Peace and Conflict Studies III

Course - first cycle - 61-90 credits

Syllabus for students spring 2017, spring 2016, spring 2015

Course Code:
FK103L revision 2
Level of specialisation
G2E
Main fields of study:
Peace and Conflict Studies
Language:
English
Date of ratification:
09 April 2014
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
19 January 2015
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
21 December 2012

Entry requirements

Prerequisite courses for this course are: Passed courses: FK101E-Peace and Conflict Studies I and FK102E-Peace and Conflict Studies II or FK101S-Peace and Conflict Studies I and FK102S-Peace and Conflict Studies II.

Purpose

The course objective is for students to develop advanced knowledge and skills in Peace and Conflict Studies. Students will further develop their ability to identify and critically analyze key problems and issues in peace and conflict studies, which mainly is done by writing a bachelor thesis.

Contents

The course consists of two modules:

1. From Theory to Research Outcomes in Peace and Conflict Studies (15 hp)
The first module covers the research process within peace and conflict studies and is a continuation of previous training in theory and method. The module addresses epistemology and research methodology and includes practical exercises and discussions on research ethics.

2. Bachelor Research Project (15 hp)
The second module consists of individual essay writing as well as a critical examination of the work of another student and the defence of ones own thesis. Essay topic is to be chosen in the cooperation with responsible supervisor. The essay writing is carried out in close cooperation with the supervisor.

Learning outcomes

The course consists of two modules with the following learning outcomes:

1. From Theory to Research Outcomes in Peace and Conflict Studies (15 hp)
After completing the module the student will have
1. a deeper and wider understanding of methods and methodologies with relevance for peace and conflict studies;
2. a deeper and wider understanding of the research process including a deeper understanding of how the choice of research question, method, and empirical data affects the research outcome;
3. a deeper capability to assimilate and to critically assess methodological aspects of academic texts;
4. a deeper capability to employ methods in practice

2. Bachelor Thesis (15 hp)
After completing the module the student will
1. have a deeper ability to independently conduct and complete an academic thesis with relevance for peace and conflict studies;
2. have the ability to complete a bachelor thesis within strict time frames;
3. be able to organize an academic text and have the ability to use academic formalities and master academic language;
4. have a deeper capability to independently analyse and adopt a critical position towards research development within peace and conflict studies;
5. have a deeper capability to present, scrutinize, and defend an independent academic work on Bachelor level within peace and conflict studies

Learning activities

The course is designed for full-time study. The majority of the student’s workload consists of independent study.
Students are responsible for keeping up the reading and for coming prepared to each class. Students are expected to take their own initiatives to form reading groups.
Students who have not submitted a passing bachelor thesis cannot be guaranteed further supervision.
The teaching in the first module is in the form of lectures and seminars. Teaching in the Bachelor thesis module consists of tutorials, seminars, and lectures.

Assessments

1. From Theory to Research Outcomes in Peace and Conflict Studies (15 hp)
Learning outcome 1 and 2 are assessed by means of a formal exam (7.5 hp). Learning outcome 4 is assessed by means of four assignments (1 hp each, pass is the only grade given) that are prepared in seminars. Learning outcome 1-4 are assessed by means of a take home exam (3.5 hp) at the end of the module.

2. Bachelor Thesis (15 hp)
Learning outcomes 1 and 4 are assessed by means of essay writing (12 hp). Learning outcome 5 is assessed by means of critical evaluation of another student’s bachelor thesis as well as the defense of ones own (3 hp).

In order to achieve a passing grade on the course in its entirety, the grade of Pass is required for each examination.

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

1. From Theory to Research Outcomes in Peace and Conflict Studies (15 hp)
  • Chambliss, D. F. and R. K. Schutt (2010) Making Sense of the Social World: Methods of Investigation (3rd edition). Los Angeles: Pine Forge Press.
  • Creswell, J. W. 2007) Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design, Choosing Among Five Approaches (2nd edition). Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications.
  • Creswell, J. W. 2009. Research Design, Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods Approaches (3rd edition). Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications.
  • Höglund, K. and M. Öberg (eds) (2011) Understanding Peace Research, Methods and Challenges. London: Routledge.

Articles will be added to this list.

Reference literature
  • Bloor, M. and F. Wood (2006) Keywords in Qualitative Methods: A Vocabulary of Research Concepts. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications.
  • Jupp, V. (2006) The Sage Dictionary of Social research Methods. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications.

Course evaluation

The University provides students who participate in or who have completed a course with the opportunity to make known their experiences and viewpoints with regards to the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarize the results of course evaluations as well as informing participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures initiated in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).

Interim rules

If a course is no longer offered or has undergone major changes, students will be offered two re-take sessions based on the syllabus in force at registration during a period of one year from the date of the implementation of the changes.