Educational services offered by UPEACE The Hague in 2014-2015

Finished June 30, 2015
In the academic year 2014-2015 UPEACE The Hague has contributed to the educational curriculum of the International Public Management programme of The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Its 1st and 2nd year bachelor students were offered a variety of research based courses in Peace and Conflict Studies:

Transforming War Economies (2nd year course)

8 September 2014 – 7 November 2014

 

Course ConvenorsDr. Rens C. Willems, Research Fellow UPEACE The Hague, and Dr. Daniela Ingruber, Associate Professor in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies, UPEACE Costa Rica

 

Actors in civil wars rely heavily on various means of war-related income, drawn for example from oil, diamonds, drug and human trafficking, or prostitution. This dependency greatly affects the economies of societies that are ridden by civil war. In facing war economies policymakers have to deal with a great number of challenges, if only because financing often connects to human rights abuse and global trade. This course studies the relevant policy areas and policy options in order to understand and transform war economies. What policy efforts have been developed to limit or regulate the trade in conflict commodities?

 

Peace Negotiation and Mediation (2nd year course)

17 November 2014 – 6 February 2015

 

Course ConvenorDr. Daniela Ingruber, Associate Professor in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies, UPEACE Costa Rica

 

This course focuses on how armed conflicts end and offers insight in various conflict resolution methods. What is the influence of international negotiation and mediation on conflict termination? What are the effects of negotiated settlements or third party mediation on stable outcomes? What are the difficulties of getting states and various non-state actors at the negotiation table? Moreover, what is the impact of including or excluding actors on the outcome of negotiations and civil war duration? Such key questions are taken up in this course. Different civil war contexts are analysed, including for example the Sudans (the Abyei border-conflict resolution) and Sierra Leone. Several databases will be introduced, such as the UCDP Conflict Termination Dataset and the Civil Wars Mediation Dataset (CWM). At the end of the course, students have built a strong analytical framework as a basis for interpreting and assessing conflict resolution.

 

Fragile Peace Agreements (2nd year course)

17 November 2014 – 6 February 2015

 

Course ConvenorDr. Daniela Ingruber, Associate Professor in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies, UPEACE Costa Rica

 

A number of civil wars end with a signed peace agreement as the main result of negotiations. However, peace agreements may break down before the key provisions are implemented. In addition, problems will usually arise after the formal signing. Moreover, the implementation of peace agreements is difficult. Such developments are often followed by recurrence of the conflict. This course analyses the main obstacles to reaching peace agreements: it analyses stalled peace dialogues; stagnant peace processes; the precarious character and long history of broken peace agreements; and the overall lack of confidence in peace. Potential drivers of disruption of peace agreements will be identified. This course advances students’ knowledge and understanding of concepts, theories, analytical tools, methods, and datasets in this area. Students will develop a set of their own hypotheses on the fragility of peace agreements.

Civil War and Conflict Studies (1st year course)

9 February 2015 – 25 April 2015

 

Course ConvenorsDr. Rens C. Willems, Research Fellow UPEACE The Hague, and Dr. Daniela Ingruber, Associate Professor in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies, UPEACE Costa Rica

 

The course offers a general introduction to civil war and peacebuilding. It looks at questions like: what is a conflict or civil war, what causes civil wars, and what are the dynamics of civil wars? Questions like those are the subject of much debate in conflict studies. Factors that are generally taken to characterise the 'new wars' are mostly seen as different from traditional warfare, including the involvement of non-state armed actors and rebel groups, new forms of financing, and the deliberate targeting of civilians. This course takes up the main challenges of studying civil war and contemporary conflict trends, with a particular focus on the onset, severity and termination of civil war.

Human Rights Law and Conflict Resolution (1st year course)

27 April 2015 – 17 July 2015

 

Course ConvenorsDr. Rens C. Willems, Research Fellow UPEACE The Hague, and Dr. Daniela Ingruber, Associate Professor in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies, UPEACE Costa Rica, and UPEACE Teachers (TBA)

 

Human rights violations are both a cause and a consequence of conflict. This course on human rights law and conflict resolution therefore takes a closer look at the linkages between human rights and conflict. It will introduce the key concepts and main institutions and actors with regard to human rights, human rights law and humanitarian law in the context of conflict zones. What are human rights, and how did we ‘get’ them? The course also looks into the politics of human rights, as well as the different legal and policy approaches for human rights in zones of conflict.

 

International Peacebuilding (1st year course)

27 April 2015 – 17 July 2015

 

Course ConvenorsDr. Rens C. Willems, Research Fellow UPEACE The Hague, and Dr. Daniela Ingruber, Associate Professor in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies, UPEACE Costa Rica, and UPEACE Teachers (TBA)

 

In this course students will look closer at the available instruments in policy and practice of international peacebuilding. Who are the main actors involved in international peacebuilding, and what can they do? Security is often considered a prerequisite for peace, and the international community developed tools such as ‘Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) programmes’ and ‘Security Sector Reform’ (SSR) to deal with security and the rule of law immediately after a peace agreement is signed. Such programmes are part of larger efforts to build or rebuild ‘the state’ after conflict. But what is state building, and how can this be done in practice? And how do you bring democracy in a ‘fragile state’? This course will introduce students to the main concepts, institutions and actors in the field of peacebuilding. Students will also learn about the different strategies and policy options that are available in dealing with conflict, and students will learn how to apply these in specific cases.

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