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Syllabus 318 2010

Syllabus 318 2010 - IR 318Conflict Resolution and Peace...

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IR 318—Conflict Resolution and Peace Research Dr. Douglas Becker VKC 42A [email protected] Class Time: MWF 12:00-12:50 Office Hours: MWF 1:00-2:00 or by appointment In this course, we will examine the questions of peacekeeping, peacemaking, successful conflict resolution, successful negotiations, and post-conflict reconstructions. We will focus our attention on practical steps taken to ameliorate conflict, with an emphasis on creating peace agreements and peacebuilding measures that will hold. We will use a “stages of conflict” model to emphasize the need for early warning signals and intervention, coupled with the challenge of sovereignty. Our emphasis will be on empirical research. Additionally, this course is part of a two-course sequence in the Peace and Conflict Studies Minor. The other course, IR 310, is a largely theoretical course that examines the causes of war and its continuation. This course’s emphasis is empirical, surveying the tools available to both external and internal actors to avoid war and promote post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation after the war. The courses can be taken in any order, and comprise the core of the minor. The other components are 3 additional classes and a directed internship with an organization working on peace and conflict related issues. If you are interested in examining the minor further, please see me and we can discuss how well it may fit your interests. The grades for this course are as follows: 1 page proposal for paper 5% 15 page policy paper: 35% mid-term: 20% final: 30% class participation: 10%
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