International Relations 2

Want to deepen your knowledge of international relations? With a practice in development theory through a volunteership with social institutions working to achieve Sustainable Development Goals in the Southeast Asian region? Then International Relations 2 is the right minor for you!

Students are encouraged to find a preferred host organization during IR1 or even earlier with the support of Stenden Thailand team.  Findings on multiculturalism, racial, religious, educational, cultural, economic and linguistic diversity and  the history and development will inform possibilities for solving the existing issues in sectors of health care, modern slavery and human trafficking, education, refugees, aging society, child labor, gender  equality, poverty and more.


Study start

  • February
  • September


  • Thailand


  • English

European credits

  • 15 EC's

Minor type

  • For all bachelor programmes

Subject area

  • Business and Management
  • Hospitality Management

Minor content

Understanding the work of social development organizations and NGOs working to   achieve the sustainable development goals. Students will be participating in solving the refugee, gender, education, environment, and trafficking problems that exist around the world today.  This minor focus on the 7-week volunteership in a local social development organization or project 

There will be a Full-time immersion into a local organization including work life and commute, solution design approach on own chosen global issue. Students will gain professional work experience and insight in on the ground development work as well as learning about policy and diplomacy skills in development issues facing the global south. Language and culture immersion into the lives of beneficiaries and development workers will also be included.  

Structure of the minor

Unit 1: Global Social Development (3 EC) 
The students are able to explain barriers to development in ‘lower income’ countries and their roots, as well as current trends in development theory and practice, addressing the work of social institutions to progress towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Southeast Asian region   

Unit 2: Model United Nations (3 EC)  
Supplemented to skills from IR1, students are able to demonstrate their skills in public speaking, research and writing, negotiation and powers of persuasion, leadership, organization, and interpersonal communication at MUN simulation.   

Unit 3: Volunteership & Solution-design (9 EC)  
During your volunteership experience, you are able to explain the global challenge/theme that your volunteership organization works in, evaluate an organizational problem and design an alternative approach to it.   


  • Unit 1: Student Led Seminar
    Students will create a class, explain the scope, problem and measurement of the problem by using cases and examples to demonstrate how countries and agencies are working together to achieve the goal. Include a status report card for the goal’s indicators and explain how it is measured. Students can use PowerPoint or other tools to present.     
  • Unit 2: Model United Nations 
    Research, Presentation, Protocol and Participation in Model United Nations    
  • Unit 3: Volunteership Report or Solution Design Report 
     Volunteership report should be focused on the issue students have explored and designed a solution to address. The report should also have enough background on the organization and development  sector to for a layperson to understand the scope and importance of student’s work. Solution design report should clearly specify student’s exploration process beginning with questions and ending in proposed solutions. 

Target group

GT minors are open to all students of NHL Stenden.


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