Educational services offered by UPEACE The Hague in 2012-2013

Finished May 31, 2013
In the academic year 2012-2013 UPEACE The Hague has contributed to the educational curricula of The Hague University of Applied Sciences (HHS) and Leiden University College The Hague (LUC). Bachelor students of these institutes were offered a variety of research based courses in Peace and Conflict Studies.

The Hague University of Applied Sciences

 

In April 2012 UPEACE The Hague and HHS signed a Memorandum of Agreement for a period of four years. It was agreed that UPEACE The Hague would develop some minors in the field of Peace and Conflict Studies for the International Public Management programme of the Academy for Public Management, Law and Security, thus integrating peace education into the bachelor programmes of The Hague University of Applied Sciences.

 

On behalf of UPEACE The Hague Dr. Berma Klein Goldewijk was appointed course convenor and instructor of three courses, attended by some 70 bachelor students.

Furthermore seminars were provided by lecturers of the International Public Management programme: Dr. Roeland Audenaerde (Coordinator), Dr. Inês Trigo de Sousa, Ms Jumi van der Velde (MA), Ms Jeanneke Tellegen-Willems (MA) and Dr. Vishnu Poruthiyil. 

 

Civil War and Conflict Studies (1st year course)

11 February – 19 April 2013

 

Course Convenor and Instructor: Dr. Berma Klein Goldewijk

Teaching Assistant: Anouk Soomers

 

What is civil war? When does a civil war begin or end? How to understand the “new wars”? Identifying the cause of civil war, or studying the dynamics of a civil war, is 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 took 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 and Conflict Resolution (1st year course)

29 April – 5 July 2013

 

Course Convenor and Instructor: Dr. Berma Klein Goldewijk

Teaching Assistant: Anouk Soomers

 

The overall purpose of this course was to explore the main topics involved in the interaction between human rights and conflict resolution. The course offered a composite picture of the various intersections between human rights and conflict, laid out the actors and issues, and analysed the dynamics and dilemmas involved. Special attention was given to analyses and insights that represent recent changes in the field of armed conflict and human rights.

 

International Peacebuilding (1st year course)

29 April – 5 July 2013

 

Course Convenor and Instructor: Dr. Berma Klein Goldewijk

Teaching Assistant: Anouk Soomers

 

This course examined the connection between peacebuilding and statebuilding in fragile political orders. It is widely assumed that armed conflict and civil war mainly occur in conditions of state fragility and lacking state performance, for which terms are being used ranging from “failing” or “failed” states to “weak” or “collapsed” states. State fragility has become a key issue of academic debate and is considered a most relevant international policy challenge. However, are “fragile” and “failed” states sound and viable categories for analysis? The difficulty with the fragile states discourse is that it tends to be normative, and mainly focuses on the deficiencies and shortcomings of governance. This was further explored in the course.

 

UPEACE The Hague also invited several guest lecturers who shared their expertise and experiences with the students:

 

Dr. Victoria Fontan, Head Department of Peace and Conflict Studies and Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at UPEACE Costa Rica. She gave a lecture on 20 and 22 February 2013 on “Peace and Justice in Rwanda”.

 

Dr. Mary King, Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at UPEACE Costa Rica. She gave a lecture on 23 May 2013 on “Peace Operations, Peacekeeping and Statebuilding”.

 

Dr. Peter Stoett, Director Loyola Sustainability Research Centre and Professor of Political Science, at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, gave a lecture on 5 June 2013 on “Environmental Conflict and Justice”.

 

Marleen van Ruijven, Senior Policy Officer Amnesty International, gave a lecture on 12 June 2013 on “Multinational Corporations and Corporate Accountability in Armed Conflict”.

 

 

 

Leiden University College The Hague

 

Since September 2010 Leiden University College The Hague (LUC), an international honours college of Leiden University for undergraduate students, offers BA and BSC degrees in Liberal Arts & Sciences with Peace, Justice and Sustainability as central topics of study. 

 

In June 2012 UPEACE and LUC signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a period of five years. It was agreed that UPEACE The Hague would provide some courses for the LUC bachelor programme and the intention was expressed to develop a joint master programme.

During the academic year 2012-2013 some 60 bachelor students followed three UPEACE The Hague courses as elective courses, ranging from 100 up to 300 level courses. Dr. Berma Klein Goldewijk was course convenor and instructor of these courses.

 

Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies (elective course)

29 October – 21 December 2012

 

Course Convenor and Instructor: Dr. Berma Klein Goldewijk

Teaching Assistant: Anouk Soomers

 

This course introduced students to concepts, theories, analytical tools, methods, and datasets to study violent conflict and peace. Various types of protracted armed conflict and civil war were explored, involving the role of state-related and non-state actors, as well as the constraints and interests that guide or prevent international, regional, and local intervention in intrastate conflict. The course focused particularly on one of the key challenges of today: recurrent conflict.

 

Peacebuilding in Fragile Political Orders (elective course)

4 February – 28 March 2013

 

Course Convenor and Instructor: Dr. Berma Klein Goldewijk

Teaching Assistant: Anouk Soomers

 

This course examined peacebuilding in fragile and hybrid political orders. Students particularly addressed the obstacles and challenges involved in theoretical framings of peacebuilding. The sessions studied the overall precarious character of peace processes, the “liberal peace” interventions, and the risk of post-conflict reconstruction. There was a critical focus on the most widely established approach in international policies, organisations and institutions, commonly characterised as “liberal peace”, where peacebuilding connects to statebuilding.

 

Conflict Resolution and Settlement (elective course)

8 April – 4 June 2013

 

Course Convenor and Instructor: Dr. Berma Klein Goldewijk

Teaching Assistant: Anouk Soomers

 

Students addressed the obstacles and challenges involved in various theoretical and contextual framings of conflict resolution. Different civil war and interstate war contexts were analysed, including for example the Sudans, Angola, and Sierra Leone, involving proxy wars as well. Examples of key questions of this course were: What is conflict resolution and durable settlement? What are the instruments, mechanisms and obstacles? How do armed conflicts end? What are the effects of negotiated settlements or military victories on stable outcomes? Is there a distinction between identity-based and interest-based conflict resolution methods in civil war? What is the impact of including or excluding actors on the outcome of negotiations and civil war duration?

 

 

UPEACE The Hague also invited a guest lecturer who shared her expertise and experiences with the students:

 

Dr. Victoria Fontan, Head Department of Peace and Conflict Studies and Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at UPEACE Costa Rica. She gave a lecture on 19 and 22 February 2013 on “Liberal Peace and the UN Peacebuilding Architecture and State Capacities, Peacebuilding and the DR Congo”.

 

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