Global Approaches to Peace (005ID)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

“There is no way to peace because peace is the only way.” While A.J. Muste’s statement is debatable, we can perhaps agree that there are many different approaches to peace. This module encourages you to explore the various pathways to peace that scholars, practitioners, communities and people have proposed and realized. It begins by providing you with a solid theoretical and historical basis to critical peace and conflict studies scholarship. In the second week, you 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. The first section focuses on understanding inspirations to and different knowledge systems of peace (indigenous and aboriginal worldviews, african cosmologies, religion and spirituality, creative expression). The second section of the course looks at peace movements (feminist, disabled persons, non-violent and violent movements, and environmental activism). 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.


100%: Practical (Workshop)


40%: Coursework (Group presentation, Group submission (written))
60%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 300 hours of work. This breaks down into 33 hours of contact time and 267 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.