MA Peace and Conflict Studies
Year of entry: 2021
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Course unit details:
Peace and Social Agency, Security and Intervention: Theories and Practices
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
This module concentrates on the key theoretical and conceptual constructs that can help us understand peace-related interventions (e.g. peacebuilding, peacekeeping, mediation in peace negotiations) and local peace agency in a wider context. The module will introduce students to key pieces of literature and place an emphasis on the critical deconstruction of ideas and structures. In keeping with the critical ethos that is associated with Peace and Conflict Studies in Manchester, strong emphasis will be placed on issues of power, agency and bottom-up approaches to peace. In this course, we will concentrate on both, the agency that people and communities have in building peace, and on questioning the peace that is rolled out for them as part of international intervention in their various forms. Different types of interventions will be critically discussed to highlight their limitations and the power relations that characterise them.
By the end of this course, students should be able:
- interrogate key concepts and theories in peace and conflict studies.
- consider the nature of power and agency in relation to peace, conflict and resistance.
- engage critically with relevant literature and the most important thinkers in Peace and Conflict Studies.
- comprehend the shortcomings and political implications of external interventions (e.g. peacekeeping, peace mediation, peacebuilding)
- consider the tensions and complementarities between bottom-up and top-down approaches to building peace.
- understand how the thinking in Peace and Conflict Studies has changed throughout its different generations.
- use the theoretical and conceptual knowledge acquired in this module as a foundation for the semester 2 core module that will look at research methodologies and case studies.
- demonstrate improved teamwork, writing, presentation and research skills.
Teaching and learning methods
The module will be delivered in ten two-hour blocks of teaching. In the first three seminars, the convener will introduce the underlying driving forces and revolutionary dynamics. As of week 4, students will be involved in the dissemination of knowledge through group presentations.
|Written assignment (inc essay)||85%|
Weighting within unit
A detailed weekly reading schedule is laid out in the handbook. The following are general texts that should give you an idea of the scope of the field:
- Richmond, R., Pogodda, S. and J. Ramovic (2016) The Palgrave Handbook of Disciplinary and Regional Approaches to Peace (Houndmills: Palgrave)
- Richmond, OP (2020) Peace in International Relations (London: Routledge)
- Rambotham, O., H. Miall and T. Woodhouse eds. (2011) Contemporary Conflict Resolution (London: Polity).
- Richmond, OP ed., (2010) Palgrave Advances in Peacebuilding: Critical developments and approaches (Houndmills: Palgrave).
- Shepherd, Laura J (2017) Gender, UN Peacebuilding and the Politics of Space: Locating Legitimacy (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
- UN (1992) An Agenda for Peace (New York: United Nations).
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|Sandra Pogodda||Unit coordinator|