Netherlands, Utrecht

Contemporary and International Conflict Management

when 16 July 2012 - 27 July 2012
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 865

This course aims to enhance your understanding of violent conflict and conflict management. The course deals with the recent cases of Gaza, the DRC and Sri Lanka as illustrative examples, but also refers to other conflicts around the world. You will learn to map and analyse contemporary conflict, and be introduced to theories that attempt to explain armed conflict. All this serves to sharpen your conceptual and analytical capacities and to familiarise yourself with a number of pertinent issues and tools in conflict analysis and policy planning.

Thematically, we discuss the politics of identity formation. There are also special sections on conflict studies and human rights, as well as on religion and conflict, as religion is increasingly considered to be an important conflict factor. We discuss how particular discourses elevate certain issues into a security problem by explaining the notion of securitisation and particular ‘frames’ on violence. Throughout the lectures we introduce policy approaches and instruments to deal with conflict and/or attain peace. Attention is also paid to post-conflict themes, such as the effects of political and military power-sharing between former belligerents and attempts to reach societal reconciliation and justice in the wake of civil war

On the last day we do a scenario exercise that teaches you to assess the possible future scenarios of the security situation in Sri Lanka where a 25-year war was ended in 2009 by the defeat of the Tamil Tigers: whether a peace process will evolve or whether there will be a resurgence of violence in future. It also gives you a methodology to think creatively in terms of conflict analysis and policy.

All participants receive a reader with the course literature at the beginning of the course. It contains a number of theoretical articles as well as a section with reading on the DRC and Sri Lanka cases. The lecturers giving this Summer Course are attached to the Centre for Conflict Studies of Utrecht University

Course leader

Prof. dr. Georg Frerks

Target group

The programme is especially designed for second and third year undergraduate students interested in contemporary conflict and in policies and practices of international conflict management. The course builds upon on the humanities and social sciences, but is also fitting for interested students from related or other disciplines.

Course aim

The aim of this course is to provide the student with a state-of-the art introduction on contemporary conflict, to review existing explanatory approaches and major policies and instruments of international conflict management.

Credits info

3 EC
Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 865: Course + course materials + housing


Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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