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Negotiation and Conflict Management - SEM2 (EN)


[UPDATE 11 May 2021]

Disclaimer: due to the coronavirus pandemic, this course description might be subject to changes.

Please note: This course will be offered four times; twice in the first semester in English and twice in the second semester in Dutch and 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 (international, business, and personal) social levels. 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 (international, business, and personal) social levels;

  • learned to analyze different conflict;

  • developed their negotiation skills in simulations;

  • developed their mediation skills in role plays.

Programme: [UPDATE: 11-05-2021]

The sessions will take place online on the following Thursdays (17:30 - 21:00)

Session 1 (Thursday, May 6): General Introduction
Session 2 (Thursday, May 13): Negotiation, Introduction MGA
Session 3 (Thursday, May 20): Simulation Agios
Session 4 (Tuesday, June 1): MGA Mr. Frans Evers
Session 5 (Thursday, June 3): Mediation
Session 6 (Thursday, June 10): Mediationskills Drs. Linda Reijerkerk
Session 7 (Thursday, June 17): International roleplay (online)
Session 8 (Thursday, July 1): International roleplay (live, if possible)

online (update will follow)

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.

Assessment methods:

  • 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. Students can register for the Brightspace page one weeks prior to the start of the course.

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

Registration process:

UPDATE 29-10
Registration will be possible from Monday 9 November 2020 up to and including Thursday 19 November 2020 until 23:59 o'clock through the registration link on the student website of the Honours Academy.

Dr. Wendy Versteeg: