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Negotiation and Conflict Management - SEM 2 (EN)


UPDATE 6 december 2021: Wegens grote interesse, twee groepen zijn gecreëerd voor deze class in het tweede semester.

Disclaimer: in verband met de coronavirus pandemie is deze cursusbeschrijving onder voorbehoud.

Let op: Het vak zal vier keer worden aangeboden: tweemaal in het eerste semester in het Engels en het Nederlands, en twee keer in het tweede semester in het Engels.

Please note: This course will be offered four time; twice in the first semester in English and in Dutch, and twice in the second semester in English.

Disciplines: Law, Public Administration, Psychology, Sociology.
Skills: Negotiation, conflict management, cooperation, dispute resolution, analysing conflicts.

Admission requirements:

This course is an (extracurricular) Honours Class: an elective course within the Honours College programme. Third year students who don’t participate in the Honours College, have the opportunity to apply for a Bachelor Honours Class. Students will be selected based on i.a. their motivation and average grade.


A society without conflicts is an Utopia! Every day you are introduced to small or complex disputes on different social levels in the world. Conflicts and the way we deal with them play an important part of our personal and professional life. Not only our personal skills are important in dealing with these complex situations. Also understanding of the development of the process and recognition of other aspects which play an important role in solving difficult disagreements will help you to achieve better results.

This Honours Class will introduce you in the science and practice of dispute resolution and negotiation on different social levels (international, business, and personal). You will learn to analyse different conflicts and will be able to train and expand your skills.

Course objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, students have:

  • Gained insight in theories on conflict management, negotiation (MGA), and mediation;

  • Learned about the science and practice of dispute resolution and negotiation on different social levels (international, business, and personal);

  • Learned to analyze different conflict;

  • Developed their negotiation skills in simulations;

  • Developed their mediation skills in role plays.

Programme and timetable:

There will be 7 hybrid sessions on Tuesdays (Group 1) and Thursdays (Group 2) from 17.15 - 21.00. Note: information about live/ online might be changed.

Schedule GROUP 1 on Tuesdays (17.15 - 21.00)

Session 1: February 15, 2022 (live or online)

Session 2: February 22, 2022 (online)

Session 3: March 1, 2022 (live, with guest lecturer Linda Reijerkerk)

Session 4: March 22, 2022 (online)

Session 5: March 29, 2022 (online)

Session 6: April 5 or April 7, 2022 (with guest lectures by mr. F. Evers and prof. L. Susskind)

Session 7: April 12 2022 (live)

Schedule GROUP 2 on Thursdays (17.15 - 21.00)

Session 1: February 17, 2022 (online or live, Old Observatory, room A007)

Session 2: February 24, 2022 (online)

Session 3: March 3, 2022 (live, Old Observatory, room A007 with guest lecturer Linda Reijerkerk)

Session 4: March 17, 2022 (online)

Session 5: March 24, 2022 (online)

Session 6: March 31, 2022 (spare)

Session 7: April 7, 2022 (live, Old Observatory, room A007 with guest lectures by mr. F. Evers and prof. L. Susskind)

Session 8: April 12 or April 14, 2022 (live or online)

Online and live at the Old Observatory, room A007

Reading list:

  • “Good for You and Great for me” by Lawrence Susskind (mandatory literature)

Other possible literature will be announced in class or via Brightspace.

Course load and teaching method:

This course is worth 5 ECTS, which means the total course load equals 140 hours:

  • TBD

Assessment methods:

The assessment methods will look as follows:

  • 70% individual assignment of 2000 words;

  • 30% group assignment of 3000 words.

Students can only pass this course after successful completion of all partial exams.

Brightspace and uSis:

Brightspace will be used in this course. Upon admission students will be enrolled in Brightspace by the teaching administration.

Please note: students are not required to register through uSis for the Bachelor Honours Classes. Your registration will be done centrally.

Registration process:

Submitting an application for this course is possible from Monday 1 November 2021 up to and including Thursday 11 November 2021 23:59 through the link on the Honours Academy student website.

Note: students don’t have to register for the Bachelor Honours Classes in uSis. The registration is done centrally before the start of the class.


Dr. Wendy Versteeg: