughout the specialisation.
We focus on relations between Western countries and both the colonial and postcolonial world, including South America and Southeast Asia. We also have extensive expertise in Europe-U.S. relations in the wider context of the Atlantic World.
Those who specialise in this programme, in addition to the general subjects of the MA History, take research seminars and specialised tutorials. Your courses will cover a range of issues, such as:
- the history of capitalism and unfree labour
- the history of the circulation of racial theories
- the history of global migrations and diasporas
- the history of climate and crises
Students interested in pursuing an internship as part of their study programme can propose a project with a collaborating institution, subject to approval from the university.
You have the freedom to choose the subject of your master’s thesis, as long as it linked to the broader field of your specialisation.
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You will learn about the latest methods and research from our experts in the field.
The programme is taught by staff from the Chair of Global Economic and Social History (prof. dr. Pepijn Brandon, prof. dr. Ulbe Bosma, and dr. Lucas Poy), the Chair of Water and Environmental History (Prof.dr. Petra van Dam) and the Chair of Global History from an Anthropological Perspective (Prof.dr. Pál Nyiri, dr. Norah Karrouche and dr. Younes Saramifar).
Global History and International Studies is a specialisation of the Master History. The start date of this programme is September 1st.