Netherlands, Amsterdam

Security Governance & Conflict Resolution | GSSS

when 19 June 2016 - 7 July 2016
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 ECTS
fee EUR 1525

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?
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.
Topics that will be discussed include international security, new wars, human security, “Responsibility to Protect”, human rights, national security in a globalising world, cyber security, private security companies, gated communities, and citizens’ initiatives in war situations.
In addition to the regular lectures by academic director dr. Martijn Dekker, several guest lectures of prominent experts in the field will be organised, as well as a number of excursions, including visits to Brussels, The Hague and various interesting sites in and around the vibrant city of Amsterdam.

>> contact the GSSS Summer Programmes Office for more information: +31 (0)20 525 3776, e-mail:, Skype: summer-gsss-uva <<

Course leader

Dr Martijn Dekker is a political anthropologist, specialised in human security from below: how people confronted with armed conflict try to improve their own security.
His research interests include self-organised security initiatives in war situations,

Target group

Applicants for this summer course must be at least undergraduate (Bachelor) students entering their 3rd or 4th year. A minimum of a 2.75 GPA is required.
Students from any major are welcome to apply but at least one class in the social sciences is required. A general interest in the social sciences and an open mind are necessary.
Graduate students and professionals are also encouraged to apply.

Course aim

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!).

Credits info

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.

Fee info

EUR 1525: Application fee €25, waived if submitted before 1 February, 2016
Tuition fee includes:
Trip to Belgium including hotel
Excursion to The Hague
public transportation card
Access to course materials on Blackboard
All site visits
Lunch on class days
Welcome drinks and Farewell lunch
Transcript from the UvA
The tuition fee does not include travel to and from Amsterdam nor housing.
EUR 525: Housing fee


U21/LERU Partial Scholarship
If your university is a member of the Universitas 21 network and/orLERU network then you may be eligible for a partial scholarship of €500. You must also be a current student at that university when you apply for the summer

Register for this course
on course website