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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Conflict, Security and Peacebuilding
Module Code LG534
School School of Law & Government
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Gezim Visoka
Semester 2: Gezim Visoka
Autumn: Gezim Visoka
Module TeachersGezim Visoka
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This module examines substantially key conceptual and practical aspects underpinning contemporary conflict, security practices, and peacebuilding interventions in conflict-affected societies peacekeeping and peace-making. The first part of the module examines the changing dynamics of inter-state conflicts and civil wars in a transitional international order. The second part of the module looks at different approaches to maintaining international security, ranging from preventive diplomacy to military interventions. The third part of the module looks at the efforts, achievements, and failures of the international community to build a sustainable peace and rebuild a viable state in conflict-affected societies. The module covers main theoretical and conceptual aspects undermining conflict, security, and peacebuilding, as well as uses case studies and engages with policy practices.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand thoroughly the changing dynamics of inter-state and civil wars in an transitional world order
2. Critically assess the toolbox of approaches and responses to maintain international security and deal with crisis situations
3. Develop reflexive understanding of peacebuilding in theory and practice
4. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of case studies and policy processes covered in this module
5. Apply the knowledge acquired in this module to new cases as well to other related debates in international relations and security studies.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars30Class seminars
Independent Study226Reading preparation and submission of assessments
Total Workload: 256

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

Violence, Conflict, and War

Global Insecurity and Civil Wars

Traditional and Non-Traditional Security

UN Preventive Diplomacy and Peacekeeping

Humanitarian Intervention and Responsibility to Protect

International Mediation and Conflict Resolution

Top-down Peacebuilding

Bottom-up Peace Formation

Transitional Justice and Reconciliation


Future of peace, conflict and security

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
EssayA 4,000 words essay based on a list of essay titles provided at the beginning of semester.75%n/a
ParticipationClass discussion25%n/a
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

  • Oliver P. Richmond: 2014, Failed Statebuilding: Intervention, the State and the Dynamics of Peace Formation, Yale University Press,
  • Alan Collins: 2016, Contemporary Security Studies, 4th, Oxford University Press,
  • Gëzim Visoka: 2016, Peace Figuration after International Intervention: Intentions, Events and Consequences of Liberal Peacebuilding, Routledge,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
IMSISSIntnl. Master Security Intelligence
MIRMA in International Relations
MISCMA in International Security & Conflict
Date of Last Revision13-JUN-11

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