International relations

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.