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Peacebuilding after conflict


Admission requirements

Completion of a prior bachelor level course in international politics, international law or international organizations is strongly recommanded.
The course is only available for students of the MSc Public Administration.


Causes of war and civil war as well as other forms of contemporary political violence; methods and means to achieve peace; roles of international organizations; actions required to build institutions for peaceful settlement of conflicts, encouragement of the rule of law, protection of human rights and building democracy.

Course objectives

To better understand conflicts and political and military interventions; prevention of violence, and encouragement of human rights, rule of law and democracy.



Mode of instruction

After about 8 hours of class instruction, students will write individual research papers of 8-10 pp. They present these in class, and make an exam on the material on Blackboard.

Assessment method

Final grade is the average of the oral presentation, the term paper and the exam.

You can find more information about assessments and the timetable exams on the website.
Details for submitting papers (deadlines) are posted on Blackboard.
On the Public Administration front page of the E-guide you will find links to the website, uSis and Blackboard.

Students will be permitted to resit an examination if they have taken the first sit and have a mark lower than 5.5 or with permission of the Board of Examiners.

Resit written exam
Students that want to take part in a resit for a written exam, are required to register via uSis. Use the activity number that can be found on the ‘timetable exams’.


Reading list will be on Blackboard

Reading list

Joris Voorhoeve, From War to the Rule of Law, Amsterdam University Press, 2007, and readings on Blackboard, together about 800 pp.


Use both uSis and Blackboard to register for every course.
Register for every course and workgroup via uSis. Some courses and workgroups have a limited number of participants, so register on time (before the course starts). In uSis you can access your personal schedule and view your results. Registration in uSis is possible from four weeks before the start of the course.
Also register for every course in Blackboard. Important information about the course is posted here.


Vasileios Karakasis


A maximum of 20 participants