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TR4004: BETWEEN PEACE AND CONFLICT: SOCIETIES IN TRANSITION (2020-2021)

Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04


Course Overview

This course utilises a range of disciplinary and theoretical approaches to analyse the concept of ‘transition’ as a fundamental condition of world history. It examines this through two related processes: the transition from peace to conflict and from conflict to peace at both a macro and micro level. Topics include how states transition through revolutionary violence or through peaceful means, how individuals are radicalized into terrorist groups or become involved in non-violent movements, and transitions in global institutions, norms and technology that generate local and individual changes.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Luisa Gandolfo

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of International Relations (IR) or Politics (PI) or Sociology (SO)
  • Either Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course utilises a range of disciplinary and theoretical approaches to analyse the concept of ‘transition’ as a fundamental condition of world history. It examines this through two related processes: the transition from peace to conflict and from conflict to peace at both a macro and micro level. Topics include how states transition through revolutionary violence or through peaceful means, how individuals are radicalized into terrorist groups or become involved in non-violent movements, and transitions in global institutions, norms and technology that generate local and individual changes.


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Film Screening during University week16
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 8 - 18

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Take-Home Exam - 30%

Essay (2000 words) - 40%

Recovery and Peacebuiliding Assessment - 30%

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberIn this course students will come to understanding the complex dynamics of transition from conflict to peace (and vice-versa) in a variety of cases.
ConceptualUnderstandIn this course students will learn to analyse and assess the interconnections between complex dynamics within and between cases.
ReflectionEvaluateIn this course students will come to understand their own role in the complex dynamics that generate conflict and peace domestically and internationally.
ReflectionCreateIn this course students will learn to articulate and communicate their own understandings of complex conflict to peace transitions (and vice-versa).
ReflectionCreateIn this course students will learn to actively discuss the interaction of social, political, economic and cultural dynamics in a variety of complex social environments.

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