WAR AND PEACE: INTRODUCTION TO CONFLICTS AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION

POL2IME

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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In our increasingly globalised world, war,particularly within states, is a paramount challenge to international security,stability, and the realisation of human rights and development.  Conflict resolution, through both official and non-official channels, has been used to respond to conflicts both between and within states, and the approaches to and methods of conflict resolutionvary greatly in both their practice and outcomes.  In this subject we examine how and when violent conflict occurs, using case studies from across Africa, the Middle East, Central& Eastern Europe and the Asia-Pacific. We explore the main approaches to conflict resolution and peacebuilding and how they function in the context of international law and international relations. Students will learn how to conduct a conflict assessment, and analyse the regional, international,economic and other dimensions of wars, as well as the effectiveness of the varied approaches to conflict resolution used in each case. 

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJasmine-Kim Westendorf

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of any first year Politics subject and 15 credit points of any Humanities and Social Sciences subject, or subject coordinator's approval

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects POL3IME

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsContemporary Conflict Resolution 3rd ed.PrescribedRamsbotham, Woodhouse and MiallCAMBRIDGE, 2011

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critically analyse and report on the international political and security environment, with a sophisticated understanding of the way conflict manifests and is resolved at both a state and sub-state level.

Activities:
Take home exam, research essay, group exercise and online exercises
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Describe and analyse approaches to and processes of conflict resolution.

Activities:
Take home exam, research essay, group exercise and online exercises
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Develop complex and coherent arguments and analyses of the way conflict resolution functions in the context of international law and norms, the relationships between state and non-state actors, and other aspects of international relations.

Activities:
Take home exam, research essay, group exercise and online exercises
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Read, research and write critically on war, peace, and conflict resolution.

Activities:
Take home exam, research essay, group exercise and online exercises
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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