6 August 2010
The course provides a general introduction to the interdisciplinary field of peace studies with an empirical focus, combined with more detailed study of selected areas and themes. The content varies from year to year according to current conflict areas and the special expertise of the course leader(s). Major topics are conflict resolution, causes of armed conflicts, issues of gender, identity and human rights, humanitarian intervention, peace keeping and peace building efforts. The conflict resolution segment utilizes interactive techniques in group work, as well as lectures on specific peace processes and negotiations, and also the ethical dilemmas of attempting to intervene in conflicts. The lecturers represent a variety of disciplines including political science, history and sociology, as well as experienced practitioners working in the field of conflict resolution.
This course is offered in cooperation with PRIO International Peace Research Institute, Oslo.
Minimum BA degree in social sciences or other relevant discipline. Professional or personal engagement in peace research and/or conflict resolution and peace building is preferred.
Peace research aims at understanding conflict in order to help resolve it. By the end of the course students should be aware of the major conceptual and methodological issues within the discipline.
Term paper and group work, final written classroom examination and class participation. Grading based on the ECTS grading system A-B-C-D-E-F.
USD 3745: On campus fee, room & board included