Peace and Conflict Studies

Interdisciplinary perspectives on Building Peace and Managing Conflict

Interdisciplinary perspectives on Building Peace and Managing Conflict

This Minor offers students insights into the concepts, causes and consequence of political violence and war, in particular from a broad set of disciplines, including political science, international law, criminology, theology, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, sociology and history. The interdisciplinary character of the minor is apparent in the composition of courses and also on the level of courses: each course is taught in an interdisciplinary manner by staff from two (or more) disciplines, thereby bringing dialogue amongst disciplines into the classroom.

Philosophy and the Ethics of Violence: Peace, War, and Terrorism introduces students to the main philosophical and ethical concepts on violence, war, peace and terrorism. Special attention will be given to religiously motivated violence and the role of religion in peace-building.

Political Violence and the Human Condition provides students with knowledge of the perpetrators and victims of violence. It addresses the reasons why, and the processes through which, people get involved in political violence, and the impact this has on victims.

Conflict and Peace Building: Global and Intersectional Perspectives introduce students to the key concepts and developments of conflict management/transformation, reconciliation and peacemaking in (post-)conflict societies, making special emphasis on the micro-level, i.e. individual dispositions, attitudes and behavior.

The Law and Politics of Fencing the Use of Force introduces students to the changing international rules and regulations on the use of armed force from the perspectives of international law and political science/international relations.

Peace and Conflict: From Theory to Practice introduces students to the practical and ethical challenges faced by practitioners from the field as an important dimension to take into account in approaches to peace and conflict. 

More information about the programme in the Study Guide


  • To enter this minor, you must have earned 90 credits, including 60 of the first year.
  • All VU-students can enter this (university)minor. You do not need permission of the examination board.
  • Wo-bachelor students of another university can enter this minor, depending on whether their own university grants permission.
  • This minor consists of 30 EC. 
  • Hbo-bachelor students can attend courses of the minor as electives.
  • The minor is taught in English and available for exchange students.

Please see the application procedure for more information.

If you have detailed questions about the contents of the programme, please contact the minor programme director Lenneke Sprik

Lenneke Sprik

If you have any questions about the application procedure, please contact the Studentdesk

T +31 20 5985020 (Monday – Friday: 10.30 – 12.30 and 14.00 – 17.00)

Skills for employment market

The ability to:
  • Critically analyze complex global challenges;
  • work in interdisciplinary teams;
  • understand the driving forces of political violence, war and international crimes;
  • design measures of reconciliation and peace-making.

Samenvatting Peace and Conflict Studies




1 semester (30 EC)

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