The general objective of this course is to provoke a critical awareness of issues of peace, conflict, and contemporary conflict resolution efforts. By the end of the semester, students should be able to:
- Express an awareness of and conceptualise competing definitions of war and peace.
- Identify and consider a variety of strategies for ending violent conflict.
- Identify the role of the extending range of activities which today constitute peace building and how this differs from earlier generations of peacekeeping efforts.
- Assess the role of the UN, IGO, and INGOs in peacekeeping, peace enforcement, and peace building operations.
- Identify the important strategies of retribution, reconciliation, and restorative justice in post-war / post-conflict situations.
- Analyse in detail various cases of conflict and conflict resolution.
- Identify a topic (geographical or thematic) around which a student presentation can be made to the rest of the class.