Graduate School of Social Sciences

Security Governance & Conflict Resolution

The word ‘security’ is omnipresent in media, politics and daily conversations. But what does it actually mean? What makes one feel secure? And, more importantly, how is security organised in order to improve it and what are effective ways to deal with (violent) conflicts? In other words, in what ways is security governed?

Programme at a glance

Academic dates: 16 June - 4 July 2019
Housing dates: 14 June - 5 July 2019
Academic fee: € 1650 This includes trips to Brussels, The Hague, and various (inter)national organizations.
Housing fee: € 500 and € 75 deposit. For more information, see Housing and practical matters
Credits: 6 European Credits
Who is this programme for? For current university students (Bachelors and Masters) in the arts and social sciences with an interest in political science and international relatinos. For working professionals with a desire to continue their education in this field.
Academic director: Martijn Dekker
Early application deadline: 10 January 2019
Regular application deadline: 15 March 2019


Programme description?

This three-week programme will give students an in-depth look into the ways in which thinking and speaking about security have changed over time, and how stakeholders on various levels deal with conflicts and security, ranging from the international arena to the state and from private security companies to communities and individuals.

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).

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, as well as an overnight trip to Brussels (participation included in tuition fee).

Credit Transfer

As a Summer Institute student you receive a participation certificate 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. If you have questions about credit transfer, or need more information on the programme for your home university's administration, please email us at


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