Syllabus for Conflict and Peacebuilding

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A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 15 credits
  • Course code: 5RT965
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: International Humanitarian Action A1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2016-03-31
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Theology
  • Applies from: week 24, 2016
  • Entry requirements:
  • Responsible department: Department of Theology

Decisions and guidelines

The course on Conflict and Peacebuilding is only available to exchange students from partner universities in the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA) or to students who have been admitted to the Master's Programme in Humanitarian Action and Conflict.

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes of the module provide a conceptual and theoretical frame for the analysis of political, social and cultural dimensions of humanitarian disaster situations, with particular emphasis on conflict analysis and conflict resolution/peacebuilding. After the course the student is expected to have the following competences:

  • an ability to apply the main schools of conflict theory and related concepts to concrete conflict and disaster situations in order to achieve a deep and broader understanding of such contexts;
  • a broad understanding of the theory and practice of peace-building;
  • an awareness of the everyday life of war and armed conflict and how it affects local populations, including an awareness of gender dimensions;
  • an understanding of and sensitivity to cultural differences on individual and group levels and how this can affect the policies and implementation of humanitarian activities;
  • an ability to conduct an independent analysis of a conflict;
  • an ability to communicate advanced knowledge of conflict issues to a non-academic target group, both in oral and written format.


The module focuses on: concepts and theories of conflict resolution; peacemaking/peacebuilding with specific relevance to humanitarian disaster situations; and the conditions and consequences of humanitarian action in conflict situations.


The course can involve lectures, seminars, study visits, written assignments and literature studies.


The course is examined through written exams, papers, individual and group presentations.

Transitional provisions

Students on a course regulated by this syllabus have the right to be examined for up to two years after their course instance has ended, and in accordance with this syllabus. In exceptional circumstances, they may also be examined later. Normally, instruction will only be given according to the latest version of the course syllabus.

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 25, 2016

  • Barnett, Michael N. The empire of humanity : a history of humanitarianism

    Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2011

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

    4th ed.: Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, c2012

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  • Ramsbotham, Oliver; Woodhouse, Tom; Miall, Hugh Contemporary conflict resolution : the prevention, management and transformation of deadly conflicts

    Fourth edition.: Malden, MA: Polity Press, 2016

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  • Solnit, Rebecca. A paradise built in hell : the extraordinary communities that arise in disaster

    New York, N.Y.: Viking, 2009

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  • Wallensteen, Peter Understanding conflict resolution

    4th ed.: Los Angeles: Sage, 2015

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  • Article compendium

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