Peace Processes and Post-Conflict Reconstruction
Module code: 996M9
Level 7 (Masters)
30 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Essay
This module examines peace processes and post-conflict reconstruction within the context of transformations and continuities in international politics. This involves:
- Analysing a number of individual peace processes and post-war reconstruction efforts, in each case examining them in their full local specificity, as well as within the context of international (or global) political, economic and social transformations;
- Undertaking some comparative analysis of these individual peace processes and post-war reconstruction efforts, again within the context of international (or global) change;
- Considering, at a more general level, how and why practices of peacemaking have changed over time, and been structured by broader patterns of politics and society, ie.undertaking an international historical sociology of peacemaking;
- Considering, conversely, how practices and experiences of peacemaking have contributed to the shaping and reshaping of international orders;
- Analysing peace processes and reconstruction through the lens of theoretical debates in peace studies, conflict resolution, international relations and global political economy.
Module learning outcomes
- A comprehensive knowledge of underlying concepts, principles and practices of contemporary peace processes and post-conflict reconstruction.
- A systematic understanding of the recent history of, and basic issues at stake in, a number of post-Cold War peace processes.
- The capacity to understand and evaluate contending explanations and theories of peacemaking and peace processes.
- The ability to evaluate and develop critiques of contemporary peacemaking practices.