nl en

Negotiation and Conflict Management SEM 1 (EN)


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 thrice; twice in the first semester in English and in Dutch, and once in the second semester in 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 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:

There will be 7 hybrid sessions on Thursdays from 17:15-21:00.

Session 1: October 7 (online)
Introduction on conflict management

Session 2: October 21 (online)
Negotiation and introduction on Mutual Gains Approach

Session 3: October 28 (live) Old Observatory, room B006
Mutual Gains Approach with guest lectures by mr. F. Evers and prof. L. Susskind (MIT)

Session 4: November 4 (online)
Negotiation simulation

Session 5: November 11 (online)
Mediation (workshop)

Session 6: November 18 (live) Old Observatory, room A007
Mediation (workshop) with guest lecturer Linda Reijerkerk

Session 7: November 25 (live) Old Observatory, room A007, A006, C002, C004, C104
International Roleplay

Deadline final assignment: January 17, 2022

This hybrid course will mainly take place online with some live sessions at the Old Observatory.

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 16 August 2021 up to and including Thursday 2 September 2021 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: