This interdisciplinary MA explores the processes through which actors have attempted to define and build peace in areas affected by violence. Drawing on expertise from the fields of history, politics, anthropology and the arts, this new course will offer students the opportunity to critically address the conceptualization of peace and the implementation of peacebuilding projects by global, regional, national and local actors.
Course aims Students will be able to show a critical understanding of:
1. Key issues and debates related to the theories of peace and practices of peacebuilding. Students will show familiarity with different theoretical approaches, practical problems and an appreciation of the diversity of policies at international, regional, national and sub-national levels.
2. The range of social science topics which influence peacebuilding (including political, historical, anthropological understandings of peace and related programming). Students will become familiar with the methodological and normative underpinnings of these disciplines and their concomitant effect on peacebuilding
3. The analytical and policy literature concerning the related issues of peacebuilding, including international governance structures, the concept of statebuilding, foreign policy analysis and the role of key actors and institutions including the state, multilateral and bilateral agencies, international and domestic NGOs as well as the military and other security actors.
4. An understanding of local approaches to peacebuilding, including an awareness of the problems and critiques associated with `bottom up' approaches.
5. The development of a range of academic and professional/transferrable skills through both independent and group-based work6. A detailed understanding of a specific conceptual and/or policy-related area of peacebuilding along with implications and limitations of research findings on this subject, and of how to produce an original piece of academic research. Delivered via the dissertation module.
6. A detailed understanding of a specific conceptual and/or policy-related area of peacebuilding along with implications and limitations of research findings on this subject, and of how to produce an original piece of academic research. Delivered via the dissertation module.
Special features The Institute is developing a novel configuration for research and teaching which will uniquely associate practitioners, non-governmental organisation (NGO) partners, theoreticians, policy makers and analysts in sustained intellectual engagement. Combining a targeted programme of research with the provision of timely analysis on current emergencies and conflicts, the institute will seek to develop new methodologies in the emerging field of humanitarian and conflict response research.
Course content for year 1
Core Modules (15 Credits Each) Students must take all of the following:
- Peacebuilding: Inquiries - Peacebuilding: Case Studies - Anthropology of Violence and Reconstruction - Reconstruction & Development (IDPM)
Dissertation (12 000 - 15 000 words) (60 Credits)
Optional Modules: Students to choose 60 credits from the following:
- Responding to Illegal Economies & Political Violence (15 Credits) - Humanitarian and Conflict Response: Inquiries (15 Credits) - History of Humanitarian Aid (15 or 30 Credits) - Global Health (15 Credits) - Conflict Analysis (IDPM) (15 Credits) - Ethics in World Politics (Politics) (15 Credits) - Security Studies (Politics) (15 Credits) - Human Rights in World Politics (15 Credits) - Performance Theory and Practice (Drama) (30 Credits)
*please note that this is an indicative list and course modules may vary from year to year.
After working as a journalist online, in print and on radio for four years, I wanted to find out more about the dynamics and nuances of conflict and post-conflict situations. I was particularly interested in what happened after ceasefires had been agreed – how does life carry on? What do people do to help themselves and their society recover from conflict?
I applied to study for an MA in Peacebuilding at HCRI because I wanted to develop a better – and more critical – understanding of the theories, practices and processes of peacebuilding.
I researched a number of different courses, and HCRI received the best recommendations from people in the field, primarily on the strength of the staff. I'm particularly enjoying the multidisciplinary aspect of the course; being able to take modules from different schools has been really interesting. I hope that the course will prove invaluable in my future work as a journalist, as well as opening up different opportunities for further research.
An Upper Second Class Bachelor's degree or the overseas equivalent although each application is judged on its own merits and exceptions to this entry requirement may be made.
Recipient: University of Manchester
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