Syllabus for Peace and Conflict Studies B

Freds- och konfliktkunskap B

Syllabus

  • 30 credits
  • Course code: 2FK010
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Peace and Conflict Studies G1F

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle
    G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

    Second cycle
    A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2007-01-24
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2019-05-09
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 27, 2019
  • Entry requirements: Peace and Conflict Studies A, 30 credits, or equivalent
  • Responsible department: Department of Peace and Conflict Research

Decisions and guidelines

The course is offered during the spring semester. It can be a part of the Bachelors' programmes in politics (politices kandidatprogrammet), social sciences (samhällsvetarprogrammet), Peace and Development Studies (kandidatprogrammet i freds- och utvecklingsstudier). The course is also open for students following freestanding courses.

Learning outcomes

After the course, students are expected to be able to:

  • describe general patterns in the causes, development and resolution of conflicts at various levels of analysis
  • explain and discuss central questions and theories on causes, development and resolution of conflicts
  • compare and critically evaluate different explanatory models for the onset and development of armed conflict
  • independently seek, gather, and evaluate information and scientific texts on armed conflicts
  • identify empirically and critically evaluate central obstacles and problems for conflict resolution, conflict management, and durable peace
  • independently conduct a basic analysis of central obstacles and problems for conflict resolution, conflict management, and durable peace in an ongoing armed conflict as well as identify and motivate strategies to manage these obstacles and problems
  • actively and independently take part in seminar discussions, do short presentations as well as opposing and defending an independently written thesis
  • recognise and formulate a relevant scientific question and relate this question to relevant scientific literature
  • separate descriptive, explanative and normative studies
  • independently describe various methods and techniques for analysis, especially forms of comparative methods
  • understand the need to define concepts - theoretically and empirically
  • be familiar with different strategies for generalizing knowledge
  • use and distinguish between primary and secondary sources as well as literature
  • use and distinguish between methods for social science data collection
  • use basic knowledge and techniques on source criticism
  • discuss scientific texts from a methodological perspective
  • independently solve assignments within allotted time

Content

The aim of the course is to deepen the students' understanding of theoretical and empirical problems in the study of the outbreak, development and resolution of armed conflicts. Focus is directed upon conflict processes within and between states and different analytical levels - individual, group, state, and regional - are considered. The course further aims to introduce theoretical and methodological issues in Peace and Conflict Studies as well as develop the ability to independently analyse empirical issues and scientific texts.

The course consists of three modules.

Module 1. Theories on the causes of armed conflict (7.5 credits)
Theories of the causes and dynamics of armed conflict within and between states is the centre of attention in this module. Causes and escalatory processes are analysed theoretically and empirically. Particular attention is given to the decision to use force to solve incompatibilities. During the module, different theoretical perspectives and levels of analysis are contrasted with each other.

Module 2. Conflict Resolution (7.5 credits)
During this module, structural, strategic, and psychological problems and obstacles to conflict resolution and durable peace are examined. Furthermore, the module also includes training the ability to independently conduct a theoretically grounded analysis of a current conflict.

Module 3. Methods and thesis (15 credits)
The module begins with lectures, practices, and seminars about the research process and scientific methods. After this general introduction, all teaching is done in smaller supervising groups, where all students are allotted a specific time for supervision. The aim of the module is to provide students with a basic knowledge in scientific methods, to train the ability to independently conduct a smaller scientific study, and - at the same time - further the student's knowledge within a limited field of study. The module ends with the students writing a thesis of 9 credits that is defended in a public seminar as well as the student acting discussant on an another student thesis.

Instruction

Teaching is done through lectures and seminars. While all lectures are done in English, students can choose if they want to conduct their examinations in English or Swedish.

Assessment

Examination is conducted primarily through written assignments. The final module - Methods and thesis - is examined through workshops, seminars and a written independent thesis that is defended orally in a seminar as well as through being discussant on a fellow student's thesis.

Students can choose if they want to do tests in Swedish or English. Grades are Fail, Pass, and Pass with distinction. Grading criteria are handed out at the start of course modules. To acquire the grade Pass with distinction on the entire course, one needs to acquire Pass with distinction on at least 50% of the course credits.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 01, 2020

1. Causes of Armed Conflict

  • Kriesberg, Louis; Dayton, Bruce W. Constructive conflicts : from escalation to resolution

    Fifth edition.: Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, [2017]

    2012 version available as e-book through www.ub.uu.se

    Find in the library

Compendium and articles will be added.

2. Conflict Resolution

  • Kriesberg, Louis; Dayton, Bruce W. Constructive conflicts : from escalation to resolution

    Fifth edition.: Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, [2017]

    2012 version available as e-book via www.ub.uu.se

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

Articles will be added.

3. Methods and Essay

  • Brancati, Dawn Social scientific research

    London: Sage Publications, 2018

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Caldwell, Dan. Alexander L. George: A Pioneer in Political and Social Sciences : With a Foreword by Dan Caldwell

    Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2019

    Case Studies and Theory Development: The Method of Structured, Focused Comparison. Available for download as PDF.

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

The course reading consists of articles and B-theses from previous years.