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


This module focuses on the practice of conflict resolution though in-depth case study analysis and direct engagement with experienced practitioners. It foregrounds and assesses the decisions practitioners face in the field, situating different approaches and the choices that flow from them in terms of ethical traditions and practical outcomes. The module invites in policy and practitioner communities working in the areas of conflict resolution, drawing on relevant NGOs, community organisations, governmental and international agencies, as well as UK and other foreign and development agencies, police, military or justice services. It will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to engage appropriately with conflict, including by understanding the strengths and weaknesses of key approaches.


Contact hours

Private Study: 178
Contact Hours: 22
Total: 200


Compulsory to the following courses:
MA/PG Dip International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Optional to the following courses:
This module is available to all students on MA courses within the School of Politics and International Relations.

Also available as an elective module.

Method of assessment

Position Paper, 1500 words (30%)
Report, 3000 words (70%)

Reassessment methods:
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Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

Develop the advanced skills involved in conflict resolution, including conflict analysis, active listening, mediation and negotiation
Demonstrate a deep and nuanced understanding of the context and practicalities of negotiations, for instance on issues involving refugees and settlers
Fully comprehend the usefulness (and problems) of mediation and third-party interventions
Recognise and connect with the skills of mediation and negotiation in others
Demonstrate the advanced ability to see complex conflicts from the point of view of different protagonists
Appreciate the role of civil society and transitional justice in peace-building.

Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the key concepts and practices in the subject area
Show a deep and incisive knowledge of current problems related to the subject and be able to critically evaluate responses to these issues.
Provide a detailed and insightful critical analysis of current research and advanced scholarship in the discipline.


  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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