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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Resolving and Managing Conflict
Module Code LG533
School School of Law & Government
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Walt Kilroy
Semester 2: Walt Kilroy
Autumn: Walt Kilroy
Module TeachersWalt Kilroy
John Doyle
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

To examine the different experiences of attempts at successful and unsuccessful conflict resolution, management and prevention strategies To introduce students to the major theoretical works of conflict escalation, and resolution, in particular looking at the debates on the causes of conflict, the timing of mediation intervention and consociationalism as a form of solution To explore through case studies a number of post cold war peace processes To discuss the different methodological approaches to the analysis of conflict resolution strategies.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the most prominent theories of conflict resolution
2. Apply theories of conflict resolution to case studies
3. Communicate in a clear and precise manner the nature of an individual conflict and what different theories suggest about its potential resolution

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture12No Description
Seminars12No Description
Independent Study226independent reading, research and writing
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Introduction to theories of Conflict Escalation, Prevention, Resolution, Management and Transformation

Theories of Conflict Escalation and de-escalation. Greed versus Grievance as explations of conflict. Political economy versus other approaches to analysis

Consociational Theory and the work of A. Lijphart

Theories of Ripeness - can we identify when best to intervene? The work of Zartman

The role of the UN

The evoluition of peacekeeping

The evolution of European Security

Conflict Prevention - can we accurately predict and prevent escaltion ? The work of Ted Gurr and Barbara Harff

Mediation and peace agreements - Northern Ireland, Cyprus

Traditional Peacekeeping - UNIFIL (and Liberia ?)

Peace Enforcement Missions - Somalia, (and Bosnia?)

Armed Intervention - Kosovo

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
EssayEssay One30%
Oral ExaminationClass based oral presentations20%
EssayEssay 2 - with potential for free choice of cases50%
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Bellamy: 2004, Understanding peacekeeping, Polity, 0745630588
  • Oliver Ramsbotham, Tom Woodhouse and Hugh Miall: 2005, Contemporary conflict resolution, Polity, 9780745632131
  • Peter Wallensteen,: 2007, Understanding Conflict Resolution, Sage, 9781412928595
Other Resources

5570, Weekly readings from articles and policy websites , 0, Weekly readings,
Programme or List of Programmes
MISCMA in International Security & Conflict
Date of Last Revision31-AUG-05

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