DEVT 2003 - Managing Conflict in the Developing World

North Terrace Campus - Winter - 2014

War and conflict is as old a phenomenon as history itself. However, there has been a marked shift in the predominant forms of war in recent decades. While inter-state war appears to be decreasing, civil war has been on the rise, particularly in the developing world. This course analyses the sources of division in these countries, how they manifest structurally within societies, and the factors that can cause them to erupt vio lently into armed conflict or terrorism. The course further examines the policy options that are available to the international community to manage and address these conflicts, and the measures that communities directly affected by conflict can adopt to promote lasting peace. The course has a strong focus on conflict resolution measures and policy options that can be practically implemented. It also incorporates an analysis of specific instances of conflict and international interventions. This course will be of interest to anyone who wishes to develop their knowledge of international development, international relations and conflict resolution, and rid the developing world of war and violence.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code DEVT 2003
    Course Managing Conflict in the Developing World
    Coordinating Unit Anthropology and Development Studies
    Term Winter
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 17 hours per week
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of undergraduate study
    Course Description War and conflict is as old a phenomenon as history itself. However, there has been a marked shift in the predominant forms of war in recent decades. While inter-state war appears to be decreasing, civil war has been on the rise, particularly in the developing world. This course analyses the sources of division in these countries, how they manifest structurally within societies, and the factors that can cause them to erupt vio lently into armed conflict or terrorism. The course further examines the policy options that are available to the international community to manage and address these conflicts, and the measures that communities directly affected by conflict can adopt to promote lasting peace. The course has a strong focus on conflict resolution measures and policy options that can be practically implemented. It also incorporates an analysis of specific instances of conflict and international interventions. This course will be of interest to anyone who wishes to develop their knowledge of international development, international relations and conflict resolution, and rid the developing world of war and violence.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Michael Cornish

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1 Analyse conflicts: to describe and explain the nature of conflict, their key drivers, and their complex interaction
    2 Explain and apply key conflict management approaches
    3 Analyse and describe appropriate policy options available to government and international organisations to respond to conflict, and to judge the appropriateness of these policies
    4 Identify and appraise conflict management policy failures, and suggest adjustments or alternatives
    5 Generate creative and transformative approaches to conflict management
    6 Develop research skills and skills in persuasive oral and written argument including: data collection; interpretation by way of analytical commentary; demonstrated ability to support analysis through empirical evidence and draw critical conclusions; presentation skills
    7 Develop teamwork skills
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-5
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 3, 4, 6
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 5, 6
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 7
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 6
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 3, 4, 5
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 4, 5, 6
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 3, 4, 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    A course reader comprising of all the required and additional readings will be available for purchase from Image and Copy.

    Online Learning
    Course material will be made available on MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course is taught intensively over two weeks and will consist five lecture slots (13 hours total) each week, and two seminar sessions (4 hours total) each week. The seminars aim to encourage discussion on both the theoretical and real-world aspects of the material covered in the lectures and readings, and will have a strong focus on participatory activities.
     
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    This course is taught intensively over two weeks.

    5 x 3-hour lectures per week 30 hours per semester
    2 x 2-hour seminars per week 8 hours per semester
    16 hours reading per week 32 hours per semester
    14 hours research per week 28 hours per semester
    14 hours assignment preparation per week 28 hours per semester
    11 hours practice work per week 22 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    This course is taught intensively over two weeks.
    Schedule
    Week 1 Introduction/causes of conflict/responsibility to protect
    Economy and violence
    The resource curse
    Terrorism and insurgency: Mali
    Terrorism and insurgency: Syria
    Week 2 Approaches to conflict management: peacekeeping; international and regional architecture
    Approaches to conflict management: Constitutionalism
    Approaches to conflict management: International law; mediation
    Approaches to conflict management: International aid; Reconciliation and peace-building
    Approaches to conflict management: Non-violence
    Specific Course Requirements
    Students taking this course are assumed to have first year university knowledge equivalent to development studies, international politics, or conflict resolution.
  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Seminar participation Formative and Summative 10% 1-7
    In-class test Formative and Summative 15% 1-4
    Assignment Formative and Summative 25% 1, 2, 3, 4, 6
    2500-3000 word essay Formative and Summative 50% 1-6
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Attendance at seminars is expected and is required to receive marks in seminar participation.
    Assessment Detail
    Seminar participation: students attend and participate in seminar discussions and activities - 10% weighting.

    Assignment: comprised of two components - critial analysis of two readings of the student's choice from the first week of readings; a one page policy brief - 25% weighting.

    In-class test: comprised of multiple choice and short answer questions - 15% weighting.

    2500-3000 word essay:  students submit an essay on a topic chosen from a list - 50% weighting.
    Submission
    All assignments must be submitted electronically via MyUni.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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