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Security Governance & Conflict Resolution

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 how is security organised in order to improve it and what are effective ways to deal with (violent) conflicts? Discover why Amsterdam is the ideal location to undertake an intensive programme in this branch of political science.

How to apply

Programme at a glance

Academic dates: 14 June - 2 July 2020*
Housing dates: 12 June - 3 July 2020*
Academic fee: € 1700* This includes trips to Brussels, The Hague, and various (inter)national organizations.
Housing fee: € 500 - 650* and € 75 refundable deposit. Housing prices will vary per programme depending on location. 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 relations. For working professionals with a desire to continue their education in this field.
Academic director: Martijn Dekker
Early application deadline: 10 January 2020
Regular application deadline: 15 March 2020

*Applications for summer 2020 open on 1 September 2019.

*Dates and prices are tentative and subject to change. All information for summer 2020 will be finalized by 1 December 2019. Check back regularly for updates. For more information, email


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. While at the University of Amsterdam, participants will hear from experts in a variety of related fields and gain a solid theoretical basis from which to explore these topics. 

Amsterdam - and the Netherlands in general - is the perfect location to dive into security studies. An approachable world city that experts from across the globe call home, Amsterdam is nearby important national and global institutions like the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, and the United Nations IRMCT in The Hague, the site of many programme excursions. Our proximity to Brussels and the supranational bodies there, such as NATO and the European Commission offers a unique chance to complement and problematize the academic content covered in the classroom. These mechanisms and bodies make for an excellent opportunity to examine theory in practice, and critically considering security at a variety of levels, and from differing standpoints. 

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 programme 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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Security Governance & Conflict Resolution
Mode Short-term
Credits 6 ECTS, 3 weeks
Language of instruction English
Starts in June