Conflict Resolution in Practice - POLI8280

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 7 20 (10) Neophytos Loizides checkmark-circle


The module provides an overview and framework for considering the evolving field of international conflict resolution. This module examines how conflict research has evolved within the field of political science through an in depth analysis of nationalism and community identities. It will initially investigate different levels of conflict and violence from the intrapersonal to the communal and, finally, to the state and international level. Then, the module will examine competing theories on conflict and violence. The theoretical reflections will focus on different aspects of conflict, ranging from inter-state to intra-state conflict as well as rationalists, institutional and psychological approaches in preventing conflict. In each instance, various and contested concepts are discussed and analysed through close study of social and political theories. Specific case studies and new security concerns will be reviewed.


Contact hours

Private Study: 178
Contact Hours: 22
Total: 200


Compulsory to the following courses:
• MA/PG Dip International Conflict Analysis

Optional to the following courses:
• MA/PG Dip International Relations
• MA International Relations with International Law
• MA Peace and Conflict Studies
• MA/PG Dip Security and Terrorism

Also available as an elective module.

Method of assessment

Essay (6000 words) 100%

Reassessment methods: 100% coursework

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Show a systematic understanding of the dynamic and changing nature of conflict resolution and management

2 Recognise and apply the range of conceptual components associated with conflict management, including intervention, peace-building and reconstruction

3 Demonstrate an understanding of the context and practicalities of negotiations, for instance on issues involving refugees and settlers

4 Fully comprehend the usefulness (and problems) of mediation and third-party interventions

5 Describe the territorial management of divisions, whether by means of power-sharing, 're-scaling', or partition

6 Develop skills of mediation and negotiation and recognise these skills in others

7 Recognise the role of civil society and transitional justice in peace-building.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  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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