Political Culture and National Identities

The MA Political Culture and National Identities views political and national identity of a number of European countries (circa 1800-2010) from an international perspective.

Programme information

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The specialisation distances itself from a specifically nationalistic approach, which has long dominated national history writing, and attempts to explain how and why specific cultures develop in different countries through a comparative approach. An important additional methodological tool lies in the exploration of the connections between the developments in different countries, with a special focus on ‘cultural transfer’, the adoption of examples from other countries and the inspiration they engender.

The specialisation explores this innovative comparative perspective by first acquainting students with the concepts of political culture and national identity through an in-depth analysis of a number of internationally renowned studies on this subject. Students can then apply these concepts and methods within the framework of a broad theme and eventually develop their own study through an individually chosen subject. Central in this is the use of primary sources, not just through those widely available in Leiden and other Dutch archives, but also by studying material in other countries and on the web. The Master specialisation Political Culture and National Identities thus provides students with a set of analytical tools which enable them a greater understanding of the workings of politics and cultural developments in a historical context.


Timetables and calendar

Prospectus: programme overview and course descriptions

The Prospectus contains overviews and course details for all programmes in the Faculty of Humanities (and other faculties). The information in the Prospectus is updated annually, in June. Please consult the Political Culture and National Identities section of the Prospectus for more information.

Application, enrollment and examinations

  • To enroll in a specific course or examination, use the Study administration system uSis.
  • This website is intended for students who are already enrolled in the programme. Prospective students looking for application information should consult unileidenmasters.nl.

Study advice

Every department (or degree programme) has a Co-ordinator of Studies (studiecoördinator). The Co-ordinator of Studies knows all the ins and outs of the programme and can help with any problems. Typical subjects to discuss with the Co-ordinator of Studies are: student progress (and delay) and exam regulations.

Graduation procedures

MA students who are ready to apply for their graduation should follow the graduation procedure. See the graduation website for more information about this procedure, the MA thesis, and how to deregister from Leiden University after graduation.

Teaching and Examination Regulations and Faculty Regulations

All the rights and obligations of students in the Humanities faculty are set out in regulations. The most important of these are indicated below. (The list is not exhaustive; more documentation on regulations may appear here in the future.)

  • Teaching and Examination Regulations state the contents of your programme and the specialisations within the programme.
  • Registration for lectures, tutorials and tests is obligatory: see the uSis registration procedure.
  • The Student Charter informs students about what they can expect from the University and what the University expects from them.
  • Regulations on plagiarism are in place, to counter any instances of malpractice. These regulations provide advice on how to use sources and citations.

Boards, committees, and co-participation

Students within the Faculty of Humanities, are represented in the following boards and committees:

  • the Departmental Teaching Committee
  • the Departmental or Institute Administration or Institute Board
  • the Faculty Council
  • the Faculty Board

Another committee that is relevant to your studies, but in which students are not represented, is the Board of Examiners.

Contact and staff History

Last Modified: 01-12-2016