Introduction to Conflict Analysis and Resolution - POLI3250

Looking for a different module?

Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


The module is designed to introduce students to the principle approaches to conflict and conflict resolution. Starting with a discussion of the pervasiveness of conflict in human existence, the module will engage with the key question of "what is conflict?" Students will be introduced to conflict management and conflict resolution approaches before engaging with conflict resolution processes such as negotiation and mediation. The module will rely on case studies and simulations to help students engage directly and better grasp the different theoretical approaches. Case studies will include an in-depth analysis of the Oslo process and a discussion of the specific difficulties linked to negotiations with “terrorists.” The students will emerge from the module with knowledge of the central paradigms and concepts of conflict analysis and resolution, and with an initial set of skills (negotiation and mediation) which can be used to further understand international politics but also in their personal engagement with others.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 128
Total study hours: 150


Available as an elective module

Method of assessment

Conflict Report, 2000 words (40%)
Reading Quizzes x4 (5% each, 20% overall)
Exam, 2 hrs (40%)

Reassessment Instrument: 100% coursework

Indicative reading

* Ramsbottam, O., Miall, H. and Woodhouse, T. (2016). Contemporary Conflict Resolution: The Prevention, Management and Transformation of Deadly Conflicts. Cambridge: Polity.

* Fisher, R. and Ury, W. (1991). Getting to Yes, New York: Penguin

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. recognise key approaches to the study of conflict

2. understand the main concepts and theories of international conflict and conflict resolution

3. identify the main practices of conflict resolution and their limitations

4. engage with empirical cases and simulations of international conflicts

5. identify the main critiques of conflict theories


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
Back to top

University of Kent makes every effort to ensure that module information is accurate for the relevant academic session and to provide educational services as described. However, courses, services and other matters may be subject to change. Please read our full disclaimer.