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INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

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IR 4020 / IR 4520
WAR AND PEACE IN INTERNATIONAL POLITICS
CREDIT POINTS

Course Co-ordinator: Dr J McEvoy

Pre-requisite(s):

Note(s): This course will be available in the second semester of 2012/13 as IR 4520.

The course aims to provide students with an understanding of how conflict between ethno-national groups impacts on international politics. It explores the responses of the international community to inter- and intra-state conflict. Following an initial exploration of the relevant theories, the course investigates focuses on a number of key conflicts in international politics. What explains violent conflict between ethnic groups? What role do external actors play in peace processes? Should the international community intervene to stop violent conflict? What kind of institutional frameworks do external actors promote in peace agreements? What are the challenges of post-conflict reconstruction?

To be taught 'conference style', on a lecture and discussion basis, interspersed with 'team presentations', an 'in-class' essay, and occasional DVD material. There will be 1 two-hour and 1 one-hour classes each week for twelve weeks.

1st Attempt: 1 three-hour examination (60%); one 'in-class' essay (20%); one 'team presentation' (20%).