Summer School - Hidden Genocides: Overshadowed by the Holocaust, Netherlands

Publish Date: May 09, 2015

Deadline: Jun 15, 2015

Event Dates: from Jul 10, 2015 12:00 to Aug 01, 2015 12:00

Degree programme Certificate
Mode Full-time
Credits 6 ECTS, 3 weeks
Language of instruction English
Starts in July
Academic dates:  12 - 31 July 2015

Orientation:  12 July 2015

Housing dates:  10 July - 1 August 2015

Academic Director:  Anthonie Holslag

Application due date:  15 June 2015

Application fee:  €25

Tuition fee:  €1500

Housing fee: tentative: approx €525

The Twentieth Century was considered, by many scholars who study political violence, “the century of genocide” with the Holocaust as the epitome of industrial and mechanical violence. Yet there were many genocides before and after that.

The question rises “what is genocide”? How does it differ from other forms of collective violence? What triggers genocide? Why are the acts during genocide so gruesome? What is the cultural of genocide? What are the consequences of its legal definition? Why do people perpetuate genocide?

These and more questions will be answered during this course. We will thereby not only look at familiar cases of genocide, like the Holocaust, Rwanda and Srebenica, but also “hidden” and unknown genocides and the mass atrocities happening right now in South Sudan, Central Africa and Syria/ North Iraq. This course will give you an analytical model to understand and study genocide and measure proper interventions.

Programme description 

The summer course 'Hidden Genocides' will exist of lecturers, seminars, international guest lecturers specialised in genocide, analysing documentaries and eye witness accounts, discussions and having excursions to various places.

For a more details, please see the webpage on programme description.

Course objectives

After this course the student is able to:

  • Understand and analyse the consequences of the legal definition of genocide both from a historical, legal and social scientific point of view
  • Compare and analyse known and unknown genocides both for its specific elements as the commonalities that occurs during genocide
  • Understand and analyse the behavior and the social imaginaireof the perpetrators of genocide
  • Describe known and unknown cases of genocide
  • Understand, analyse and compare the aftermath of genocide; both in its legal consequences as in it social, political, psychological and economic consequences
  • Understand, describe and analyse the complex relationship between ideology, perpetrators, bystanders and victims.

Admission criteria

Hidden Genocides: Overshadowed by the Holocaust

Students who have completed at least three years of a Bachelor’s programme in the social sciences (before the programme begins). Masters students and professionals are also welcome to apply.

Applicants from non-social science backgrounds should make clear in their motivation letter why they believe they qualify for the programme.


Hidden Genocides: Overshadowed by the Holocaust

How to apply

Online application

Students can apply online:

Please follow the instructions on the application.

Application deadline: 

15 June 2015

Students will be admitted on a rolling basis.   

Application materials must arrive at our office by this date.  If the deadline has passed, please email us to see if we will still accept your application.  

Application fee: € 25

  • Please use the credit card form for the application fee.  If you are within the EU and would like to pay via Bank Transfer, please send us an email.  We will send you the relevant information to make a transfer. 
  • The application fee must be paid before your application will be sent to the Admissions Committee. 
  • The application fee of €25 will be waived if your application is received before 1 February 2015.
  • The application fee must be paid before your application will be sent to the Admissions Committee.  


Please note that transcripts may be unofficial scanned transcripts.

Letter of Recommendation 

Besides the online application, students should ask their referee to send the Letter of Recommendation via email to: . The email should come directly from the referee and the subject line should read: HG 2015– ApplicantsName).

ALL applicants are required to submit a letter of recommendation and it MUST come from the referee's own work or personal email address.    

Referees are not required to use the form below, however, it can be a useful tool.   


 For any communication concerning your application or questions regarding the programme use:

  • Please understand that we have more then 10 different summer programmes, so please add the name of the programme in the subject line and your own name as well.
    This will ensure a quick response to your enquiries.

For any communication through the postal mail:

  • Summer Programmes Office
    Graduate School of Social Sciences
    University of Amsterdam
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  
    1018 WV Amsterdam
    The Netherlands

Tuition & credits

Hidden Genocides: Overshadowed by the Holocaust


Tuition fee : € 1500
Housing: € 525 (tentative)

The tuition fee includes:

  • lunch on class days
  • access to course materials on Blackboard
  • excursions and site visits
  • certificate of attendance
  • credit students also receive a transcript

The tuition fee does not include travel to and from Amsterdam nor housing.


As a Summer Institute student you will either receive

  • an official certificate (non-credit)
  • or both a certificate and a transcript (credit)

with an official seal from the Universiteit van Amsterdam, provided of course that you meet all requirements.

Students who wish to earn credits receive, upon successful completion of the programme, an official transcript stating the courses taken, credits earned and grades obtained. The programme is the equivalent of a 6 European Credits (or 3 American credits) module if the following requirements are fulfilled:

  • active participation in classes totalling 50 student-instructor contact hours or more
  • successful completion of a final paper (of 6000 words or 15 pages)

A first draft of this paper (1500 words) must be presented and approved of before the end of the Summer Institute; the final version must be submitted and approved of no later than 1 September.

6 ECTS equals 150 hours (including student-instructor contact hours, reading, writing, assignments, and other activities).

The credits received for the courses taken at the University of Amsterdam can be transferred into credits at your home university through a credit transfer system. The study period at the Universiteit van Amsterdam will therefore be a part of the study at the home university. For more information on the credit transfer, you should contact your home university.

Please note that Nuffic Scholars are not able to take the course for credit.


Hidden Genocides: Overshadowed by the Holocaust

U21/LERU Partial Scholarship

If your university is a member of the Universitas 21 network and/or LERU network then you may be eligible for a partial scholarship of €500.  You must also be a current student at that university when you apply for the summer programme.  If you graduate before the start of the summer programme but were a student at the time of submitting your application, you will still be eligible for the scholarship.  

Students studying at Dutch universities on these lists are not eligible for these scholarships.    

You must verify that your home university is a member of the LERU network and/or the U21 network. The Summer Programmes Office GSSS will then be able to submit your application to the U21/LERU scholarship fund. The final decision on granting these scholarships is made by the UvA following acceptance of the candidates into the summer programmes. The €500 scholarship will be deducted from your tuition.  

  • Step 1: Check your eligibility by making sure that your home university is in the LERU or U21 network.
  • Step 2:  Apply to the programme and indicate that you are applying for a LEUR or U21 scholarship.  
  • Step 3: Upon acceptance you will hear if you have received the partial scholarship.  

Global Exchange Partner (GEP) Tuition Remission

Tuition scholarships awarded by your home international office

Certain universities may have bilateral exchange agreements which lead to tuition remission for some of the UvA Summer School programmes. Check our list of partner universities to see if we have such a formal Global Exchange Programme agreement with your home university. Your home international office should also be able to inform you if such an agreement exists and what the rules and regulations are.

  • Step 1: Check your eligibility by making sure that your home university is a GEP university.  
  • Step 2:  Contact your home university's international office and inform them that you are applying for this programme and you understand you may be eligible for partial or full tuition remission.  
  • Step 3: Apply to the programme and indicate that you are applying for a GEP tuition remission (when it asks if you have applied to any scholarships).  
  • Step 4: Upon acceptance you will hear if you have received any tuition remission.  This will depend on the agreements between the University of Amsterdam and your home university.  

Amsterdam University Fund (AUF Travel grant)

The Amsterdam University Fund has several travel grants on offer. These travel grants are for third year bachelor and master students. The travel grant can only be used to cover travel costs.  It cannot be used in conjuncture with other scholarships (i.e. LERU/U21/GEP). The Amsterdam University Fund (Stichting Amsterdams Universiteitsfonds) is a joint initiative of the University of Amsterdam Alumni Association (AUV) and the University of Amsterdam (UvA). In order to apply for the travel grant, you must have a complete application on file with the Summer Programmes Office. 


GSSS SPO Scholarschip 

If you are a student at the UvA GSSS or CSW you might be eligable for a €400 scholarship. This scholarship will be deducted from the cost of tuition.  In order to be eligible for this scholarship, you must currently be a student at the GSSS or CSW or have been accepted as a student for the 2015-2016 academic year. This scholarship is not available to undergraduate certificate programme students (UCP). On the application, please mention GSSS SPO scholarship if you would like to be considered. Upon acceptance to the programme you will be notified if you have received the scholarship.

Further Funding

Below you will find links to scholarship databases and other known places to look for funding. There is also information for American and Canadian students who are interested in applying for a loan.

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