Introduction to Conflict Management
Nelson Mandela University
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Area of Study
Peace and Conflict, Political Science
Taught In English
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Host University Units6
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits0
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units0
Hours & Credits
This module will provide students with an overview and basic understanding of the role of conflict in society, the most important scholarly approaches and theories, and a general overview of the negotiation process.
On completion of this module, the student will:
-view conflict from a new perspective on its social utility;
-be familiar with the various scholarly explanations of social conflict;
-be familiar with the different types of conflict that operate in society;
-have an understanding of the various manifestations of conflict in political context, and the specific strategies commonly used to combat these;
-be familiar with the variety of conflict management strategies available;
-demonstrate an understanding of the main negotiation strategies.
The Nature of Social Conflict.
Conflict in the Social Sciences:
Bases of Social Conflict.
Introduction to Conflict Management.
Negotiation, facilitation and mediation.
Macro-Political Conflict Management:
-Politically Marginalised groups.
1 x 2-hour examination, 50% class mark + 50% examination mark.