The Politics of Peace and Conflict

University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Politics of Peace and Conflict

  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Political Science, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    There is a separate registration process to register for this seminar.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    The spread of ethnic conflict, insurgency and other forms of organised violence in recent decades has blurred the line between war and peace. This module introduces students to the principal theories developed to explain the causes of violent conflict and to understand how conflict escalates. It examines the field of conflict resolution, surveying debates on efforts to end violence and make peace. It focuses on mediation and negotiation as methods of conflict resolution and introduces students to key issues in peace and peacebuilding. It focuses primarily on international conflict and ethnonational conflict, with a particular emphasis on the experience of peacemaking and conflict resolution in Ireland and in Israel/Palestine.

    Min./max. no. of students
    : Restrictions apply

    Teaching and learning methods: Series of seminars.

    Method of Assessment: Written assignment (20%); Reading exercises (20%) and end of term essay (3000 words) (60%).

    Core texts: Assigned readings.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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