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IHP International Relations

Global Governance, Human Security & Civil Society

Examine the current global political trends and the challenges confronting the post-World War II liberal world order in the Netherlands and Senegal.

At a Glance





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mid-January ‎– mid May

Program Countries

Netherlands, Senegal

Program Excursion Countries


Program Base

Netherlands, Senegal

Critical Global Issue of Study

Geopolitics & Power

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Peace & Justice

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Why Study Global Governance?

The effectiveness of the international world order established after World War II is increasingly being challenged. Travel to the Netherlands and Senegal to explore the evolution of global governance, impacts of neoliberal policies, and rising political and social resistance. Live in Amsterdam, a global capital celebrated for its progressive politics and whose wealth was built on the exploitation of its trade empire. Examine immigration and integration policies, relationships with former colony migrant communities and the emergence of authoritarian right-wing populism.  Take an excursion to Brussels, a major center of international politics, and learn about the European Union (EU), NATO and World Health Organization (WHO).

In Senegal, known as a major regional peacekeeper and for its peaceful religious, ethnic and cultural coexistence, examine migration, postcolonialism, neocolonialism and the socio-economic impacts of the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) structural adjustment policies. In Dakar you will meet with youth activists and hip-hop artists demanding social change and reimagining the future.  Through fieldwork exercises, you will become attuned to the complexities of studying phenomena at the intersections of the local and the global, the social and the political, power and resistance.

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  • Travel to Brussels and study the integration and disintegration of the EU.
  • Visit the Hague and explore the International Court of Justice and other UN agencies.
  • Meet with NGOs and development organizations in Senegal, a regional peacekeeper.
  • Discuss social change with activists, hip hop artists, and academics in Dakar.



Program Sites

Online: United States

(4 days)

The program will begin online with sessions on US-based content for the purpose of comparison. Examine the system of global governance in place since the end of World War and how it was designed to maintain US hegemony and institutionalize neoliberal economic policies. By grounding our explorations in a critical understanding of the international relations and global governance landscape in the US, students will be able to make more informed comparisons as they explore abroad.

Netherlands: Amsterdam with excursion to Brussels

(7 weeks)

With a long history of trade and colonialism, the Netherlands is your base to observe dominant global power structures. In Amsterdam study social movements around European nationalism, climate justice, and gender, migration and labor rights; analyze how national sovereignty and neoliberalism impact global trade; and witness anti-immigration and integration policies. Take an excursion to Brussels, the capital of the European Union, to learn about the history of the EU and challenges like Brexit that threaten to undermine its unity. Visit the Hague and its numerous international organizations and UN agencies and learn about the nuances of international law and arbitration.

Senegal: Dakar

(8 weeks)

Gain a deep understanding of postcolonial power relations and economic and cultural transformations in Senegal as it adapts to an increasingly globalized world and resists. Study the institutionalization of Pan-Africanism; West Africa’s attempt to achieve greater “collective self-sufficiency”; and Senegal’s leading role in economic and security cooperation in the region. Witness the changing relationships between citizens and the state, and the role youth—especially rap artists—have played in shaping recent political change.

Please note that SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, however, SIT may have to change or cancel programs.



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The following syllabi are representative of this program. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term. The syllabi can be useful for students, faculty, and study abroad offices in assessing credit transfer. Read more about credit transfer.

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Key Topics

  • A history of global governance, including the UN and Bretton Woods
  • How colonialism impacted the Global South and its place in the world
  • Global governance’s benefits and challenges to human security
  • Rising nationalism and alternative governing structures
  • Key consequences of neoliberal policies and identity politics
  • Researching the impact of policies locally, regionally, and globally

Whose Global Governance? Power and Inequality in the International System since 1945

Whose Global Governance? Power and Inequality in the International System since 1945 – syllabus coming soon
(POLI 3005 / 4 credits)

This course will provide an analysis of the system of global governance that has been constructed since the end of World War II, providing the context for understanding current trends toward nationalism and the fragmentation of multilateral institutions. Beginning with an introduction to Wilsonian liberalism, the course will allow students to explore the principles and power structures that led to the formation of the United Nations; the International Financial Institutions (IFIs) including the World Bank, IMF, and WTO; and regional arrangements that emerged (i.e. EU, NATO, ECOWAS, African Union) alongside and in reaction to these global structures. With this historical background, students will be able to better understand contemporary challenges to the system of global governance. The course will explore how the power structures and economic policies of international institutions have contributed to the resurgence of nationalism and identity movements, the rise of new economic powers (BRICS), and the role that regional organizations play in supplementing or subverting global governance. In addition to the study of formal institutions, this course will investigate how the legacy of colonialism has affected the development trajectories of former colonies and their representation in the global architecture. Students who complete the course successfully will develop a nuanced understanding of the successes and failures of the global governance system, the ways in which it perpetuates neocolonialism, and a deeper awareness of the contemporary social, political, and economic challenges that existing institutions have thus far struggled to address.

Globalization and its Consequences: Human Security Challenges in the 21 st Century

Globalization and its Consequences: Human Security Challenges in the 21 st Century – syllabus coming soon
(POLI 3015 / 4 credits)

This course will explore the impacts of and responses to globalization through the lens of human security. The human security paradigm, articulated in the UNDP’s Human Development Report (1994), relocates the referent for understanding security from the nation-state to the individual, from security of territory to security of people, emphasizing that development and security can be most effectively achieved by ensuring “freedom from want” and “freedom from fear.” Applying this conceptual framework, students will analyze contemporary challenges to these objectives arising from globalization, colonial legacies and neocolonialism, and the neoliberal economic system. The focus on human security will allow students to better understand the tensions between contemporary political movements that are, in part, a response to globalization, maintaining a sustained commitment to this paradigm and the roles of actors at the global, state, and local levels. Examples of such tensions that are explored in this course include the rights of political and economic refugees and the rise of anti-immigration movements; addressing growing inequality and youth unemployment in the context of neoliberalism; the rights of vulnerable groups who have been marginalized by their own governments; the resurgence of right-wing politics and authoritarianism alongside the subversion of international institutions; and the challenge of addressing transnational issues such as climate change, global health, and human rights violations as cooperation is increasingly strained at the international level.

Mobilizations, Civil Society, and Global Politics

Mobilizations, Civil Society, and Global Politics – syllabus coming soon
(SOCI 3025 / 4 credits)

This course explores global politics from the bottom up and top down. Drawing on sociology, political anthropology, and political science, including recent scholarship on populism and digital activism, this course examines citizens’ and non-citizens’ responses to (neo)colonialism, global governance, and the neoliberal world order. It examines how “civil society” has and continues to be constituted and how it operates in contemporary Netherlands and Senegal. This course takes a critical approach to citizenship and civil society, exploring how these notions are defined and contested by different parties. Attention will be given to a range of mobilizations, as they intersect with various forms of human interconnectedness, illustrate different degrees of social capital, and emerge out of contexts holding different possibilities and constraints. Understandings of political action will be expanded to include actions people carry out in public space and/or in the “public sphere,” but also forms of agency that are less public or visible, “weapons of the weak” (Scott). Different kinds of mobilizations, from “imagined communities” uniting over social media to protesters taking the streets, will serve as examples to understand the intersections of mobilizations, civil society, and national and global politics in the Netherlands and Senegal.


Fieldwork Ethics and Comparative Research Methods

Fieldwork Ethics and Comparative Research Methods – syllabus coming soon
(ANTH 3500 / 4 credits)

How can fieldwork—which has traditionally been focused on face-to-face interactions—be used and adapted to critically analyze the relations between “macro” and “micro” levels of human experience? How might one study global phenomena, especially global power, from a localized and “bottom-up” perspective? How might comparative case studies highlight the workings of global governance and international relations? This ethics and methods class is a hybrid seminar/practicum in which students engage in critical conversations while performing fieldwork exercises aimed at instilling an ethical approach that is attuned to the complexities of studying phenomena at the intersections of the local and the global, the social and the political, power and resistance. The central fieldwork component of this course is a comparative case study project: a semester-long, small-scale research exercise focused on investigating a theme across country sites.

Homestays / Housing


Students’ accommodations will include a mix of hostels, guesthouses, and small hotels/dorms.

Career Paths

Possible career paths include:

  • International Development

  • Government

  • Political Analysis

  • Conflict Resolution

  • Research

  • Communications

Discover the Possibilities

  • Cost & Scholarships

    SIT Study Abroad is committed to making international education accessible to all students. Scholarship awards generally range from $500 to $5,000 for semester programs and $500 to $3,000 for summer programs. This year, SIT will award more than $1.5 million in scholarships and grants to SIT Study Abroad students.

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