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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 resolution vary 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.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJasmine-Kim Westendorf

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesTake home exam, research essay, group exercise and online exercises

Capstone subjectNo

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


Incompatible subjectsPOL3IME

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Learning resources

Contemporary Conflict Resolution

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorRamsbotham, Woodhouse and Miall





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Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

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.
02. Describe and analyse approaches to and processes of conflict resolution.
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.
04. Read, research and write critically on war, peace, and conflict resolution.

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