Peace and Conflict Studies II

Course - first cycle - 31-60 credits

Syllabus for students spring 2014, spring 2013

Course Code:
FK102L revision 1.4
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
Peace and Conflict Studies
Date of establishment:
08 March 2012
Date of ratification:
21 December 2012
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
21 January 2013
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
21 December 2012

Entry requirements

Prerequisite courses for this course are: Passed courses: FK101E-Peace and Conflict Studies I.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

After finishing the course, the student should be able to:

  • demonstrate a broader understanding of analytical methods relating to peace and conflict studies;
  • demonstrate in-depth understanding of the causes, dynamics and resolution of armed conflicts;
  • participate actively in group discussions of theoretical and methodological issues relevant to the subject of peace and conflict studies
  • cooperate in teams to solve a problem/assignment
  • demonstrate knowledge of current conflict scenarios and
  • show knowledge of Malmö University’s perspectives: environment, gender, and migration and ethnicity.

Applying knowledge and understanding

After finishing the course, the student should be able to:

  • demonstrate the ability to investigate armed conflicts independently and as part of a team, by employing the analytical concepts relevant to this field of study;
  • demonstrate the ability to carry out a conflict analysis within given time frames;
  • demonstrate a critical and scientific approach to organized violence
  • apply knowledge of Malmö University’s perspectives to issues pertaining to organised violence and conflict resolution, and
  • present and discuss issues of relevance to peace and conflict studies to and with an audience.

Making judgments and communication skills

After finishing the course, the student:
  • should be have the ability to independently analyse and critically reflect upon research development within the field of peace and conflict studies, as well as participate in basic discussions concerning these issues in subject specific contexts, and
  • has the specialised ability to independently evaluate her/his basic empirical, theoretical and methodological knowledge of peace and conflict and identify his/her need for further competency within the subject.


Peace and Conflict Theory is assessed through a examining seminars, 7,5 credits, and a take home exam, 7,5 credits. Method is assessed by means of take home exams, a number of other written assignments and oral presentations. The Project Work is examined by means of an independent conflict analysis to be carried out in group.

Exams and assignments should be completed within given dead-lines. Written exam and assignments should be linguistically correct and meet normal requirements for source and reference management. Detailed instructions for exams and grading criteria are provided at the start of the module

Students who do not pass the regular course exams have the minimum of two re-sit opportunities. Re-sits follow the same form as the original exams, apart from re-sits for group work, which take the form of individual written and oral assignments.

Course content

The course consists of the following modules:

  • Peace and Conflict Theory (15 credits)
  • Method (7,5 credits)
  • Project Work (7,5 credits)

The first part of the term (15 credits) comprises an introduction to conflict theory wherein causes and development of conflicts as well as their solutions are analysed. Efforts to preclude conflicts are also evaluated.

The second part of the term contains a course dealing with the construction and evaluation of conflict scenarios as well as an independent conflict analysis in the form of a written assignment. Supervision of this assignment includes instruction in methodology.

Learning activities

Lectures, study groups, independent learning, seminars, oral presentations and essays. Essays are supervised and a certain amount of instruction on methodology is included in the supervision.

A student who has not finished the project work during the course, or has not received a passing grade on the project work at the end of the course cannot be guaranteed continued supervision.

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

Peace and Conflict Theory 15 hp

• Appiah, K. A. (1996) “Against National Culture”, English in Africa, Vol. 23, No. 1.
• Azar, E. (1990) The Management of Protracted Social Conflict, Dartmouth. Approx 30 pages.
• Barnett, J. (2007) “Environmental Security and Peace”, Journal of Human Security, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp.4-16
• Call, C. T. & V. Wyeth, eds. (2008), Building states to build peace, Lynne Rienner Publishers
• Connell, R., 2011, Sydteori. Samhällsvetenskapens globala dynamik, Studentlitteratur. (2007) Southern Theory. The Global Dynamics of Knowledge in Social Science, Polity Press. Approx 270 pages.
• Clausewitz, Carl von (1991) On War, Wordsworth.Approx 100 pages.
• Galtung, J. (1969) “Violence, peace, and peace research” Journal of Peace Research, Vol. 6, No. 3., pp. 167-191.
• Galtung, J. (1990) “Cultural peace” Journal of Peace Research, vol. 27, no. 3, pp. 291-305.
• Geschiere, Peter and Francis Nyamnjoh. (2000) ”Capitalism and Autochthony: The Seesaw of Mobility and Belonging,” i Public Culture, Volume 12, No. 2, pp. 423-452
• Hettne, B. (1983) “Peace and Development: Contradictions and Compatabilities” Journal of Peace Research, Vol. 20, No. 4, pp. 329-342.
• Hobbes, T. (1651/2004) Leviathan, Dover Publications. Approx 140 pages.
• Jones, A., 2006, “Straight as a Rule, Heteronormativity, Gendercide, and the Noncombatant Male” Men and masculinities, Vol. 8, No. 4, pp. 451-469
• Kaldor, Mary (2007) New and Old Wars, Stanford University Press (selected parts)
• Kant, I. (2006) Toward Perpetual Peace and Other Writings on Politics, Peace, and History, Yale University Press. Approx 125 pages.
• Kirkegaard, A. (2007) ”It coulden’t be anything innocent: Negotiating gender in patriarchal-racial spaces”, i Kitzio Muchemwa & Robert Muponde, Manning the nation. Father Figures in Zimbabwean literature and society, Weaver Press/Jacana Media, Harare/Cape Town. Approx 12 pages.
• Kinsella, D. och C. L. Carr (2007) The Morality of War, Lynne Rienner Publishers. Approx 400 pages.
• Le Billon, P. (2001) ”The political ecology of war: natural resources and armed conflicts”, in Political Geography, Vol. 20, pp. 561-584.
• Lederach, J. P. (1997, or later) Building Peace: Sustainable Reconciliation in Divided Societies. Washington: United States Institute of Peace Press. Approx 180 pages.
• Mamdani. M. (2002) ‘African states, citizenship and war: a’, in International Affairs, Vol. 78, No. 3, pp. 493-506.
• Mamdani. M. (2007) ‘The Politics of Naming: Genocide, Civil War, Insurgency, London Review of Books, Vol. 29, No. 5.
• Marr, Steve (2012)” 'They Treat Us Like Dogs': Demographic Claustrophobia and the Struggle for Space on the Streets of Gaborone, Botswana, Forthcoming
• Mbembe, Achille and Sarah Nuttall, ”Writing the World from an African Metropolis”, i Public Culture, Fall 2004 16(3): 347-372.
• Paffenholz, T., ed. (2010) Civil society & peacebuilding, Lynne Rienner Publishers
• Ramsbotham, O., H. Miall och T. Woodhouse (2006) Contemporary Conflict Resolution: The Prevention, Management and Transformation of Deadly Conflicts. Second edition. Oxford: Polity Press. (selected parts)
Security Studies. An Introduction (2008) Williams, P. D., (red.) London: Routledge. (selected parts)
• Simic’, O. (2010) Does the presence of women really matter? Towards combatting male sexual violence in peacekeeping operations. In International Peacekeeping (2010) Vol 17, Issue 2, p 188 – 199.
• Simone, Abdou Maliq. (2004) ”People as Infrastructure: Intersecting Fragments in Johannesburg”, i Public Culture, Vol. 16, No. 3, pp. 407-429
• Sorens, J. (2011) ”Mineral production, territory, and ethnic rebellion: The role of rebel constituencies”, i Journal of peace Research, Vol. 48, No. 5, pp. 571-585.
• Swanson, Maynard. (1977) ”The Sanitation Syndrome: Bubonic Plague and Urban Native Policy in the Cape Colony, 1900-1909”, i The Journal of African History, Vol. 18, No. 3, pp. 387-410.
• Tsu, Sun. (2010) The Art of War. Capstone Publishing. Approx 140 pages.
• UNEP (United Nations Environmental Programme). (2009) From Conflict to Peacebuilding: The Role of Natural Resources and the Environment, United Nations. Approx 40 pages.
• Vanderheiden, S. (2011) ”Globalizing Responsibility for Climate Change”, Ethics & International Affairs, Vol. 25, No. 1, pp 65-84.

Literature comprising 500 mages might be added.

Research Methods, (7,5 credits)

• Gee, James Paul (2011) An Introduction to Discourse analysis, Routledge
• May, T. (2001) Social Research, Berkshire: Open University Press
• Nealon, Jeffrey & Searls Giroux, S. (2003) The Theory Toolbox Critical Concepts for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
• Understanding Peace Research. Methods and Challenges (2012). Eds. K Höglund and M Öberg. London: Routledge
Articles and other texts of 200 pages may be added.

Project Work (7,5 credits)

The SAGE Dictionary of Social Research Methods (2006) Jupp, V. (red.) London: Sage Publications
• Walliman, N. (2007) Social Research Methods, Los Angeles: Sage Publications


• Nealon, J och Searls Giroux, S. (2003) The Theory Toolbox Critical Concepts for Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Course evaluation

All students are offered an opportunity to give oral or written feedback at the end of the course. A summary of the results will be made available on the school’s web-pages. The students are also given a possibility to offer feedback for each module.

Student participation takes place through the course council.