CDSn4001 Conflict Analysis

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2022
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 8 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
Miriam Matejova, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Otto Eibl, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Věra Stojarová, Ph.D.
Department of Political Science – Faculty of Social Studies
Supplier department: Department of Political Science – Faculty of Social Studies
Tue 13. 9. 12:00–13:40 U33, Tue 20. 9. 12:00–13:40 U43, Tue 27. 9. 12:00–13:40 U43, Tue 4. 10. 12:00–13:40 U43, Tue 11. 10. 12:00–13:40 U43, Tue 18. 10. 12:00–13:40 U43, Tue 25. 10. 12:00–13:40 U43, Tue 1. 11. 12:00–13:40 U43, Tue 8. 11. 12:00–13:40 U43, Tue 15. 11. 12:00–13:40 U43, Tue 22. 11. 12:00–13:40 U43, Tue 29. 11. 12:00–13:40 U43, Tue 6. 12. 12:00–13:40 U43
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
This course examines the causes of conflict and particularly war. It focuses primarily on major interstate war, though the causes of civil war and violent internal/intrastate conflict are also addressed. The course is divided into three main parts. Part I explores the key concepts in the study of conflict, including definitions of conflict (and peace) as well as conflict actors and conflict phases. Part II focuses on major theories, hypotheses, and debates on the causes of war. We conclude the course by examining debates on conflict resolution, war prevention, and the future of war.
Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to: identify and critically evaluate major theories, hypotheses, and debates on the causes of violent interstate conflict and civil war; use theory to better understand and gain insight into the causes of particular conflicts; and use theory and history to design and assess viable policy options for preventing or minimizing the severity of violent conflict.
  • Defining conflict • Conflict actors and phases • International systemic causes of war: balance of power • International systemic causes of war: critiques of balance of power • Hypotheses on military factors as a cause of war • National misperception as a cause of war • Domestic political/social causes of war: governments, economics, biology, and ideology • Causes of civil war • Asymmetric conflicts: rebellion and insurgency • Conflict resolution • Future of war and war prevention
Teaching methods
Lectures, class discussion, online reading summaries and discussion
Assessment methods
Written analytical summaries, written examination
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2020, Autumn 2021, Autumn 2023, Autumn 2024.
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