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PPR327: Understanding the Internal Dynamics of Peace Processes
The course is intended to give students an understanding of theories of conflict resolution, an appreciation of the practical and ethical difficulties of peace making in protracted conflicts, and an opportunity to develop an in-depth analysis of contemporary peace processes, both in specific conflicts and comparatively. By the end of the course students should have a firm grasp of the main conceptual approaches to conflict and conflict resolution, and an understanding of how these apply to contemporary cases. They will also be introduced to the skills of mediation and negotiation.
This is a 10 week module which is taught in Michaelmas term only. Starting from a conceptual appreciation of the varieties and functions of conflict, the course will consider the stages in the development of conflict, from origins to termination, and the importance of social and international context. The course will focus on the key concepts of violence and peace as experienced in contemporary ethnic conflicts, such as Northern Ireland, Israel/Palestine and South Africa among others. The course aims to provide students with an in-depth understanding of what 'peace processes' are, why they begin, why they break down and aims to give an appreciation of conflict management techniques such as mediation, negotiation and settlement.
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
40% coursework and 60% exam.
1 workshop (2 hours) weekly.
Cochrane F Ending Wars
Darby J & MacGinty R (eds) Contemporary Peacemaking: conflict, violence and peace processes
Knox C & Quirk P Peace building in Northern Ireland, Israel and South Africa: transition, transformation and reconciliation
Lederach J P Preparing for Peace: Conflict Transformation across Cultures
Miall H, Ramsbotham O & Woodhouse T Contemporary Conflict Resolution
Zartman I W O Elusive Peace
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