Peace and Conflict Studies

Programme - first cycle - 180 credits

Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2015

Programme Code:
SGFRE revision 3
Date of establishment:
15 March 2012
Date of ratification:
30 August 2012
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
02 September 2013

Entry requirements

General entry requirements + Civics 1b / 1a1 +1a2. Or: Civics A, English B.


The undergraduate programme comprises six semesters and leads to a Bachelor’s degree in Peace and conflict studies.

The aim with the programme is to make the students develop an understanding for systemic as well as grass root level perspectives on organized violence, conflict resolution and the concept peace.

In the three semesters of peace and conflict studies (I, II and III) conventional theories of the field are treated. This includes among other things conflict analysis and conflict theory and method. The last semester of the program includes a BA thesis.

In semester three the course includes Civil society actors in local, national and international contexts as well as Project management and methods in zones of conflict. These two courses make the profile of the programme. The courses concern the role of civil society and its practice conflicts as well as its relations to other actors locally and globally. The civil society is consequently related to its surrounding international and political-economic society. The working methods, possibilities and problems in different contexts are in focus.

In semester four and five the students study elective courses. It is possible to study at other universities in Sweden and abroad. In semester five an internship is allowed in a place of work that is adjudged relevant for the program, for instance a governmental agency or organization.



For programme with start Autumn 2015:
Autumn 2015 - Semester 1
Spring 2016 - Semester 2
Autumn 2016 - Semester 3
Spring 2017 - Semester 4
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Autumn 2017 - Semester 5
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Spring 2018 - Semester 6

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding
A graduate of the Bachelor’s Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies must:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis in the field of peace and conflict studies, knowledge of central its central issues and its applicable methods in peace and conflict studies;
  • demonstrate in-depth knowledge of conflict analysis, conflict resolution, conflict prevention and the history and cultural context of organized violence;
  • demonstrate a general sense of current research issues within peace and conflict studies;
  • demonstrate in-depth knowledge of current research within peace and conflict studies;
  • demonstrate knowledge of Malmö University’s perspectives: the environment, migration, and ethnicity;

Applying knowledge and understanding
A graduate of the Bachelor’s Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies must:
  • demonstrate an ability to independently seek, gather and critically interpret information for instance by independent conflict analysis and report writing;
  • demonstrate an ability to independently identify, formulate and solve problems and to perform tasks within specified time limits, to present and discuss information, problems and solutions in dialogue with different groups, orally and in writing; and - demonstrate the skills required to work independently in the field that the education concerns.;
  • demonstrate an ability that is required to work independently within areas concerning organized violence, armed conflicts and their resolution; in governmental and international agencies or non-state organizations;

Making judgments and communicating perspectives
For a Degree of Bachelor students must
  • demonstrate an ability to make assessments in peace and conflict studies, taking into account relevant scientific, social and ethical aspects;
  • demonstrate insight into the role of knowledge in society and into people’s responsibility for how knowledge is used;
  • demonstrate insight into how organized violence, armed conflicts and peace work is shaped to local contexts; and to make assessments of how these contexts are affected by organized violence, armed conflicts and peace work, and;
  • demonstrate an ability to identify their need of further knowledge and to upgrade their capabilities.


Bachelor's degree.

Kandidatexamen i Freds- och konfliktvetenskap / Bachelor of Arts with a major in Peace and Conflict Studies.