Conflict Analysis: Approaches and Cases
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Course title in Estonian
Konflikti analüüs: lähenemised ja juhtumid
Course title in English
Conflict Analysis: Approaches and Cases
ECTS credits
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lecturer of 2021/2022  Autumn semester
Madli Vain (language of instruction:English)
lecturer of 2021/2022  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
The course focuses on a sub-field of International Relations, conflict studies, and introduces a wide range of theoretical approaches to conflict as well as the application of these theories in the world of practice, covering the post-WII period and particularly the post-Cold War era. It also reviews a number of conflicts that have had a significant impact on the development of both theory and practice of conflict resolution (e.g. Bosnia and Kosovo, Cambodia, Somalia, Liberia, Sierra Leone, East Timor etc.).
Brief description of the course
The course comprises both lectures and readings-based seminars, and offer students an opportunity to select a conflict case study and apply the gained theoretical knowledge to its analysis. The course topics include: theoretical conceptualisations of conflict and violence, conflict resolution and intervention; overview of different ‘generations’ of approaches to addressing conflict (‘conflict management’, ‘conflict resolution’, and ‘contingency’ approaches); contemporary dilemmas of peacebuilding and dilemmas of engaging in conflict; the role of non-state and non-governmental actors and networks of global governance in the field of peacebuilding; applications of these approaches and dilemmas to a selection of case studies and conclusions drawn from that.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- hasknowledge of the main approaches to conflict in IR;
- understands of issues involved in conflict analysis (from theoretical and methodological to practical and ethical);
- has experience in designing case-study based research and ability to analyse a case study through application of theoretical frameworks.
Matthew Crandall