Master’s studies

Syllabus for Peace and Conflict Studies A

Freds- och konfliktkunskap A

Syllabus

  • 30 credits
  • Course code: 2FK009
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Peace and Conflict Studies G1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG).
  • Established: 2007-01-24
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Social Sciences
  • Revised: 2012-04-16
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 31, 2012
  • Entry requirements: General entry requirements
  • Responsible department: Department of Peace and Conflict Research

Decisions and guidelines

The course syllabus was established by the Faculty Board of Social Sciences 2007-01-24. The course syllabus is decided by the Departmental Board for Department of Peace and Conflict Research. It was revised 2012-04-16. The course syllabus is valid from 2012-08-01.

The course is only offered during the fall semester. The course can be part of Bachelor Programme in Political Science, the Bachelor Programme in Social Sciences, and the Bachelor Programme in Peace and Development Studies or used as self-contained course.

Learning outcomes

After completion of this course the student is expected to demonstrate:

  • the ability to identify central concepts in peace and conflict research
  • the ability to account for key theoretical assumptions on the causes, dynamics and resolution of armed conflict, and to apply these concepts to explain the causes, dynamics and resolution of armed conflict
  • the ability to describe principal features of the nature and development of conflicts within and between states from 1945 until present day
  • the ability to independently write a conflict analysis, incorporating and applying the above mentioned concepts
  • the ability to independently collect data on armed conflict, and assess this data using established practices of source criticism
  • the ability to present theoretical concepts and empirical findings in a research report in the form of a conflict analysis and present this analysis in a seminar
  • the ability to account for the central assumptions of the main theories of International Relations (IR), and of the so-called broadened security agenda, and apply these assumptions to explain the security behaviour of actors
  • together with a partner, the ability to develop a conflict scenario in a research paper, and theoretically and empirically motivate this scenario
  • actively participate in seminar discussions and present and defend the conflict scenario in a seminar setting

Content

The course consists of four parts:

Module 1. Introduction to Peace and Conflict Research (7.5 credits)
Module 1 gives an introduction to the central puzzles and research areas of peace and conflict research. Key concepts linked to explaining the cause, dynamic, and resolution of conflict are presented and discussed.

Module 2. Conflict analysis (7.5 credits)
In module 2 students will select a conflict to analyse using a framework based on the theories and concepts discussed in module 1. The analysis is presented in a research paper and presented and defended at a seminar. The module also includes training in data collection and source criticism.

Module 3. Peace and security in the international system (7.5 credits)
Course module 3 focuses on the concept of security and its various definitions, such as the broadened security agenda and military and non-military security threats. Emphasis is placed on different theoreticl perspectives (mainly from the literature on International Relations) and how they can explain actors'security policies.

Module 4. Scenario Analysis (7.5 credits)
The scenario analysis consists of a 20-page assignment written in pairs. This assignment serves as a practice of doing a scenario analysis of possible conflict developments within a region, a country or between two countries. The analysis is guided by the theories and concepts that are covered in previous modules. The written assignment is presented and defended at a final seminar.

Instruction

Lectures and seminars constitute the main forms of teaching of this course. All lectures are given in English. The students can chose whether they want to participate in seminars in Swedish or in English.

Assessment

Students are examined through a written exam, an individually authored conflict analysis, compulsory seminars and written seminar assignments, and a scenario analysis written in pairs.

Three grades are given in this course: VG (pass with distinction), G (pass), U (fail).

To obtain the grade VG (pass with distinction) for Peace and Conflict Studies A, a student is required to obtain VG (pass with distinction) on at least 15 credits, as well as G (pass) on the remaining 15 credits. To obtain the grade G (pass) for Peace and Conflict Studies A, a student is required to obtain G (pass) on all course modules (30 credits).

Reading list

Applies from: week 31, 2012

1. Introduction

  • Pruitt, Dean G.; Kim, Sung Hee Social conflict : escalation, stalemate and settlement

    3. ed.: New York: McGraw-Hill, 2004

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Wallensteen, Peter Understanding conflict resolution

    4th ed.: Los Angeles: Sage, 2015

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

Articles will be added.

2. Conflict Analysis

  • Dulic, Tomislav Peace Research and Source Criticism: Using Historical Methodology to Improve Information Gathering and Analysis

    Part of:

    Höglund, Kristine; Öberg, Magnus Understanding peace research : methods and challenges

    London: Routledge, 2011

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Öberg, Magnus; Sollenberg, Margareta Gathering Conflict Information Using News Resources

    Part of:

    Höglund, Kristine; Öberg, Magnus Understanding peace research : methods and challenges

    London: Routledge, 2011

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

Articles and other materials will be added.

3. Peace and Security in the International System

  • Collins, Alan Contemporary security studies

    3. ed.: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

Articles will be added.

4. Scenario Analysis

Readings from prior modules will be used. Case-specific readings will be added.