Introduction to Conflict Analysis and Resolution - PO325

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Spring 4 15 (7.5) PROF N Loizides checkmark-circle


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 key question of "what is conflict?" Students will be introduced to conflict management, conflict resolution and conflict transformation approaches before engaging with key 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 peace processes 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.


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Contact hours

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

Method of assessment

60% coursework (essay (40%), reading assignments (20%), 40% exam (2 hrs).

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

Upon completion of this module, students will be able to:
Recognize key approaches to the study of conflict.
Understand the main concepts and theories of international conflict and conflict resolution.
Identify the main practices of conflict resolution and their limitations.
Engage with empirical cases and simulations of international conflicts.
Identify the main critiques of conflict theories.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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