Academics

Classroom in Leiden

During the spring semester program, students will earn a total of 16 credits and will enroll in the following courses: 

1) The Spirit of International Law (equivalent to IGS/LGLS 180a)

Taught by faculty from Leiden University. Appears on the Leiden University Transcript and will not count towards a student's GPA as this will come from sage transfer credit.

A basic survey of international law, its aims, and its applications. This course introduces core legal principles and institutions for advancing peace, justice, and human rights.  It incorporates visits to international tribunals and informal meetings with judges and other court personnel.  Group and individual projects encourage students to explore social, cultural, political, and economic factors shaping global justice, along with the impact of legal values on nations, regions, and communities.   Accepted for elective credit in IGS, LGLS, POL.

2) IGS/LGLS 128b  Networks of Global Justice

Taught by Professor Richard Gaskins. Appears on the Brandeis University Transcript and will count towards a student's GPA.

This parallel course provides a comparative perspective on justice issues: the status of fundamental rights across regional, national, and international systems; contrasting cultural approaches to dispute settlement; conflicts among modes of justice within local and regional forms of governance.  The concrete problems considered will be influenced by issues under current consideration by Hague tribunals and research centers.  The course encourages individual research on problems related to the student’s major or minor (e.g. environmental justice, social rights, gender equity) or on diverse geographic areas (e.g. regional area studies, European Union or other governance regions).  Accepted for elective credit in LGLS and IGS, and approved as a cross-listed course in Politics.

3) Practicum (IGS/LGLS 89)

Taught by Professor Gaskins with the assistance of faculty from Leiden University.  Appears on the Brandeis University Transcript and will count towards a student's GPA.

The practicum is a central academic component that will foster a full immersion experience in living and studying abroad.  As part of the practicum, students will be able to enroll in an independent study or academic internship, provided availability at local institutions. 

The internship site is arranged by Brandeis faculty, drawing on the legal and policy networks found in The Hague.  Internships are supervised by Brandeis faculty with the assistance of local partners and on-site mentors.  The internship experience is anchored in a group seminar, with opportunities for group field visits.  Where arrangements can be made with the student’s major or minor advisor, the internship may be designed to emphasize methods and skills appropriate to that field. The internship will be accepted for credit as IGS89a, LGLS89a, or (where approved) for internship credit within the student’s major or minor department. 

The independent study is designed to give students freedom to work with an instructor and course material in a way that suites their academic interests. This option provides students with the training and supervision necessary for independent field research on a project of their own choosing. Students will delve deeply into a topic of their interest and learn skills that they can use for the rest of your life. The independent study will be accepted for credit as LGLS 98a, IGS 98a, or (where approved) for credit within the student’s major or minor department.

4) Direct enrollment course at Leiden University

Taught by faculty from Leiden University. Appears on the Leiden University Transcript and will not count towards a student's GPA as this will come from sage transfer credit. 

Students will elect a fourth course, from an approved list of standard course offerings at Leiden University. The course options will be diverse and may include subject areas such as politics, legal studies and governance, religious studies, European studies and more. The exact course offerings will be announced shortly.  

Leiden University offers a broad selection of courses in English each semester.  With advance planning, students may choose (1) a Leiden course that complements the courses described above, (2) a course relevant to the student’s major or minor, or (3) a course that meets a general Brandeis University requirement.

Note: Students will register for courses in the fall semester, unlike the regular study abroad course approval process. Accepted students will receive more details about the registration process in the fall.