The overall aim of this course is to provide the student with a basic understanding of the field of Conflict Resolution and its application, both theoretically and practically, to peacekeeping intervention in contemporary international conflicts. The course explores the emergence and development of the academic discipline of Conflict Resolution and its relation to the evolution of peacekeeping. The contributions of Conflict Resolution theory and practise to peacekeeping are identified early on and considered throughout the course. The nature of conflict and the dynamics of contemporary conflict are defined, along with the key concepts and techniques for resolving conflict. The course explores the significant areas that will improve responses to today’s complex emergencies, including conflict analysis and mapping, early warning and conflict prevention, contingency and complementarity approaches, interagency coordination, post-conflict peacebuilding and reconciliation, cultural understanding, and gender awareness.The course focuses predominantly at the international level of conflict and conflict intervention, however, many of the principles and techniques that underlie this level are applicable to other levels of conflict (i.e., interpersonal, intergroup, and intercommunal).
COURSE AUTHOR: Professor Tom Woodhouse held the Adam Curle Chair in Conflict Resolution at the University of Bradford from 1999-2012. He founded the Centre for Conflict Resolution at the University of Bradford in 1990. He has been attached to the Department of Peace Studies since its formation in 1974, when he was appointed as a Research Assistant to the founding Professor, Adam Curle. He retired from his post in October 2012 and currently is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Bradford.
Publisher: Peace Operations Training Institute [12-01-15]