All students are required to take the equivalent of 120 credits, followed by the dissertation for the MA.
The programme is supported by a series of weekly seminars which includes outside speakers.
Introduction to peace studies The history and evolution of peace studies, an examination of the relationship between peace, violence, conflict and war; with a particular emphasis on questions of applied ethics. An introduction to pacifist/non-violent traditions in twentieth-century peace movements.
Methods The study of social science research methods and their application within peace studies and peace research; paradigms and values in the social sciences.
Conflict resolution: concepts, processes and skills An examination of the academic development of the field of conflict resolution and its impact on policy, including: history and key concepts; analysis of post-Cold War conflict patterns; conflict prevention; peacekeeping; conflict settlement; post-war reconstruction and post conflict peacebuilding.
Conflict resolution: applications and reconstructions An examination of the practice of conflict resolution in a series of case studies, and the emergence of critical perspectives on conflict resolution, including non-western perspectives, critical theory and discourse analysis, and gender critiques.
African peace and conflict studies The course aims to develop an advanced and critical understanding of politics and governance, conflict, security and development in contemporary Africa. A primary focus is on the interface between regional security, conflict management/stabilisation, economic development and democratisation in postcolonial Africa.
African approaches to conflict resolution and peacebuilding The course aims to develop an advanced and critical understanding of African traditional approaches to conflict resolution and peace-building through: (1) extensive analysis of case-study materials; (2) encouraging reflection on the ways in which traditional approaches relate to theories and practices in the field of conflict resolution; and (3) exploring the possible roles of traditional approaches to the prevention, management and resolution of contemporary conflicts in Africa.
Optional modules: • International politics and security studies • Security and post-conflict reconstruction • European regional security • Regional security in East Asia • Middle East: area in conflict • Comparative peace processes in the Balkans • Human rights and democracy • Human rights • Democracy – theory and practice • Politics of the global environment • Arms control and proliferation • Conflict and change in contemporary Latin America • Religions, peace and conflict: from Islam and the West to Muslims of the West • Crisis of postcoloniality in Africa • Critical security studies • Peacekeeping and international conflict resolution • Nationalism, peace and conflict • Christianity and politics • Sri Lanka study trip (not available every year) • African study trip (not available every year)