The course is intended for students interested in the theoretical and practical approaches of to the question of peace, the problems of conflict and violence, and responses to them. The course is divided into three unequal parts. The first part explores the changing characterisation of conflicts in the post-Cold War international system and the different functions of conflict. In the second part, students will examine the causes and dynamics of conflict: economic and political grievances; human security; nationalism, ethnicity and identity; the role of gender, culture and environmental change in conflict. The course will also introduce students the political economy of war, warlordism and the functions of patrimonialism in building political power in fragile states. The last part of the course is concerned with theories of peace, the differing concepts and accounts of peace theory and how peace is secured.
After the course student: