Conflict and Peace Building: Global and Intersectional Perspectives


Course Objective

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the key concepts and
developments of conflict management/transformation, reconciliation and
peacemaking in (post-)conflict societies, making special emphasis on the
micro-level, i.e. individual dispositions, attitudes and behavior.

When finalizing the course, students will have knowledge and
understanding of
- The main concepts and theories of reconciliation, conflict management
and peace-building;
- The role of intersectional identities (e.g. religion, gender,
ethnicity, sexuality, etc.) in reconciliation, conflict management and
- The complexity of intercultural and interreligious encounters in
(post-)conflict situations;
- The application of multiple perspectives to specific cases of conflict
management and peace building in (post-)conflict societies.
- To integrate knowledge of multiple disciplines with the purpose of
handling complexity of issues related to peace management and
reconciliation and designing effective solutions.

Course Content

In order to understand the process through which conflict
transformation/reconciliation is constructed after violent political
conflicts, and how it shapes individual as well as collective identity,
it is necessary to focus on the everyday experiences, interests, and
needs of the different actors involved in this process on the
micro-level. This course discusses and examines some of the key concepts
and developments in the field of conflict management, peacemaking and
reconciliation research, providing students with a theoretical and
practical understanding of the causes and dynamics of violent
ethnic/religious conflicts, models of conflict transformation and
resolutions. The course has a strong interdisciplinary approach,
combining expertise in religious studies, conflict studies, psychology,
sociology, history, and media studies. This interdisciplinary
perspective allows a comprehensive understanding of conflict
management/peace-making in (post)conflict societies.

Teaching Methods

Seminars/lectures are main teaching methods of this course.

The students will also have an excursion to the International Criminal
Court for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague.

Method of Assessment

Written assignment

The essay will deal with a topic related to the course theme (to be
approved by the lecturer). The ideal topic will combine a specific
example of conflict and peace building and theoretical framework
discussed during the class. Size: max 3000 words. Deadline will be
announced, to be submitted through Canvas. Criteria include the
- Precise description of the phenomenon/issue/conflict/peacebuilding
- Analysis of theoretical questions
- Critical connection of phenomenon and theoretical reflection
- Use and proper referencing of literature
- Use and proper referencing of classroom materials
- Language and presentation


Cordell, K. & Wolf, S. (2009). Ethic Conflict: Causes, Consequences and
Responses. Cambridge: Polity (mandatory).

Additional articles will be added later.

Target Audience

Students in the minor Peace and Conflict Studies.
The course is also open as an elective course.

Recommended background knowledge

Those students interested in conflict and peace-bulding studies.

General Information

Course Code S_CPB
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator dr. S. Sremac
Examiner dr. S. Sremac
Teaching Staff prof. dr. H. Ghorashi
dr. M.C. de Regt
prof. dr. B. Beersma
prof. dr. M. Moyaert

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

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