Conflict and Reconciliation

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Conflict and Reconciliation

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Anthropology, Peace and Conflict Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ANTH 101 or 102; 20 further pts from Part A of the BA Schedule

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    This course focuses on approaches anthropologists use to investigate the causes, conduct and resolution of contemporary conflicts. We will explore concepts and processes that inform events such as the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia, the 1994 massacres in Rwanda, and violence between Nuer and Dinka in Sudan. Then we will turn the processes of resolution from story-telling, rituals and traditional courts to truth and reconciliation commissions and formal tribunals. 100% internal assessment. This course will include an optional film series, which runs after the lecture on Mondays, from 5:00-7:00pm.

    Course learning objectives
    On successfully completing this course students should be able to:
    1. understand approaches to conflict and its resolution used by anthropologists;
    2. use these concepts and methods to examine contemporary issues;
    3. understand and develop models of conflict and reconciliation situations;
    4. demonstrate skills in critical reading, critical and creative thinking, clear oral and written
    communication, and formulation and support of arguments.

    Models Essay (1200-1500 words) 30%
    Topic Statement for Research Essay (500-1000 words) 5%
    In-class Test (50 minutes) 25%
    Research Essay (2000 words) 40%

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