Educational services offered by UPEACE The Hague in 2016-2017



In the academic year 2016-2017 UPEACE The Hague contributes to the educational curriculum of

  • the International Public Management Programme
  • the Social Work Programme
  • the European Studies Programme

of The Hague University of Applied Sciences.

Its 1st and 2nd year bachelor students are offered a variety of research based courses in Peace and Conflict Studies:

Transforming War Economies (2nd year course, part of the International Public Management Programme)

29 August 2016 – 11 November 2016


Course ConvenorDr. Rens C. Willems


Actors in civil wars rely heavily on various means of war-related income, drawn for example from oil, diamonds, drug and human trafficking, or prostitution. This dependency greatly affects the economies of societies that are ridden by civil war. In facing war economies policymakers have to deal with a great number of challenges, if only because financing often connects to human rights abuse and global trade. This course studies the relevant policy areas and policy options in order to understand and transform war economies. What policy efforts have been developed to limit or regulate the trade in conflict commodities?


Conflict and Human Rights (Seminar series as part of the minor Human Rights and Social Work)

14 November 2016 – 3 February 2017


Course ConvenorDr. Rens C. Willems


Seminar series in the minor Human Rights and Social Work of the Faculty of Social Work and Education. Under the guidance of the lecturer small groups of students analyze a conflict of their choosing. The analysis of the conflict is guided by a set of ‘lenses’ that have to be applied, meaning students have to investigate the conflict by focusing on a number of particular perspectives or topics, including causes of the conflict, consequences of the conflict, violent extremism, peace negotiations, peacebuilding and statebuilding, transitional justice and reconciliation.


EU Studies Winter School

23 January 2017 – 3 February 2017


Course ConvenorsDr. Rens C. Willems and Nika Salvetti


A Winter School is organised by the European Studies department of The Hague University of Applied Sciences and the University for Peace in The Hague. The participants discussed pertinent issues such as how conflicts can be prevented, how people cope with the consequences of conflicts and why businesses invest in conflict areas and fragile states. The programme is divided in two weeks and students join one or both weeks. Students will receive a number of lectures, go on field trips, engage in panel discussions and work on a challenging group assignment.


Civil War and Conflict Studies (1st year course, part of the International Public Management Programme)

6 February 2017 – 21 April 2017


Course ConvenorsDr. Rens C. Willems and Arjun Swami Persaud


The course offers a general introduction to civil war and peacebuilding. It looks at questions like: what is a conflict or civil war, what causes civil wars, and what are the dynamics of civil wars? Questions like those are the subject of much debate in conflict studies. Factors that are generally taken to characterise the 'new wars' are mostly seen as different from traditional warfare, including the involvement of non-state armed actors and rebel groups, new forms of financing, and the deliberate targeting of civilians. This course takes up the main challenges of studying civil war and contemporary conflict trends, with a particular focus on the onset, severity and termination of civil war.



Human Rights Law and Conflict Resolution (1st year course, part of the International Public

Management Programme)

24 April 2017 – 30 July 2017


Course Convenor:  Arjun Swami Persaud


Human rights violations are both a cause and a consequence of conflict. This course on human rights law and conflict resolution therefore takes a closer look at the linkages between human rights and conflict. It will introduce the key concepts and main institutions and actors with regard to human rights, human rights law and humanitarian law in the context of conflict zones. What are human rights, and how did we ‘get’ them? The course also looks into the politics of human rights, as well as the different legal and policy approaches for human rights in zones of conflict.


Peace Agreements and Negotiations (2nd year course, part of  the International Public Management Programme)

24 April 2017 – 30 July 2017


Course ConvenorDr. Rens C. Willems


A number of civil wars end with a signed peace agreement as the main result of negotiations. However, peace agreements may break down before the key provisions are implemented. In addition, problems will usually arise after the formal signing. Moreover, the implementation of peace agreements is difficult. Such developments are often followed by recurrence of the conflict. This course looks at some of the biggest challenges of peace agreements, the reasons for failure and on the other hand the conditions, which can lead to ways of positive peace(s) and to societies living in peace. This course advances students’ knowledge and understanding of concepts, theories, analytical tools, methods, and datasets in this area. Students will develop a set of their own hypotheses on the fragility of peace agreements.


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