Peace and Conflict: From Theory to Practice

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Doel vak

The primary objective of the course ‘Peace and Conflict: From Theory to
Practice’ is to familiarise students with the practical context of
issues of peace and conflict. When finalizing the course, students will
a) have knowledge and understanding of:
• The practical context of issues of peace and conflict as experienced
by professionals.
b) be able to:
• Apply their knowledge, understanding and problem solving abilities to
specific cases within the broader multi/interdisciplinary and multilevel
context of peace and conflict;
• Analyse, synthesise and co-create potential solutions to complex
problems in the domain of peace and conflict;
• Integrate their knowledge of multiple disciplines with the purpose of
handling the complexity of issues related to peace and conflict and
designing effective solutions;
• Communicate conclusions, the knowledge and the rationale that underpin
these, to an audience of specialists and non-specialists in a clear and
unambiguous manner;
• Give and receive constructive feedback to and from her/his peers on a
variety of products, including oral presentations and written work, and
use this feedback to revise and improve their work
• Work in multidisciplinary student teams and contribute, to the
comparative advantage related to the own disciplinary background, to the
overall functioning and productivity of the group.

Inhoud vak

Professionals engaged in the practice of finding solutions to armed
conflict and building sustainable peace are consistently faced with
diverse practical and ethical challenges. Whether on the policy
formulation or policy implementation side, practitioners have to
navigate complex configurations of international organizations, local
governments, the military, aid agencies and state or non-state armed
groups. This course shifts the focus from theoretical perspectives to a
perspective of practical engagement, with the aim of familiarizing
students with the prospects and challenges of working on issues of peace
and conflict outside of academia – in the manner of governments,
inter-government structures (e.g., European Union, United Nations), and
non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Importantly, working in
interdisciplinary teams is an unmistakable feature of contemporary work
around issues of peace and conflict. In this course, students are
invited to work together in multidisciplinary students teams and apply
what they have learned to complex, real-world case studies of
international responses to political violence and armed conflict. This
will allow for understanding and appreciating the advantages of taking
an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the practical challenges
of peace and conflict work.


Guest lectures by practitioners from the field of peace and conflict (2
hours every other week, 8 lectures in total, presence is mandatory)
Working groups (2 hours every other week, 8 working groups in total,
presence is mandatory)
Mini-conference (one half-day, presence is mandatory)


Written group assignment (case study), group poster presentation and a
written individual essay.

Vereiste voorkennis

Students must have earned 90 credits, including 60 of the first year.
Participation in 'Political Violence and the Human Condition' and
'Philosophy and Ethics of Political Violence: Peace, War and Terrorism'
is required.


This course is intended for students in the minor Peace and Conflict
Studies. The course is also open as an elective course to students from
any Dutch university or other institution of higher education, and
exchange students.

Overige informatie

The minor is taught in English.

Algemene informatie

Vakcode S_PC
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P1+2+3
Vakniveau 300
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
Vakcoördinator R.M. Anholt
Examinator R.M. Anholt

Praktische informatie

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