Please note! All courses of this minor have selected entry, with a limited registration period. You must register for both the minor programme and the courses. For more information please see the end of this page.
Goal of the minor
What is the relationship between nationalist sentiment and violence in Ukraine? How can we explain ISIS’s capacity to mobilize large numbers of people towards violent action? How was the international intervention in Libya legitimized and what were its consequences? What are the main challenges to achieving reconciliation in post war Bosnia?
This minor program will improve your understanding of contemporary violent conflicts around the world and your ability to make an analysis of violent conflict and interventions addressing these conflicts. The minor Conflict Studies has a strong multidisciplinary profile. It aims explicitly to combine the study of theoretical issues with the investigation of case study material from contemporary conflicts around the world. Conflict Studies both examines the local dynamics of conflict (state collapse, the role of political elites, nationalist myth-making, transitions to democracy, governance, ethnicity, identity) and the problems related to international interventions (e.g. by the UN, NATO) directed at the resolution of conflicts and post-conflict reconstruction, and, more recently, in relation to the War on Terror.
The minor programme is taught by staff of the Centre for Conflict Studies (combining disciplinary backgrounds from political science, anthropology, non-western sociology and social psychology). The CCS staff brings to the classroom a degree of competence that combines a thorough understanding of the relevant theoretical ideas and academic debates with first-hand local fieldwork research experience and policy practice in such different countries as El Salvador, Peru, southern Mexico, Kosovo, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Uganda, Afghanistan.
The minor programme has proven to be of great value for a wide range of students that major in such different disciplines as History, IR, Political Science, Anthropology, International Law, or Development Studies. The minor is taught in English and a substantial amount of places is reserved for external and exchange students. We encourage students from different national and academic backgrounds to work together in assignments, papers and presentations. We use feedback from students to continually improve our courses.
'I enjoyed how current relevant events are discussed during the 'werkgroup' and put into context. This shows how we can use the material and apply it to what is happening in today's world.' (student evaluation)
'Wat ik erg sterk vond was het gemak waarmee recente gebeurtenissen gekoppeld werden aan de literatuur en concepten. Hiermee doel ik op de gebeurtenissen in Parijs, maar ook op de IS.' (student evaluation)'
'I loved that we learned through documentaries and films, it makes it easier to remember things.' (student evaluation)
If you follow the minor Conflict Studies you will explore theories pertaining to conflict causes, to local dynamics of conflict, and the political processes and wider dynamics brought about by international interventions aimed at conflict management and post-conflict reconstruction.
Every course module is meant to train you to:
- appreciate and understand how to use theoretical convergences across disciplinary and paradigmatic lines
- to apply this knowledge (particularly the specialized terminology of concepts, and interrelated theoretical frames) when analyzing and accounting for intricate and complex processes found in individual cases of conflict from around the world
You will be taught to view and treat the individual courses in this minor as integral pieces of an otherwise interconnected analytical and theoretical whole. Seeing the minor study programme in this way will equip you with the skills to analyse complex phenomena in systematic ways, including those ‘closer to home’ and of a less protracted violent nature as well. The course modules include lectures, readings, documentary screenings, individual or group assignments and debate. It is envisaged that you will follow the news on ongoing conflicts so as to be able to apply the course knowledge to current affairs. The courses will be of an interactive nature and you are encouraged to raise questions, promote debate, offer criticisms and contribute to the course contents.
Students who are interested in the subjects addressed in the minor Conflict Studies and who want to deepen their knowledge in the field of conflict studies can apply for the Master’s programme Conflict Studies and Human Rights, for which this minor provides an excellent preparation and is strongly recommended.
The minor Conflict Studies consists of four compulsory course modules (30 EC) and starts in term 1. For more information, see the detailed descriptions of each of the courses below.
To take the minor Conflict Studies you have to have at least 45 EC at Bachelor level. There may be specific entry requirements for some of the course modules in the minor. Please refer to the description of the course modules in the University's Course Catalogue.
- Students taking Verdiepingspakket/ Specialization V7 (Conflict, geweld en veiligheid/Conflict, Violence and Security) are not permitted to also do/complete the minor Conflict Studies.
- All courses have selected entry, with a limited registration period.
- Students that choose to take the minor (and that have registered) get priority access. Nevertheless it can't be guaranteed that all minor students will be selected due to registration overflows for separate courses.
- A substantial amount of places per course is reserved for foreign and external (Dutch) students.
Application and registration
How to register for this minor and its course modules, depends on whether you are a student of Utrecht University or not.
Utrecht University students can register for a minor and the individual modules online via OSIRIS during the Faculty of Humanities course registration period. You must register for both the minor itself and each course module individually.
Courses with Selected Entry
If you wish to register for a course with selected entry (selection committee), you must register for the minor and the individual course modules during the first week of the course registration period. An overview of courses with selected entry will be available on the website one week prior to the course registration period.
REGISTRATION STUDY RESULTS
Once you have completed the course modules, provided that you were enrolled for both the minor itself and each course module individually in OSIRIS, the minor and study results will be listed on your Study Progress Review.
Deviation standard programme
If you wish to deviate from the standard minor programme, you must request approval from the Board of Examiners of the Bachelor's programme that offers the minor.
Students from other Universities can register for the minor and each course module using the digital registration form (doc, only in Dutch) during the Faculty of Humanities course registration period. Please send the form -preferably via email- to the Student Desk Humanities.
Courses with Selected Entry
If you wish to register for a course with selected entry (selection committee), you must register for the course and the individual course modules during the first week of the course registration period. An overview of courses with selected entry will be available on the website one week prior to the course registration period.
Once you have completed the course modules with as passing result, you can apply for a list of grades (transcript) of the minor programme at the Student Desk Humanities.