The PECOS Programme Council meeting May 23rd 2018
Elisabeth Bakke, Anne Julie Semb, Siri Marie Aamodt, Torunn Lise Tryggestad, Emil Andreas Fæste Klashaugen, Leonor Toscano and Siv Håberg
Not present: Sunniva Engh and Hanne Hagtvedt Vik
Item 1/18 – Resolution for new programme structure
The Faculty of Social Sciences has decided that The Master's Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies will continue as a political science program. Elisabeth presented the changes in the programme structure from 2019/2020. For students admitted in 2019, the programme will consist of mandatory courses worth 55 ECTS credits, optional courses worth 20 ECTS credits, and a master’s thesis worth 45 ECTS credits (see attachment for details).
Resolution: The Programme Council approved the new programme structure.
Item 2/18 – Joint seminar with students from Uppsala, autumn 2018
As a follow-up on a joint seminar with students from Uppsala University in 2016, when PECOS students went to Sweden, a new joint seminar is planned in Oslo for the autumn semester. The date is set to 16-18 November. The seminar was discussed at a meeting in May at Voksenåsen, Centre for Swedish-Norwegian Cooperation, with participation from PECOS (Elisabeth Bakke and Falk Eidsvold Tøien), the Swedish embassy, Uppsala University, PRIO, the Norwegian Nobel Institute, (NOREF Norwegian Centre for Conflict Resolution), and Voksenåsen. Elisabeth informed about preliminary plans for the joint seminar, which will be held partly at Voksenåsen, and financed by Voksenåsen and the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Item 3/18 – Proposed meeting dates
Meetings in the next semester (autumn 2018):
- September 13th, 12.15-14 pm.
- November 15th, 12.15-14 pm.
Any other business 4/18
The students asked for better information on internship. They would like to have an information meeting where they can talk to former students who have been on internship and where we focus on what organizations that can be used and not. The Programme Council opened for allowing students to have an internship in research institutions as long as the practical work experience is not research related. We will update our webpage regarding this, and create individual contracts where the work tasks are listed.
The students believed that the information meeting regarding applying for a supervisor came too late, and next year it will take place at the end of May.
Attachment: Item 1/18 – Resolution for new programme structure:
The Master's Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies spans four semesters, and offers studies of peace and conflict related issues in political science.
- Mandatory courses: 55 ECTS credits
- Optional courses: 20 ECTS credits
- Master’s thesis: 45 ECTS credits
- PECOS4010 - Conflict and state building
- PECOS4021 - Research Methods
- MITRA4421 - War, Peace and the Nobel Peace Prize
- PECOS4110 - International Negotiations/Conflict Resolution
- PECOS4022 - Applied Statistics for Peace and Conflict Studies
- PECOS4080 - Design seminar - Political science track
- PECOS4094 - Master's Thesis
Peace and conflict studies
- Master's courses in Political Science offered in English.
Admission to external courses
Teaching and learning methods
The teaching methods at the programme are based on lectures, seminars and workshops.
Forms of examination and assessments
Examination forms at the programme are mainly written, invigilated exams and term paper assignments. The evaluation of the thesis is based on an assessment of the written thesis as well as an oral examination, during which the students will have the opportunity to defend the thesis.
Diploma and degree
This programme leads to the following degree: Master of Philosophy in Peace and Conflict Studies