Core Courses

Risk and Leadership in Societal and Technological Contexts

This course focuses on the many facets of leadership, risk communication, and crises, in a social and technological context. You will apply your knowledge to real-world case studies, for example, a political scandal: what would you have done differently? How could you have reduced damage? What can the crisis be explained with the help of psychological processes? Based on a number of recent crises, you will become familiar with leadership and risk communication theories that might provide an explanation for the development of these calamities.  

Group Dynamics and Interventions

In most professional situations, people are required to collaborate within and across groups. Collaboration, however, can often be challenging. In this course, you will learn how to recognize a diverse range of intra- and intergroup processes – such as (sub)group formation, power relations, group conflict, and their consequences for the wellbeing of group members, productivity, decision-making, and creativity. With this knowledge, you will be able to design and execute concrete interventions. Apart from obtaining theoretical knowledge about group dynamic processes, you will focus on applying this knowledge in practice, developing your own group dynamic and intervention skills. 

Psychology and Crime

In this specialization, you will focus on the socio-psychological aspects of crime, with an emphasis on behavioral analysis and interpretation. Throughout the course, you will discuss a wide range of topics relating to criminality, including: personality and environmental factors that stimulate criminal and antisocial behaviour; the dynamics of effective interventions for ‘crime in action’, such as hostage takings; the way in which psychological knowledge can contribute to the effective prosecution of perpetrators, specifically with regard to police interviewing; deception detection and dealing with witnesses and victims in the forensic process; tunnel vision in the prosecution process; recidivism; and victim-offender mediation. You will build up a broad knowledge base, becoming an expert in this complex, trending subject.

Advanced Research Methods for CRS

In this course, you will: (a) get acquainted with the current best (and questionable) research practices in the social sciences; and (b) acquire skills to use advanced research methods and technology in the domain of Conflict, Risk and Safety. Through lectures, you will learn about the dos and don’ts of psychological research. In practical tutorials, you will pick up state-of-the-art research methods and technologies for designing research and analysing data. By the end, you will be ready to perform high-level psychological research in the 21st-century.

Elective Courses

  • Learning and Instruction
  • Cognition and Technical Systems
  • Design and Persuasive Health Technology

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