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Negotiation and Conflict Management (EN) - SEM 1


UPDATE 28-9-2022: Please see the course schedule for changes

Disclaimer: due to the coronavirus pandemic, this course description might be subject to changes. For the latest updates regarding corona virus, please check this link.

Please note: This course will be offered four times in this study year, in each semester one in English and one in Dutch.

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:

The 7 sessions of this hybrid class will take place from 17.15 - 21.00 on the following Thursdays:

Session 1: September 29 (live) Kamerlingh Onnes building, room C022
Introduction on conflict management

Session 2: October 6 (online)
Negotiation and introduction on Mutual Gains Approach

Session 3: October 13 (online)
Mutual Gains Approach with guest lectures by mr. F. Evers and prof. L. Susskind (MIT)

Session 4: October 20 (live) Kamerlingh Onnes building, room C022
Negotiation simulation

Session 5: November 10 (online)
Mediation (workshop)

Session 6: November 17 (live) Lipsius building, rooms 201 and 202
Mediation (workshop) with guest lecturer Linda Reijerkerk

Session 7: November 24 (live) Lispius building, rooms 201, 202, 203, 205, 206, 207 &208
International Roleplay

Deadline final assignment: TBA

Kamerlingh Onnes building, room C022 and Lipsius building rooms 201, 202, 206, 207, 212, 224, 227.

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 15 August 2022 up to and including Thursday 1 September 2022 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: