Negotiation and Conflict Management

Course description Negotiation and Conflict Management
Year: 2017-2018
Catalog number: 7600HCNCM
  • W.H. Versteeg
Language: English
Blackboard: Yes
EC: 5
Level: 400
Period: Semester 1 / 2, Block II, III, IV
  • No Elective choice
  • No Contractonderwijs
  • No Exchange
  • No Study Abroad
  • No Evening course
  • No A la Carte
  • Yes Honours Class

Admission requirements

This course is an Honours Class and therefore in principle only available to students of the Honours College. There are a few places available for regular students.


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 will:

  • know about the science and practice of dispute resolution and negotiation on different social levels (international, business and personal);
  • be able to analyze different conflicts and will be able to train and expand your mediation skills.


This course will be offered twice; once in the first semester in English and once in the second semester in Dutch. The 6 lectures will take place in the evening from 17.00 to 21.00. The provisional timetable for the second semester is:

Thursday 28 September 2017
Thursday 12 October 2017
Thursday 19 October 2017
Thursday 9 November 2017
Thursday 23 November 2017
Thursday 7 December 2017


Old Observatory Leiden.

Semester 1:
Thursday 28 September 2017 room A007
Thursday 12 October 2017 room A007
Thursday 19 October 2017 room A007
Thursday 9 November 2017 room A007
Thursday 23 November 2017 room c006
Thursday 7 December 2017 room c006


Session 1: Introduction on conflictmanagement
Session 2: Negotiation and simulation
Session 3: Mutual Gains Approach with guest lectures by mr. F. Evers and prof. L. Susskind (MIT)
Session 4: Mediation (workshop)
Session 5: Mediation (workshop)
Session 6: Roleplay

Course Load

This course is worth 5 EC, which means the total course load equals 140 hours.

Assessment Method

  • 70% Individual assignment of 2000 words
  • 30% Group assignment of 3000 words

Blackboard and uSis

Blackboard will be used in this course. Students can register for the Blackboard site two weeks prior to the start of the course.

Please note: students are not required to register through uSis for the Honours Classes. Your registration will be done centrally.

Reading list

Will be available via Blackboard.


Enrolling in the first semester English version of this course is possible from August 21st until September 6th 23:59 through the Honours Academy, via this link (in the second semester the course is taught in Dutch).


Dr. Wendy Versteeg