Learn to understand threats to citizens’ physical, psychological, and social safety in order to develop interventions to counter these.
How can the police interview suspects and witnesses effectively? How do civilians estimate the risks of a disease or the risks posed by fake news and conspiracy theories? And what is the best way to resolve conflicts (in the workplace)? The specialisation in Conflict, Risk, & Safety (CRS) will provide you with a deeper understanding of the (socio)psychological dynamics of safety issues in the broadest sense of the word, from a physical to psychological to social perspective. You will learn all about conflict and crisis management, risk perception and communication, and explaining and dealing with risky, antisocial, and criminal behaviour.
Within this specialisation, you will delve deeper into the domain of social psychology, in order to gain an understanding of e.g. group processes, interpersonal communication, social influence, attitudes, and prejudice. Moreover, this specialisation incorporates aspects of cognitive, clinical, and organisational psychology. The examples of topics you could cover are nearly endless. You might research the most effective ways to resolve conflict negotiations, for example on the work floor or in disputes between neighbours. Or you could focus on the field of legal and forensic psychology and find interventions to reduce the extent to which people commit crimes or help offenders in rehabilitating. Or what about communicating effectively with citizens in case of a terrorist event, or floods?
This specialisation places conflict, risk, and safety matters firmly in the context of our current digital society. You will, for example, explore how technology can be used as an analysis tool (e.g. eye-tracking or motion detection) or as a means for treatments or solutions (e.g. Virtual Reality training for rehabilitation or victim-offender mediation). You could also study technology as a context that impacts matters of conflict, risk and safety. Think, for example, of risk perception of new technologies, cybercrime, the spread of fake news or stigmatisation in (social) media.
As a graduate of this Master's and this specialisation, you have acquired specific, scientific knowledge, skills and values, which you can put to good use in your future job.
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