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SO4070: PEACE, CONFLICT AND SOCIETY (2022-2023)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:21


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

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

Yes

One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.


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.


Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 2 Lectures during University weeks 8 - 18
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 9 - 18

More Information about Week Numbers


Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Essay (2000 words) - 30%

Recovery and Peacebuiliding Assessment (2000 words) - 30%

2x essays (2000 words each) - 30% (15% each)

Discussion boards (500 words max) - 10%

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

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

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