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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.


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.


12 February, 2015: 'International Justice Matters'

On Thursday 12 February, 2015, Judge Sanji Mmasenono Monageng, an experienced jurist, expert on human rights, and First Vice-President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), will speak on the law and politics of international criminal justice at Leiden University's Institute of Political Science. The lecture will be held from 15:00 to 17:00 in room S.C01 of the Pieter de la Court building.


10 February 2015: 'Grexit' or business as usual?

What to make of the looming conflict between the Greek people (and political forces in Southern Europe) and Germany and the Troika (and political forces in Northern Europe)? Are we going to witness a 'Grexit', or is this a case of business as usual? Honorary doctor Peter J. Katzenstein's lecture 'Old News? Europe in Crisis' could not have been timed better: 10 February 2015, 16:00-17:15, room 1.A20 of the Pieter de la Court building.


6 February 2015: Master's Information Day

Are you currently completing your Bachelor’s degree and looking for the next challenge? Are you interested in the study of politics? Both on the domestic and the international level? At one of Europe's top political science institutes? Our master programmes have a lot to offer. Come to the Master's Information Day on 6 February to learn more.


4 February 2015: 'After Paris: Making Sense of Terrorism'

All interested students and staff are invited to a panel discussion on radicalization, cartoon controversies, and balancing security and civil liberties. The event will be held on Wednesday, 4 February 2015, from 15:00 to 17:00 in room S.B45 of the Pieter de la Court building.


Honorary doctorate for Peter J. Katzenstein

On 9 February, 2015, the 440th Dies Natalis, Peter J. Katzenstein will be awarded a Leiden University honorary doctorate in recognition of his contribution to the social sciences in general, and to political science in particular. Professor Katzenstein (Cornell University) is one of the most influential scholars in the fields of comparative politics and international relations.


Become a Master Student for one day

Are you considering to obtain a Masters degree at one of Europe's best universities? Would you like to deepen your knowledge about politics and enhance your academic skills? Are you interested in what Leiden University’s Master in Political Science has to offer? Come and visit us, on Tuesday 9 and/or Thursday 11 December 2014!


New application procedure and deadlines for Masters

The deadlines for registering for our Master programmes have been advanced. This affects all prospective MSc students, including Leiden University BSc's. If you intend to enroll in one of our Master programmes in February or September, please refer to the application flyer to find out which deadlines apply.