Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

Global Approaches to Peace

Module 005ID

Module details for 2017/18.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

“There is no way to peace because peace is the only way.” A.J. Muste, While Muste’s statement is debatable, we can perhaps agree that there are many different approaches to peace. This module encourages students to explore the various pathways to peace that scholars, practitioners, communities and people have proposed and realized. It begins by providing students with a solid theoretical and historical basis to critical peace and conflict studies scholarship. In the second week, students will consider what experiencing violence (direct, structural and cultural) does to the human condition and engage in key debates on violence is just and if peace requires violence. The course then moves on to interrogate three themes: Knowing Peace. This section focuses on understanding inspirations to and different knowledge systems of peace (indigenous and aboriginal worldviews, african cosmologies, religion and spirituality, creative expression). Practicing peace. The second section of the course looks at peace movements (feminist, disabled persons, non-violent and violent movements, and environmental activism); Peace Governance. The final part of the course considers the relationship between, peace, and institutions at the local, state and global level (education, media, legal systems and international aid organisations). This module is designed as a student-centred active and experiential learning module.

Module learning outcomes

Gain a deeper understanding and critically evaluate the spectrum of theoretical approaches that exist to explain and categorise approaches to peace, peace and violence with an emphasis on non-traditional and critical theories.

Critically apply the theoretical concepts and ideas from the course to everyday experiences, current events and national and global politics.

Understand, analyse and communicate to others the diverse ways in which people begin to challenge violence and injustice and promote social, political and economic transformation at the global and local level

Utilise the methods and techniques learned in class to extend their knowledge and understanding to initiate and carry out projects with other students and within the community

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
Group written submissionT2 Week 10 62.50%
Group PresentationT2 Week 10 (30 minutes)37.50%
Essay (3000 words)Semester 2 Assessment Week 1 Wed 16:0060.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring SemesterWorkshop3 hours111111111110

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Suda Perera


Dr Elizabeth Mills

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Miss Ellie Margott

Assess convenor

Miss Emilia Roycroft

Assess convenor

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