Introduction to Conflict Management

Nelson Mandela University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Conflict Management

  • Host University

    Nelson Mandela University

  • Location

    Port Elizabeth, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Peace and Conflict Studies, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    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:
    -Pre-Psychological approaches.
    -Psychological Approaches.
    -Sociological Approaches.
    Conflict Types.
    Bases of Social Conflict.
    Conflict Dynamics.
    Introduction to Conflict Management.
    Negotiation, facilitation and mediation.
    Macro-Political Conflict Management:
    -The State.
    -Politically Marginalised groups.

    Evaluation criteria
    1 x 2-hour examination, 50% class mark + 50% examination mark.


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