Peace and Conflict Studies

Programme - first cycle - 180 credits

Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2018

Programme Code:
SGFRE revision 6.1
Language:
English
Date of establishment:
15 March 2012
Date of ratification:
29 September 2016
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
28 August 2017
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
29 September 2016

Entry requirements

General entry requirements + Civics 1b / 1a1 +1a2. Or: Civics A, English B.

Organisation

The undergraduate programme comprises six semesters and leads to a bachelor’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies.

The aim of the programme is to allow students to develop an understanding of systemic as well as grass root level perspectives on organised violence, conflict resolution and the concept peace.

In the three semesters of peace and conflict studies (I, II and III) conventional theories of the field are discussed. This includes, among other things, conflict analysis and conflict theory and method. The last semester of the programme includes a bachelor's thesis.

In semester three the programme includes the course Civil Society Actors in Local, National and International Contexts as well as Project Management and Methods in Zones of Conflict. These two courses make up the profile of the programme. The courses deal with the role of civil society and its conflicts as well as its relations to other actors locally and globally. Civil society is consequently discussed in relation to its surrounding international and political-economic society. The working methods, possibilities and problems in different contexts are in focus.

In semester four and five the students study elective courses. It is possible to study at other universities in Sweden and abroad. In semester five, an internship is allowed in a workplace that is adjudged relevant for the programme, for instance at a governmental agency or organisation.

Content

Courses

For programme with start Autumn 2018:
Autumn 2018 - Semester 1
Spring 2019 - Semester 2
Autumn 2019 - Semester 3
Spring 2020 - Semester 4
  • -
Autumn 2020 - Semester 5
  • -
Spring 2021 - Semester 6

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding
In order to receive a bachelor's degree in Peace and Conflict Studies, the student shall:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis in the field of peace and conflict studies, knowledge of the field's central issues and its applicable methods ;
  • demonstrate in-depth knowledge of conflict analysis, conflict resolution, conflict prevention and the history and cultural context of organised violence;
  • demonstrate a general sense of current research issues within peace and conflict studies;
  • demonstrate in-depth knowledge of current research within peace and conflict studies; and
  • demonstrate knowledge of Malmö University’s core perspectives: the environment, migration, and ethnicity.

Applying knowledge and understanding
In order to receive a bachelor's in Peace and Conflict Studies, the student shall:
  • demonstrate an ability to independently seek, gather and critically interpret information, for instance through independent conflict analysis and report writing;
  • demonstrate the ability to independently identify, formulate and solve problems and to perform tasks within specified time frames;
  • demonstrate the ability to present and discuss information, problems and solutions in dialogue with different groups, both orally and in writing;
  • demonstrate the skills required to work independently in their chosen field; and
  • demonstrate the skills required to work independently within areas concerning organised violence, armed conflicts and their resolution, either in governmental and international agencies or non-state organisations;

Evaluation and approach

In order to receive a bachelor's degree in Peace and Conflict Studies, the student shall:
  • demonstrate the ability to make assessments in peace and conflict studies, taking into account relevant scientific, social and ethical aspects;
  • demonstrate insight into the role of knowledge in society and into the responsibility of the individual for how knowledge is used;
  • demonstrate insight into how organised violence, armed conflicts and peace work is shaped to local contexts; and to make assessments regrding how these contexts are affected by organised violence, armed conflicts and peace work; and
  • demonstrate the ability to identify needs for further knowledge and ongoing learning.

Degree

Bachelor's degree.

Bachelor of Arts with a major in Peace and Conflict Studies.