Conflict and Peacebuilding
This information is for the 2021/22 session.
Dr David Rampton
This course is available on the MSc in Conflict Studies, MSc in Gender, Peace and Security, MSc in Global Politics, MSc in International Affairs (LSE and Peking University), MSc in International Relations, MSc in International Relations (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in International Relations (Research) and MSc in Theory and History of International Relations. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
All students are required to obtain permission from the Teacher Responsible by completing the online application form linked to course selection on LSE for You. Admission is not guaranteed.
This course has a limited number of places (it is controlled access) and demand is typically high.
A basic background knowledge of the subject would be an advantage.
This course is intended for those interested in theoretical and practical approaches to the question of peace, the problems of war, conflict and violence, and responses to them particularly in the form of liberal peacebuilding and statebuilding. The course is divided into three unequal but interconnected parts. The first part examines ideas and debates about the concepts, causes, contexts, dynamics and representations of conflict, violence and war. The second explores and problematises the concept of peace and the nature, meanings and goals of peace and peacebuilding. This leads into the third section which is concerned with a critical engagement with the range of international responses to conflict associated with the discourses and practices of liberal peacebuilding and statebuilding. The seminars explore the nexus between theory and practice. Although the course and its readings are mainly theoretical and conceptual rather than empirical, students are encouraged to apply the ideas to actual cases, past and present. The course reading list has been selected in order to explore the contentions between mainstream and critical (e.g. feminist, postcolonial and poststructural) perspectives.
This course is delivered through a combination of classes and lectures totaling a minimum of 40 hours across Michaelmas and Lent Term. This year, some or all of this teaching will be delivered through a combination of online lectures and in-person classes/classes delivered online. Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6, in line with departmental policy.
The course also features film showings linked to some of the lecture themes, followed by a discussion session. These are normally delivered in-person but may occasionally involve online screening and discussion sessions.
Students will be expected to produce 1 essay in the MT and 1 piece of coursework in the LT.
The MT formative essay up to 2,000 words. The LT essay outline up to 1,500 words.
Jacob Bercovitch, Victor Kremenyuk and William Zartman (eds.) The Sage Handbook of Conflict Resolution (Sage Publications, 2009)
Mark Duffield Global Governance and the New Wars (Zed Books 2014).
Sinisa Malesevic The Sociology of War and Violence (Cambridge University Press 2010).
Edward Newman and Karl DeRouen (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Civil Wars (Routledge, 2016).
Roland Paris and Timothy Sisk (eds.), The Dilemmas of Statebuilding (Routledge 2008).
Oliver Richmond (ed.) Palgrave Advances in Peacebuilding: Critical Developments and Approaches (Palgrave MacMillan UK 2010).
Hugh Miall, Oliver Ramsbotham, and Tom Woodhouse, Contemporary Conflict Resolution: The Prevention, Management and Transformation of Deadly Conflicts, 3rd ed (Polity, 2011).
Essay (40%, 2500 words) in the LT.
Essay (60%, 4000 words) in the ST.
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Important information in response to COVID-19
Please note that during 2021/22 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.
Department: International Relations
Total students 2020/21: 49
Average class size 2020/21: 10
Controlled access 2020/21: Yes
Value: One Unit
Personal development skills
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- Problem solving
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