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In the academic year 2023-2024 the SRS interdisciplinary programme will offer four courses for interested students who are entering the third year of their Bachelor's degree. You can sign up for these courses in your elective (minor) space. You can follow the courses individually as an elective, or altogether as the minor Violence Studies. The courses are available to students from a wide range of faculties. Below, you will find information on each of the courses. Sign-up will open on the 11th of July 2023!

Course 8910V001: Victims and Offenders of Violence (10 EC)

You will learn how we can explain violent victimization and offending: Who are these victims? And why did they become victimized? And: who are these offenders, how did they become offenders, and how can we best respond to violent offending?

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Course 6478RTVY: Resilience to Violence (5 EC)

You will learn about the impact of violence on resilience later in life. What are the psychological effects of exposure to violence? How can we increase resilience after exposure to violence?

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Course 8910V002: Collective Violence (10 EC)

Group violence is an issue that we come across again and again in current affairs, ranging from gang violence, to riots and hate crimes. Given its destructive nature, people often find collective violence difficult to understand. Why would a person join a violent group? How do groups that are normally non-violent become involved in violence?

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Course 6478VBY: Violence and the Brain (5 EC)

This course will explore the complex neurobiology of violence, and take a whirlwind tour of the multifaceted factors and mechanisms that underlie interpersonal violence. Why do some parents abuse their children? What makes teenage gang members act out aggressively against others? What drives people to murder others? Is it nurture, or nature that ultimately determines such violent behaviors?

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