Re-Imagining Security

Are you fascinated by issues related to security, violence, human rights, international politics, and power, and interested in approaching this in an interdisciplinary way? If so, Utrecht University’s brand-new multi-faculty minor Re-Imagining Security would be an excellent choice for you. It is made up of four courses offered by the Cultural Anthropology Department, Law School, History Department, and Utrecht University College.

This minor is embedded within Institutions for Open Societies (IOS), one of the strategic themes of Utrecht University.


Number of EC30
Number of courses4 compulsory courses
StartPeriod 1
CoordinatorsTessa Diphoorn and Katharine Fortin
Course overviewFour compulsory courses across four faculties – see below
Minor codeSW-CA-MI9
Entry requirementsAs a pilot, this minor is only open to UU students from the participating departments i.e., UCU, Law School, Cultural Anthropology, and History. All students must have completed at least 45 ECTS of their introductory bachelor year.
Associated MA programmesInternational Relations in Historical Perspective
Modern History Master in Cultural History of Modern Europe
Master of Arts in History of Politics and Society
Sustainable Citizenship
Cultural Anthropology: Sociocultural Transformation
International Development Studies
Sociology: Contemporary Social Problems
Conflict and Security track of Public International
Human Rights track of Public International Law
European Criminal Justice in a Global Context LLM
Register between 3 June – 30 JuneRegistration for this minor will be done by registration form. For more information about registering, please see text below under 'Enrolment'

Entrance requirements

Only students who are enrolled at Utrecht University and have completed the first bachelor year will be admitted to this minor. This translates into having completed at least 45 ECTS at Bachelor level.


IMPORTANT: This minor will be offered as a pilot in the academic year 2023-2024 with a maximum enrolment of 25 students. It is therefore only open to UU students from the participating departments i.e., Cultural Anthropology, Law School, UCU, and History.

The courses offered by Cultural Anthropology, namely ‘Politicising Security in Anthropology’ (202300021), and that by UCU, namely ‘Decolonising Security: The Global Cold War’ (UCHUMHIS28) are only open for students following the minor. The other two courses, namely ‘Contesting Security in International Law’ (RGBUIER023) and ‘Historicising Security – in Europe and Beyond’ (GE2V23003), are open for enrolment for other students as an elective.

Once you have registered for the minor, it is important to also enrol for those courses via Osiris. The deadline to register for the law course is June 25. As the history course is in period 4, you can register for that course at the end of October.

To register for the minor, you must fill in the registration form in the registration period between June 3-June 30. Selection will occur on a first come, first serve basis per discipline. You will be notified whether you have been accepted to the minor soon after the registration period.

Once you have been accepted into the minor:

  1. you will automatically be enrolled into the Cultural Anthropology course, ‘Politicising Security’(202300021) (period 1), and the UCU, namely ‘Decolonising Security: The Global Cold War’ (UCHUMHIS28).
  2. You will have to enrol separately through Osiris for the law course in period 2, ‘Contesting Security in International Law’ (RGBUIER023), and for the history course in period 4, ‘Historicising Security – in Europe and Beyond’ (GE2V23003).

More information

Would you like to know more? For more information, please contact Tessa Diphoorn ( or Katharine Fortin (