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Department of Development Studies

War to Peace Transitions (MSc Research for International Development)

Course Code:
15PDSH046
Unit value:
0.33
Taught in:
Term 1

This course is only available to students enrolled on the MSc Research for International Development programme.

This course is a seminar-based course with no lectures. It is, therefore, aimed at students with a high degree of commitment to independent work. Students make detailed presentations in collaboration in a small group and discussion, with the intervention of teachers, develops around these presentations.

The course aims to provide students with a knowledge of the main issues and debates in the burgeoning literature on conflict resolution, peace building, DDR programmes (disarmament, demobilisation, and reintegration), and post-conflict reconstruction. The course encourages a critical perspective on the literature, on the local, national and regional politics of war to peace transitions, and on international interventions (which, for example, are often influenced by what has been tagged the ‘liberal peace’ perspective).

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the end of the course, students should be able to demonstrate:

  • An understanding of the historical continuities between earlier and contemporary war to peace transitions;
  • An ability to critically engage with current literature and policy debates on war to peace transitions;
  • The ability to relate the literature and policy debates to detailed case studies of various war to peace transitions;
  • Critical analytical capabilities, through the intensive seminar mode and improved presentation skills.

Workload

Teaching takes place through a weekly 2 hour seminar – there are no lectures.

Method of assessment

50% examination and 50% coursework. Each student will be expected to submit one essay of no more than 4000 words, worth 50%. Resubmission of coursework deadlines apply.