The module will cover the following topics, some of which will be directly illustrated by invited practitioners:
- Defining concepts. What is peace? Peacemaking. Peacekeeping. Conflict resolution. Conflict transformation.
- Contemporary wars
- When do conflicts escalate / de-escalate / end?
- Foreign interventions and peacekeeping
- Peacemaking (inc. Mediation, Peace talks, Peace agreements)
- Legacies of war
- Post-conflict security governance
- Demobilisation, Disarmament, Reintegration
- Security sector reform
- Accommodating divided societies. Peace and constitutional design
- Transforming economies of war / post-conflict recovery
- Reparations and justice
- The politics of memorialisation
Total contact hours (lecture + seminar): 24
Private study hours: 176
Total study hours: 200
International Conflict and Security
Method of assessment
Mid-term exercise: Dissecting a peace agreement, 1,500 words (20%).
Essay, 3500 words (80%)
Reassessment methods: 100% coursework
Reading list (Indicative list, current at time of publication. Reading lists will be published annually)
Berdal, Mats R. (2009) Building peace after war. Abingdon: Routledge.
Campbell, Susanna, David Chandler and Meera Sabaratnam (2011) A Liberal Peace? The Problem and Practices of Peacebuilding. London: Zed Books.
Philpott, Daniel (2015) Just and Unjust Peace: An Ethic of Political Reconciliation. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Richmond, Oliver (2016) Peace Formation and Political Order in Conflict Affected Societies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Richmond, Oliver and Sandra Poggoda (2016) Post-Liberal Peace Transitions: Between Peace Formation and State Formation. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Sriram, Chandra Lekha (2008) Peace as governance: power-sharing, armed groups and contemporary peace negotiations. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Walter, Barbara F. (2002) Committing to peace: the successful settlements of civil wars. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will:
1. demonstrate solid knowledge of trends and forms of contemporary violent conflicts;
2. demonstrate a thorough command of key concepts in Peace Studies and the scholarly debates surrounding them;
3. be able to engage critically with the underlying philosophies as well as concrete trappings of the wide range of policies promoting peace, locally and globally;
4. analyse in-depth a contemporary conflict and, on the basis of this analysis, assess alternative strategies for peace
The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. work with advanced theoretical knowledge and apply theory to key policy issues;
2. undertake comprehensive analysis of complex, incomplete or contradictory areas of knowledge and make carefully constructed arguments;
3. have a level of conceptual understanding that will allow them to critically evaluate research, policies, and practices and thus be better positioned to develop their own solutions to international challenges;
4. be reflective and self-critical in their work;
5. engage in academic and professional communication with others;
6. have independent learning ability required for further study or professional work;
7. use the Internet, bibliographic search engines, online resources, and effectively conduct research.
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Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
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