This English-language weekly lecture series, which will be offered on-site, is offered each winter semester, alternating with the lecture series “Understanding Peace and Conflict”, It introduces students to the basics of international conflict management and resolution. Whereas the “Understanding Peace and Conflict” lecture series focuses mainly on the conflict parties themselves, this lecture series draws attention to “third parties” and their efforts to manage or even resolve inter- and intra-state conflict.
The lecture series will start with delineating the terminology of the field and discuss the major actors, goals and instruments of conflict management. Afterwards, we will look at the basic concepts and instruments one by one: crisis prevention, international mediation, sanctions, military intervention, post-conflict peacebuilding and transitional justice / reconciliation. We will mainly try to grasp the state of the art on these concepts and instruments of conflict management. Illustrations serve to better understand them. A more in-depth reflection of individual instruments or cases is reserved for the seminars. A presentation on counter-terrorism and / or counter-insurgency by an external expert will complement the class.
It makes a lot of sense to attend also the complementary lecture series “Understanding Peace and Conflict”, preferable before this one. However, you will be able to follow the class without that.
This lecture series is designed for Bachelor and Master students in Political Science and other disciplines, including our Master International Organisation and Crisis Management (IOCM). Students of the IOCM are obliged to take this class. Places are not restricted.
Students need to pass the final exam successfully. Bachelor and Master students will get different assignments.
The university rules for Covid prevention will be adhered to.
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