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POLS1501 - Introduction to Peace and Conflict Analysis

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This course is designed to introduce students to the burgeoning field of peace and conflict studies (PACS). It is a compulsory course for any student electing to do the major or double-major in PACS. It is also a highly recommended supplement for those pursuing an international relations major. Since the subject and course is interdisciplinary in nature, students from disciplines other than politics and international studies may also find that it fits well with their major field of concentration, especially (but not only) in the fields of law, history, sociology, development studies, journalism, and psychology.

'Introduction to Peace & Conflict Analysis' focuses on the causes of war and violence, the relationship between security and development, human security, the ethical and legal restraints on war, the politics and practice of humanitarian aid, the role of the media in shaping conflict (perception), and the role of international institutions such as the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross. The course will examine contemporary cases such as the Rwandan Genocide, the Arab Spring, the politics behind the media representations of war/peace, the emergency response to the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami, the challenges of rebuilding Afghanistan and Iraq, and the humanitarian disaster in Darfur, among others.

Observe one of Seb's high quality lectures where he immerses his students in 'visuals' through Blackboard and uses PowerPoint and a range of other teaching tools effectively to keep the learners engaged. He demonstrates successful strategies for managing a large class.

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