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Minor Violence


What is the origin of violent behavior? Why do people, groups, or states commit violent offenses? What are characteristics and explanations of violent behavior? How can we study and understand violence? This minor offers an interdisciplinary set of courses about various forms of violence, ranging from the interpersonal level, the group level to the level of states and social structures.


Course overview

The minor Violence consists of 5 courses:

  • Introduction: Setting the stage for the study on violence 6 EC 
  • Violence 1: Interpersonal violence 6 EC
  • Violence 2: Group violence 6 EC 
  • Violence 3: Structural violence 6 EC
  • The Violence Project 6 EC
Lecturers of the Minor Violence: Eveline van Vugt, Patty Leijten, Don Weenink, Erella Grassiani, Laurens Bakker and Machteld Hoeve (left to right).

Entry requirements

  • You can register for the minor Violence if you have finished the first year of your university bachelor or if you have finished the first two years in your HBO degree programme (Dutch higher education with an applied emphasis).
  • The first course Introduction: Setting the stage for the study on violence is open to all students; students can follow this course without following the remaining courses of the minor.
  • Only a limited number of students, 30 in total, will be able to follow the complete minor. Students who register for all courses in the minor have to follow the first course and make the exam, before they are able to enrol in the other courses of the minor.

Additional information

The minor Violence has a workload of 30 ECTS and starts in September. All five courses of the minor are offered in the first semester. The minor is taught in English.

Importance of the interdisciplinary orientation

The appearances, types, and impact of violence in social interactions are complex and far-reaching. In this minor we bring together a diverse array of disciplinary approaches and theories to help students study this complexity and to help them reflect critically on the roles of violence in human life. The multidisciplinary character of the minor will present students with approaches they will not encounter while enrolled in a monodisciplinary program and, as such, will challenge them to think across disciplinary borders and ideas.

The minor is formed around a nucleus of lecturers from sociology, anthropology, development studies and child development, with a few guest lectures from other disciplines. Throughout the minor’s courses – the introductory course, followed by Violence 1, 2 and 3 - these disciplinary perspectives and their differences, overlaps and connections continuously come to the fore. The final course of the minor, the “Violence Project”, sees students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds working together in teams in research projects. Demonstrated (successful) usage of multidisciplinarity will be an important criterion in the grading of the project’s end result.

Key information

Studielast 30 ECTS EC, 1 semester
Voertaal Engels
Start September