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PEAC502 Conflict Analysis and Conflict Resolution Theory

An advanced introduction to the study of some of the main theoretical frameworks, concepts and lines of debate employed in peace studies for the analysis of violent conflict at the interpersonal, group, national and international levels.

Paper title Conflict Analysis and Conflict Resolution Theory
Paper code PEAC502
Subject Peace and Conflict Studies
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period(s) First Semester, Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,929.25
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,500.00

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Restriction
PEAC 402
Limited to
MPCS
Paper Structure
The introduction to the paper explores some of the key concepts and lines of debate within peace studies, such as the purpose of theory and the normative status of peace research. This is followed by the first main section, which examines some of the primary approaches to understanding conflict and violence, including issues such as human aggression theory, relative deprivation, capitalist inequality, ethnic identity and the social construction of political violence. The second part of the paper examines some of the main approaches to the resolution of conflict, including bilateral and third-party approaches and the United Nations, as well as nonviolence and humanitarian intervention. Assessment is fully internal and includes a book review, a research essay, a group project and a weekly learning log.

The paper will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction - What is conflict theory for?
  • Key concepts - peace, violence, conflict transformation
  • Origins of conflict - war, aggression, human needs and relative deprivation
  • Origins of conflict - imperialism, capitalism and class conflict
  • Origins of conflict - identity, ethnicity and religion
  • The social construction of war and violence
  • Resolving conflict - radical disagreement and dialogue
  • Resolving conflict - third-party intermediaries
  • Peacekeeping, humanitarian intervention and nonviolent peace forces
  • Liberal peacebuilding
  • Pacifism and nonviolence
  • Putting theory into practice - responding to terrorism
  • Summary and conclusions - the future of peace studies
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
  • Explain the main theories and approaches in the development of peace and conflict research
  • Explain the key lines of debate on the causes and resolution of conflict and violence
  • Understand and explain some of the key challenges of contemporary peace-making and conflict resolution
  • Demonstrate critical skills in conflict analysis and theory
  • Demonstrate argumentation, analytical and writing and presentational skills
  • Make theoretically informed and empirically based arguments
Eligibility
Suitable for graduates of all disciplines interested in issues of war, violence and the peaceful resolution of conflict, as well as professionals and interested members of the public
Contact
peaceandconflict@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Dr Mariska Kappmeier
Teaching Arrangements
Weekly three-hour seminars combining seminar-style discussions, exercises, interactive activities and problem-based learning
Textbooks
The paper makes extensive use of the following texts:
  • Demmers, J., 2012. Theories of Violent Conflict: An Introduction, Abingdon: Routledge
  • Bercovitch, J., and Jackson, R., 2009. Conflict Resolution in the Twenty-first Century, Michigan University Press
  • Ramsbotham, O., Woodhourse, T., and Miall, H., 2011. Contemporary Conflict Resolution, Cambridge: Polity Press
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 14:00-16:50 9-15, 17-22

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41

An advanced introduction to the study of some of the main theoretical frameworks, concepts and lines of debate employed in peace studies for the analysis of violent conflict at the interpersonal, group, national and international levels.

PEAC 502 is a core course introducing students to some of the main theoretical frameworks employed in peace studies for the analysis and resolution of violent conflict at the inter-personal, group, national and international levels.
In the first part of the paper we will explore key concepts to understand the causes of conflict, and will be asking question such as: How do social identities or religion foment conflict?
The second part of the paper will focus on conflict resolution and how the understanding of these concepts can inform reconciliation and peace building activities. We will reflect on non-violent movements, and also which role gender plays or not plays in peace building. As these concepts aim to explain intergroup conflicts, which are multi-layered phenomena often appearing at the macro level of society, we will discuss the boundaries of each concept and the challenges of how to study them appropriately.
The paper will describe a full cycle: beginning with the outbreaks of conflicts and finishing with their resolution and peace-building through reconciliation processes. It will involve reading materials, discussions, documentaries, simulations and case studies.

Paper title Conflict Analysis and Conflict Resolution Theory
Paper code PEAC502
Subject Peace and Conflict Studies
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Restriction
PEAC 402
Limited to
MPCS
Eligibility
Suitable for graduates of all disciplines interested in issues of war, violence and the peaceful resolution of conflict, as well as professionals and interested members of the public
Contact
peaceandconflict@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Dr Mariska Kappmeier
Teaching Arrangements
Weekly 3-hour seminars combining seminar-style discussions, exercises, interactive activities and problem-based learning.
Textbooks
The paper makes extensive use of the following texts:
  • Ramsbotham, O., Woodhourse, T., and Miall, H., 2011. Contemporary Conflict Resolution, Cambridge: Polity Press
  • Cresswell, J, 2014. Research Design, Thousand Oaks: Sage
    Paper Structure
    Students will develop knowledge and skills The main theories, research and approaches for peace and conflict studies
  • To challenge the often simplistic narratives on how conflicts are reported and gain different tools through which conflicts and peace can be analysed.
  • Gaining an understanding for the broad application of Conflict Resolution principles in our daily lives, personal and professional.
  • Key elements of research methods
  • Laying the foundation
    1. Introduction to Conflict & Conflict Resolution
    2. Understanding Conflict: Frame of Analysis Conflict Analysis:
    3. Understanding Conflict: Social Identity
    4. Understanding Conflict: Social Identity & Religion
    5. Understanding Conflict: Ethos of Conflict
    6. Understanding Conflict: Social Dominance Theory
    7. Conflict Resolution -“ Why and How
    8. Conflict Resolution: Frameworks
    9. Resolving Conflict: Non-Violence
    10. Resolving Conflict: Gender & the role of women
    11. Resolving Conflict: Dialogue I (Problem-Solving Workshop)
    12. Resolving Conflict: Dialogue II (Mediation)
    13. Resolving Conflict: Indigenous Peace Building
    14. Conclusion & Student Presentations
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes
    Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
    • Explain the main theories and approaches in the development of peace and conflict research
    • Explain the key lines of debate on the causes and resolution of conflict and violence
    • Understand and explain some of the key challenges of contemporary peace-making and conflict resolution
    • Demonstrate critical skills in conflict analysis and theory
    • Demonstrate argumentation, analytical and writing and presentational skills
    • Make theoretically informed and empirically based arguments

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    Timetable

    Second Semester

    Location
    Dunedin
    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
    Blackboard

    Lecture

    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend
    L1 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41