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PL30897: Comparative peace processes

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment: CW 33%, ES 67%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
This unit is to provide students with a theoretical and empirical understanding of the evolution of peace building in ethno-national and ethno-religious conflict. Students will engage with key debates concerning international intervention and post-conflict reconstruction. The unit will examine and critically engage with models of conflict management or resolution, with particular references to political problem solving via consociational power sharing or integrationist approaches. Alternative political models for conflict management, such as secession, partition, confederalism and devolution will also be explored. The unit will also engage with the debates concerning role of gender in conflict and peace building as well as exploring key issues surrounding post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation. As well as drawing on academic and policy literature, this unit will make extensive use of case studies in the Middle East and Europe.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this unit, students should be able to:
* assess the nature of conflict in selected deeply divided polities;
* comprehend the means by which such conflicts have been addressed;
* evaluate the success or failure of peace processes in the localities studied;
* assess the most appropriate political tools for the management or resolution of conflict;
* evaluate key aspects of peace-building and societal reconstruction, including those of ethnic and gender equality.

Skills:
Skills in critical analysis, conceptual thinking, precision in the use of written and spoken language, exercise of independent judgement, reasoned argument and the planning/conduct/reporting of non-quantitative research are developed and assessed in this unit.

Content:
This unit will focus on theoretical assumptions about peace building, examining how peace processes are developed in deeply divided societies. It will include several case studies including peace processes in the Middle East (Israel/Palestine, Lebanon) and Europe (Basque, Northern Ireland, Bosnia-Herzegovina).
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:
NB. Postgraduate programme information will be added when the postgraduate catalogues are published in August 2020

PL30897 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Economics
  • UHES-AFB01 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Politics (Year 3)
  • UHES-ACB01 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Politics with Combined Placement and Study Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHES-AAB01 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Politics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • UHES-AKB01 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Politics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UHPL-AYB13 : BA(Hons) French and Politics with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB12 : BA(Hons) German and Politics with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB16 : BA(Hons) Italian ab initio and Politics with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB15 : BA(Hons) Russian ab initio and Politics with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB17 : BA(Hons) Spanish and Politics with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AFB30 : BSc(Hons) Politics and International Relations (Year 3)
  • UHPL-AAB30 : BSc(Hons) Politics and International Relations with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AKB30 : BSc(Hons) Politics and International Relations with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AFB10 : BSc(Hons) Politics with Economics (Year 3)
  • UHPL-AAB10 : BSc(Hons) Politics with Economics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AKB10 : BSc(Hons) Politics with Economics with Year long work placement (Year 4)

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