Peace and Conflict Studies A

30 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 2FK009

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
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)
Finalised by
The Department Board, 30 May 2011
Responsible department
Department of Peace and Conflict Research

General provisions

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 2011-05-30. The course syllabus is valid from 2011-08-01.

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

Entry requirements

General entry requirements

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


The course consists of three 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/Scenario Analysis (15 credits)

Course module 3 is divided into two parts. During the first five weeks the concept of security and its various definitions, such as the broadened security agenda and military and non-military security threats are problematised and analysed. Emphasis is placed on different theoretical perspectives (mainly from the literature on International Relations) and how they can explain actors'security policies.

The second half of the course module 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 the first part of the module. The written assignment is presented and defended at a final seminar.


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.


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

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).