Graduate School of Social Sciences

Programme information

Security Governance & Conflict Resolution

During this course we will look at how thinking and speaking about security has changed over time and how various stakeholders have adopted differing interpretations. We will consider security at various levels, ranging from the international arena to the state and from private security companies to communities and individuals. 

Through the completion of this programme, students will: have a sound understanding of different theories and representations of  a security actor and the field of security; be skilled in critical analysis of the security realm.

Subjects such as international security, new wars, human security, “Responsibility to protect”, development, human rights, national security in a globalising world, private security companies, gated communities, and security initiatives from below will be addressed during the lectures, in addition to various, interesting excursions. Students can expect a full-day visit to the Hague and an overnight visit to Belgium (included in the tuition).

UvA Summer School

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Study Load

The programme schedule from Monday to Thursday includes:

  • morning lecture (2.5 hours)
  • lunch break (1 hour; provided by the University)  
  • afternoon workshop (2.5 hours; includes debates and documentary screenings).
  • On Fridays, participants will go on excursions (participation included in tuition fee).


Two full-day excursions are part of the programme and will illustrate both the Dutch and the EU perspectives toward security and conflict. The exact dates are still tentative, but students can expect a full-day visit to the Hague and an overnight visit to Belgium. Site visits include:

  1. International Criminal Court
  2. Humanity House
  3. Peace Palace


As a Summer Institute student you receive a participation certificate and a transcript with an official seal from the Universiteit van Amsterdam.

Students who wish to earn credits receive an official transcript stating the courses taken, credits earned and grades obtained. The programme is the equivalent of a 6 European Credits (or 3 American credits) module. Students are responsible for ensuring that their home university will accept the credits and final credit conversions need to be made by the home university.

Published by  GSSS Summer Programmes Office

7 December 2016