Conflict and Peace Building: Global and Intersectional Perspectives

2019-2020

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
peace-building;
- 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

Since the early twentieth century, the world has been shaken by war,
ethnic cleansing, terrorism, crimes against humanity and genocide.
Often, these traumatic events have been followed by a transitional and
transformative phases and initiatives of conflict resolution,
reconcilation and dealing with the past. In order to understand the
process through which (post-)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. Given the changing nature
of conflict, this seminar discusses and examines some of the key
concepts and recent developments in the field of (post-)conflict
reconstruction, 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. It will pay particular attention to
these practices and initiatives in different national, cultural and
political environments. Students will be sensitized to political,
historical, religious, ethical and gender perspectives. Therefore, the
seminar has a strong interdisciplinary approach, combining expertise in
conflict studies, gender studies, psychology (trauma), religious
studies, anthropology, history, and media studies. This
interdisciplinary perspective allows a comprehensive understanding of
conflict transformation/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

Type of Assessments
Assignment 1 (reading activities)
Before the first class of week 1, 2, 3 and 4 the students have to submit
one critical question about the readings for that week on Canvas. The
questions will be used during the second class of the week.

Assignment 2 (group activity and presentation 50%)
Working in small groups students will choose and present (post-)conflict
reconstruction/peacebuilding case studies (e.g. Rwanda, Former
Yugoslavia, South Africa, Cambodia, Colombia, Chile, Guaetamala,
Ukraine, Israel-Palestine, Germany…). In week 5 and 6 the groups will
hold group presentations of around 10 minutes.

Assignment 3 (group paper 50%)
The groups will write a paper based on the conflict chosen for the
presentation. In the paper they will combine this case with a
theoretical framework discussed during the lectures. Size: max 5000
words. Deadline will be announced, to be submitted through Canvas.
Criteria include the following:
- 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

More information about Assignment 2 and 3 will be provided in the annex
of the syllabus.

Literature

Bjorn Krondorfer (ed.) (2018). Reconiclation in Global Context: Why It
is Nedeed and How it is Work. New York: State University of New York
Press.
Additional articles can be found in the syllabus.

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 dr. M.C. de Regt
prof. dr. H. Ghorashi
prof. dr. B. Beersma
prof. dr. M. Moyaert

Practical Information

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