Peace and Conflict Studies II

Course - first cycle - 31-60 credits

Syllabus for students spring 2019, spring 2018

Course Code:
FK102L revision 5.1
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
Peace and Conflict Studies
Date of ratification:
14 September 2017
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
01 January 2018
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
14 September 2017

Entry requirements

Peace and Conflict Studies 1-30.


The aim of the course is for students to acquire advanced theoretical knowledge and methodological skills in peace and conflict studies. Through project work the students should also develop the ability to independently and critically analyze key issues and problems within the field.


The course consists of three modules:
1. Peace and Conflict Theory (15 hp)
The module covers the central concepts and theories of peace and conflict studies.
2. Method (7.5 hp)
The module covers primary methods and methodological issues of relevance for peace and conflict studies.
3. Project Work (7.5 hp)
The module consists of a project work including a presentation, defense and evaluation of project works.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes
The course consists of three modules with the following learning outcomes:

1. Peace and Conflict Theory (15 hp)
After completing the module the student will
1. have a broader and in-depth understanding of the theories and analytical traditions of peace and conflict studies;
2. have the ability to independently analyse and critically reflect upon the research development within the field of peace and conflict studies;
3. have an in-depth understanding of and the capability to analyse the causes, dynamics and resolution of organized violence and conflicts from different theoretical perspectives;
4. be able to discuss and problematise relevant theories and issues
2. Method (7.5 hp)
After completing the module the student will
1. have a basic knowledge of the connection between scientific problem, research question and the choice of theory and method;
2. have a basic knowledge and understanding of qualitative and quantitative approaches within humanities and social sciences
3. have the capability to formulate a research question and to argue for the use of relevant methods;
3. Project Work (7.5 hp)
After completing the module the student will
1. be able to analyse a conflict by applying relevant theories and methods;
2. be able to cooperate and to complete the project within a strict timeframe;
3. be able to structure an academic text, use academic formalities, and on a basic level master an academic language;
4. have the ability to evaluate and defend an academic text

Learning activities

Learning activities
The course is designed for full-time study. The teaching in each module is mainly lectures and seminars. The majority of the student’s workload consists of independent study.
Students are responsible for keeping up with the reading and coming prepared to each class. Students are expected to take their own initiative to form study groups. All the modules are integrated and can run parallel. Graded seminars are mandatory.
Supervision is only available when the project work module is in session.


1. Peace and Conflict Theory (15 hp)
Learning outcomes 2 and 3 are assessed by means of a take home exam (7.5 hp). Learning outcome 1 and 4 are assessed by means of oral presentations (7.5 hp).

2. Method (7.5 hp)
The module is assessed by means of individual as well as group based examining tasks.
Learning outcome 1-3 are assessed by means of presentations in group (2 hp, pass is the only grade given).
Learning outcomes 1-3 are assessed by means of an individual take home exam (5.5 hp).

3. Project Work (7.5 hp)
The learning outcomes of the module are assessed by means of writing, evaluating and defending a project work. Learning outcome 1, 2, and 3 are assessed by means of writing a project work (6 hp). Learning outcome 4 is assessed by means of critical evaluation of another project work as well as the defense of one’s own project work (1.5 hp).

In order to achieve a passing grade on the course in its entirety, the grade of Pass is required for each examination.

Grading system

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

Course literature and other teaching materials

1. Peace and Conflict Theory (15 hp)
  • Appiah, K. A. (1996) Against National Culture. English in Africa, 23(1), 11-27.
  • Appiah, Kwame Anthony. Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a world of strangers (issues of our time). WW Norton & Company, 2010.
  • Biehl, J. (2001) Vita: Life in the Zone of Social Abandonment. Social Text 19(3): 131-149.
  • Barnett, J. (2007) Environmental Security and Peace. Journal of Human Security, 3(1): 4-16.
  • Call, C. T. & V. Wyeth (eds.) (2008) Building States to Build Peace. Boulder Colo.: Lynne Rienner Publishers.
  • Clausewitz, Carl von (1997) On War. London: Wordsworth. (selected parts)
  • Comaroff, J. and J. Comaroff (2003). Reflections on Liberalism, Policulturalism and ID-ology: Citizenship and Difference in South Africa. Social Identities 9(4): 445-473.
  • Connell, R. W. (2000) The men and the boys, California Uni Press (chapters 2-4, and 12)
  • Detraz, N. (2012) International Security and Gender. Polity Press (chapters 1-3)?
  • Fukuyama, Francis and Michael McFaul. (2008). Should Democracy Be Promoted or Demoted?. Washington Quarterly 31(1): 23-45.
  • Galtung, J. (1969) Violence, Peace, and Peace Research. Journal of Peace Research, 6(3): 167-191.
  • Galtung, J. (1990) Cultural Peace, Journal of Peace Research, 27(3) 291-305.
  • Hettne, B. (1983) Peace and Development: Contradictions and Compatibilities, Journal of Peace Research. 20(4): 329-342.
  • Hobbes, Thomas (1651/2004) Leviathan, London: Dover Publications (selected parts).
  • Holston, James (2009). Insurgent Citizenship in an Era of Global Urban Peripheries. City & Society 21(2): 245-267.
  • Horgan, John. (2012). The End of War. San Francisco: McSweeney’s Books.
  • Jones, A. (2006) Straight as a Rule, Heteronormativity, Gendercide, and the Noncombatant Male, Men and masculinities 8(4): 451-469.
  • Kaldor, Mary (2012) New and Old Wars (third edition). Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • Kinsella, D. och C. L. Carr (eds) (2007) The Morality of War. Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers.
  • Landau, Loren. (2006). Transplants and Transients: Idioms of Belonging and Dislocation in Inner-City Johannesburg. African Studies Review 49(2): 125-145.
  • Le Billon, P. (2001) The Political Ecology of War: Natural Resources and Armed Conflicts. Political Geography 20(5): 561-584.
  • Lederach, J. P. (1997, eller senare) Building Peace: Sustainable Reconciliation in Divided Societies. Washington: United States Institute of Peace Press.
  • Mamdani, M. (2007) The Politics of Naming: Genocide, Civil War, Insurgency, London Review of Books, 29(5).
  • Marr, S. (2012) 'They Treat Us Like Dogs': Demographic Claustrophobia and the Struggle for Space on the Streets of Gaborone, Botswana, African Historical Review 44(xx): 80-108.
  • Paffenholz, T. (ed) (2010) Civil Society and Peace Building, Boulder, Colo.: 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)
  • Scheper-Hughes, N. aand P. Bourgois. (2003) Violence in War and Peace: An Anthology. London: Blackwell Publishers. (selected parts)
  • Simone, A. M. (2004) People as Infrastructure: Intersecting Fragments in Johannesburg. Public Culture 16(3): 407-429.
  • Tsu, Sun. (2010) The Art of War. Chichester: Capstone Publishing.
  • Williams, P. D. (ed) (2008) Security Studies. An Introduction. London: Routledge. (selected parts)
150 pages can be added.
2. Method (7.5 hp)
  • Gee, J. P. (2011) An Introduction to Discourse Analysis. New York: Routledge. selected chapters
  • Höglund, K. and M. Öberg, eds. (2011) Understanding Peace Research. Methods and Challenges. London and New York: Routledge. (e-book Mah library) selected chapters
  • Rose, G. (2001) Visual Methodologies: An Introduction to the Interpretation of Visual Materials. London: Sage. (e-book Mah library) selected chapters
  • Walliman, N. (2011) Research Methods: The Basics. London, New York: Routledge. (e-book Mah library) selected chapters
  • Articles and other texts (200 pages) will be added to this list

  • Jupp, V. (ed) (2006) The SAGE Dictionary of Social Research Methods. London: Sage Publications.
  • May, T. (2011) Social Research, Issues, Methods and Research. Maidenhead: Open University Press. (e-book Mah library)
  • Nealon, J. T. (2012) The Theory Toolbox Critical Concepts for Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. (e-book Mah library) selected chapters
3. Project Work (7.5 hp)
  • Jupp, V. (ed) (2006) The SAGE Dictionary of Social Research Methods. London: Sage Publications.
  • Walliman, N. (2011) Social Research Methods. Los Angeles: Sage Publications.
Reference literature
  • Nealon, J. T. (2012) The Theory Toolbox Critical Concepts for Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. (e-book Mah library)

Course evaluation

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Interim rules

If a course is no longer offered or has undergone major changes, students will be offered two re-take sessions based on the syllabus in force at registration during a period of one year from the date of the implementation of the changes.