War to Peace Transitions

Key information

Start date
End date
Term 1
Module code
FHEQ Level
Department of Development Studies

Module overview

This is a lecture and tutorial based module.  Tutorials involve group presentations by students and require a commitment to independent work, as well as collaboration in a small group.

The module 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 module 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 module


The module aims to give students the analytical tools and case study knowledge to be able to make informed assessments of experiences and policy proposals for war to peace transitions and post-conflict reconstruction. It aims to be intellectually challenging and also to give students knowledge that will help them in the labour market-especially given the increasing significance in recent years of post-conflict reconstruction programmes and interventions.

The module aims to develop in the students the capacity for mature and speedy "finding out", teamwork, and presentation: this we will do through a teaching approach that does without lectures and relies on seminars in which small groups will present and lead discussion each week.




Teaching takes place through a weekly 1 hour lecture and 1 hour tutorial.


Method of assessment

100% coursework. Each student will be expected to submit:

  • Essay Question and Plan (500 words) (30%)
  • Essay (2,500 words) (70%)

Resubmission of coursework deadlines apply.



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