Politics is about shaping society: about ideals and action, conflict and power. The Political Sciences programme aims to train students to look at politics in a certain way, so that they can understand politics. We attempt to identify patterns and recurrences in (what appears to be) the chaos of everyday politics.
At the University of Antwerp, we study all levels of politics: local (Antwerp), regional (Flanders), national (Belgium), international (the European Union) and global (multilateral organisations). In addition to acquiring a solid scientific base and knowledge of methodology, the students also develop skills such as critical reading and writing, drawing up reports, negotiating, debating skills and much more.
We pay special attention to the quality of the education we provide, as is clear from the positive external reviews we have received from the NAVO (Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders), for example. Our lecturers and assistants invest time and energy in the lectures, seminars, debates and guidance they provide to their students, but this is not the only way we ensure quality in education. In addition, we welcome international guest lecturers regularly, thanks to initiatives such as the Erasmus Programme, invite practitioners to test our scientific knowledge in real contexts, and support our students with student assistants during intensive reading seminars.
The Department of Political Sciences offers the following programmes: