Perspectives and Theories in Conflict Resolution
This course will give you an opportunity to deal with the analysis and resolution of political and violent conflicts. The course gives you theoretical knowledge of strategies and approaches for managing, resolving, and transforming conflicts. You will learn about key dilemmas and debates prevalent in conflict resolution and peacebuilding, including the tensions between peace and justice, and between international interventions and local actors.
This course gives you exceptional theoretical and empirical competence of why we have various types of escalated armed conflicts in different parts of the world, as well as how we can transform and solve them. The course combines theoretical and conceptual perspectives with the study of concrete empirical cases. After the course, you will be able to conduct a conflict analysis of international conflicts, including identifying key actors, interests, and underlying and triggering conflict causes. You will also be able to identify and analyse conflict resolution attempts, including discussing the interests and strategies of different actors and the outcomes of the attempts. You will also gain in-depth knowledge of specific challenges in the field of conflict resolution and know how to identify and reflect on key dilemmas encountered in conflict resolution.
The course will have a combination of various educational forms, such as regular lectures and seminars. You will make oral presentations at seminars, and you will also submit written presentations that will be examined and graded.