PECOS4010 - Conflict and state building

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Course content

This course provides an introduction to central theories of conflict, war and peace. Moreover, the course provides an introduction to the relationship between conflict, war and peace and certain phenomena such as a country’s system of government and nationalism.

Both the theoretical premises and the mechanisms that link the explanatory factors to decisions on war and peace will be discussed. To some extent, the empirical support for various theories and hypothesis will be discussed. The course will mainly be taught by political scientists.

Learning outcome

Knowledge

Students will

  • Be familiar with main concepts and definitions associated with studies of conflict, war and peace;
  • Acquire knowledge of main theoretical perspectives and key issues of intra- and international conflict, war and peace;
  • Be introduced to the relationship between conflict, war and peace and key factors such as systems of governance, trade, economic development and nationalism;
  • Be familiar with the empirical support of main theories and hypotheses of conflict, war and peace.

Skills

Students will

  • Acquire understanding of how theories and explanatory factors at different levels can be combined in analyses of conflict and peace
  • Be able to formulate researchable questions and analyse them according to scientific methods of research
  • Develop skills in commenting other students’ work in a constructive manner.

Competences

Students will

  • Acquire general understanding of key factors and mechanisms causing conflict and enabling peace and be able to critically analyse historic and comparative cases of intra- and international conflict, war and peace.

Admission

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Apply for guest student status if you are admitted to another Master's programme.

For incoming students

All Master's courses in Political Science must be registered manually by the Department, they will not appear in Studentweb. Contact your international coordinator at UiO.

Prerequisites

Recommended previous knowledge

Knowledge of research methods.

Teaching

Lectures.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.

Examination

3 hour school exam and term paper.

The term paper must:

The school exam counts more than the term paper. You receive one overall grade. You must pass the term paper and your written examination in the same semester.

Previous exams

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Examination support material

Students may use dictionaries at this exam. Dictionaries must be handed in before the examination. Please read regulations for dictionaries permitted at the examination.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

It is recommended to request an explanation of your grade before you decide to appeal.

Appeal

Explanation

The deadline to request an explanation is one week after the grade is published. For oral and practical examinations, the deadline is immediately after you have received your grade.

The explanation should normally be given within two weeks after you have asked for it. The examiner decides whether the explanation is to be given in writing or verbally.

Ask for an explanation

Resit an examination

If you are sick or have another valid reason for not attending the regular exam, we offer a postponed exam later in the same semester.

See also our information about resitting an exam.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course

Credits

10

Level

Master

Teaching

Every autumn

Examination

Every autumn

Teaching language

English