CDSn4009 Conflict Management

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2024
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 8 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
doc. PhDr. Věra Stojarová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Nevio Moreschi (assistant)
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
The course consists of 4 seminar sessions while the pivotal point in the course play the simulations. The students will deal with extensive readings that will be utilized to prepare home assignments, namely position papers.
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
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Course objectives
The students will be confronted with the series of case studies. Depending on the number of the students, we will do either MUN or simulation of local conflicts. Both have similar modus vivendi. Model United Nations – MUN – is a simulation of the UN. The MUN l is designed as a simple and effective way to introduce students to the workings of a crisis/security forum such as the UN SC. Everyone who participates represents, alone or in a small group, a country or organization. Every representative assumes the role of the delegation of the country or organization he/she is representing to the UN, making the conference as realistic as possible. The delegate represents the opinions of the country that he/she is representing and not his/her own. The students are obliged to draft a position paper before the seminar. The aim is to draft and approve the Resolution of the Security Council of the UN. All needed materials will be given to students in advance by a teacher who will lead the session of the SC UN. The course is organized into four blocs, in which the contemporary crisis will be dealt with. Possible topics include: crisis in Ukraine, ISIS, rape of women in DRC etc. The topic will be precised one week prior the session.
Learning outcomes
The student will gain practical skills in negotiating conflict and conflict management.
  • Bloc A: Topic: Rwanda Genocide Literature: (235pp.) • Case instructions: Harvard Law School. Historical Background and General Instructions. Workable Peace: Ethnic Conflict and Genocide in post-colonial Africa. (14 pp). • SIDA: A Strategic conflict analysis for great lake region. 2004. (211 pages.) Bloc B: Topic: Indigenous rights in Guatemala Reading: (264 pp) • Workable Peace. Indigenous Rights and Environment in Guatemala. Harward Law School. Programme on Negotiation. (12 pages) • Plant, R. Indigenous Peoples and Poverty Reduction: A case study of Guatemala. 1998. (34 pages) • Inter-American Comission on Human Rights. Situation of HR in Guatemala: Diversity, Inequality and Exclusion. 2015. (220 pp) Bloc C: Topic: Religion and Nationalism in Northern Ireland Reading (94pp) • Workable Peace. Religion and Nationalism in Northern Ireland. Harward Law School. Programme on Negotiation. (10 pages) • Holloway, D. Understanding the Northern Ireland Conflict. Summary and Overview of the conflict and its origins. The community dialogue, critical issues series, volume three. 2005. (28 pages) • Wolff, S. Conflict management in Northern Ireland. In: International Journal on Multicultural Societies, Vol. 4, No.1., UNESCO 2002. (30 pages) • Archick, Kristin. Northern Ireland. The Peace Process. Congressional Research Service 2015. (26 pages) Bloc D: Topic: Izrael/Palestine and FINAL DEBRIEFING – reflection on the theoretical readings Reading: (113 pp) • Harvard Law School: The future of Hebron. Workable peace: managing conflict in the Middle East. (25 pp) • Beinin, J. –Hajjar, L. Palestine, Israel and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Primer. MERIP 2014 (16 pages) • History of the Izraeli-Palestinian conflict. POV 2001. (10 pages) • Lintl, P. Actors in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Interests. Narratives and the Reciprocical effects of the occupation. SWP Berlin 2018. At (64 pp)
    required literature
  • TROMPENAARS, Fons and Charles HAMPDEN-TURNER. Riding the waves of culture : understanding diversity in global business. Revised and updated third ed. New York: McGraw-Hill. ix, 389. ISBN 9780071773089. 2012. info
  • Transcend and transforman introduction to conflict work. Edited by Johan Galtung. London: Pluto Press. ix, 189 p. ISBN 9781849642316. 2004. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, group projects, workshops
Assessment methods
Your final grade will be based on: - Drafting the papers (28 pages) max. 16 points (4 points per paper) - Taking part in the simulations – max. 16 points (4 points per ACTIVE participation) - Exam – open questions, max 18 points
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2020, Autumn 2021, Autumn 2022, Autumn 2023.
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