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The Impact of Global Transformations on Violence


Admission requirements

This course is only available to Honours students. There is a maximum capacity of 26 students.


Recent world-scale developments have intensified existing forms of violence, or created new ones. For instance, lockdown measures adopted by governments to manage the Covid-19 pandemic have frequently resulted in increased levels of domestic violence, and have caused violent street protests in some countries. In addition, climate change has given rise to a new category of migrants – the so-called climate migrants – who must flee their homes as their lands become inhospitable or even uninhabitable; these migrants, in turn, are particularly susceptible to violence. However, not only negatively charged global transformations give rise to violence: think for example of the increased use of digital technologies, which has brought many advantages in our daily lives, but has also created new phenomena such as cyberviolence or cyberstalking – which, albeit originating in a virtual environment, often have very serious real-life consequences.

By adopting a seminar format, this course explores which violence-related challenges arise from global transformations, and invites students to reflect on the adequacy of the current governance system in addressing these challenges. It starts with an overview of key concepts such as violence, global transformations, and governance, to then delve into specific case studies. It includes one guest lecture by a practitioner involved in anti-violence governance and a training session in preparation of the final assignments.

Course objectives

  • To gain knowledge on global transformations and the governance of the ensuing violence-related challenges

  • To conduct independent research and engage in critical reflection on relevant case studies

  • To develop students’ skills in academic discussion, policy brief writing, and presentation skills in professional settings

Research – Analyse – problem solving – project work – cooperation – communicate verbal – communicate in writing – presenting


On the right side of the programme front page of the studyguide you will find links to the website and timetables, uSis and Brightspace.

Mode of instruction

This course is worth 5 ECTS (140 hours).

Contact hours: 14
Self-study including assignments: 126

Assessment method

Students will be assessed on the basis of:

  • Individual discussion paper: 30% of the final grade

  • Consultancy presentation (student teams): 20% of the final grade

  • Consultancy report (student teams): 50% of the final grade

Each component should receive a sufficient grade in order for students to pass the course.

Reading list

Literature will be announced on Brightspace.


Brightspace will be used in this course. Registration through uSis will be done centrally.
HC GGA coordinator/administration will take care of enrolment.


Teacher: Dr. V. Carraro

Coordinator: Drs. A.J.E. Righolt


  • The skills students will learn: understand current world-scale developments and ensuing challenges; critically reflect upon ways to tackle such challenges; in-class discussions; independent research; policy brief writing; presentation skills.

  • The scientific and/or societal topics that are covered: global transformations, global and regional governance, violence, human rights.

  • Which disciplines are covered: international relations, law, policymaking.