'Media and Politics 2.0'

Political scientist Rebekah Tromble has been awarded a fellowship and seat at the Leiden University Teachers' Academy. She will use the associated facilities to innovate her 'Politics and Media' course. The ambition is to find new ways for students to deepen their knowledge about the role of media (old and new) in present-day society—not only by studying this phenomenon, but also by actively engaging in journalism and modern media work themselves, as citizen journalists.

Back by popular demand: MOOC on African federalism

'Federalism & Decentralisation: Evaluating Africa's Track Record', Jan Erk's (Leiden University Institute of Political Science) open online course is open again. After a very succesful run last Summer, Coursera now offers the course on-demand, with a flexible schedule.

25 September, 2015: Opening Central and East European Studies Center

Friday 25 September, 2015 marks the official launch of Leiden University's Central and East European Studies Center. From 17:00 to 19:00 you are welcome at Campus The Hague for the opening lecture. The speaker is Luke March, a political scientist and expert from the University of Edinburgh. He will address the topical issue of Russia's policy towards Ukraine.

9 September, 2015: Gerald Gaus on Moral Learning in Open Societies

On Wednesday 9 September 2015 from 15:00 to 17:00 Gerald Gaus, a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona, will present a paper on 'Moral Learning in the Open Society: The Theory and Practice of Natural Liberty' at Leiden University's Centre for Political Philosophy. Professor Gauss will address the question whether a commitment to natural liberty, as the default in a system of rules, is somehow implicit in our moral thinking.

Welcome, new political science master students!

The Political Science, Political Science: International Organisation, and Political Science & Public Administration: Research master programmes kick off on Monday 31 August 2015. Below, our new master students will find an overview of what the first study day looks like and what they should know beforehand.

Lotte Melenhorst wins ICA Top Student Award

Lotte Melenhorst, PhD candidate at Leiden University's Institute of Political Science, has been granted a Top Student Award by the International Communication Association's (ICA) Political Communication Panel for her paper on the role of the media in the legislative process. This was announced in May 2015, during the 65th Annual ICA Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

MOOC: 'Federalism & Decentralisation: Evaluating Africa's Track Record'

What is federalism; what are the implications of decentralisation? Do federalism and decentralisation contribute to democratisation, governance, and diversity? Virtually all African countries south of the Sahara are now either federal or decentralised—but how do their systems of governance perform? These questions will be addressed in the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) 'Federalism & Decentralisation: Evaluating Africa's Track Record'. Enrollment for this free course is open; the MOOC starts on 8 June 2015 and will run for six weeks.

Nicholas Vrousalis elected to Princeton fellowship

Nicholas Vrousalis, lecturer in Political Philosophy at the Institute of Political Science of Leiden University, has been elected to a fellowship at Princeton University. During the academic year 2015/16, Vrousalis will be based at Princeton University's Center for Human Values, where he will write a book on exploitation and power.

Daniela Stockmann awarded Goldsmith Book Prize

Leiden University political scientist Daniela Stockmann has been awarded the 2015 Goldsmith Book Prize for best academic book in the field of media, politics, and public policy. Stockmann's 'Media Commercialization and Authoritarian Rule in China' (Cambridge University Press, 2013) was acknowledged as 'one of the most important ever to get the Goldsmith Award.'

Job openings at the Institute of Political Science

Leiden University's Institute of Political Science is currently recruiting an assistant professor. Furthermore, there are three positions for PhD candidates in our research programme on political institutions. The deadline for applications is 30 March 2015.

Femke Avtalyon-Bakker awarded Peace Research Grant

Femke Avtalyon-Bakker, political scientist at Leiden University, has been awarded a grant from the IPRAF (International Peace Research Organization Foundation) for her PhD research into the influence of political culture of different political regimes on individuals of these societies.

Faces of Science: Fransje Molenaar

As of February 2015, Fransje Molenaar, a PhD candidate at Leiden University's Institute of Political Science, is one of the 'Faces of Science'. Via the eponymous on-line platform she will assist the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in enthusing students for science.

9-23 February, 2015: Multimedia exhibition 'Justice Matters'

From 9 to 23 February, 2015 Leiden University hosts 'Justice Matters', a multimedia exhibition illustrating the raison d'être and the work of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The exhibition is open to the public in the atrium of the University's Pieter de la Court building.