Educational services offered by UPEACE The Hague in 2015-2016

Finished July 31, 2016
 

 

In the academic year 2015-2016 UPEACE The Hague contributes to the educational curriculum of

  • the International Public Management Programme
  • the Social Work Programme
  • the European Studies Programme

of The Hague University of Applied Sciences.

Its 1st and 2nd year bachelor students are offered a variety of research based courses in Peace and Conflict Studies:


Transforming War Economies (2nd year course, part of the International Public Management Programme)

31 August 2015 – 13 November 2015

 

Course ConvenorsDr. Rens C. Willems, Programme Leader Peace and Conflict Studies UPEACE The Hague, and Dr. Davin Bremner

 

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?

 

Fragile Peace Agreements (2nd year course, part of  the International Public Management Programme)

16 November 2015 – 5 February 2016

 

Course ConvenorsDr. Rens C. Willems, Programme Leader Peace and Conflict Studies UPEACE The Hague, and Dr. Shyamika Jayasundara-Smits

 

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 looks at some of the biggest challenges of peace agreements, the reasons for failure and on the other hand the conditions, which can lead to ways of positive peace(s) and to societies living in peace. 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.

Various well-known peace agreements, like the accords in Versailles, Sudan, Colombia and elsewhere will be looked at from different perspectives, analyzing the peaceful opportunities they provided as well as their potential for failure. As a current example we will follow the process towards a still hypothetical peace agreement in Colombia, and Norway’s, Venezuela’s and/or Cuba’s role in this process.

 

Working group on Peace and Conflict within the Minor Social Work and Human Rights (part of the Social Work Programme)

16 November 2015 – 5 February 2016

 

Course ConvenorDr. Rens C. Willems, Programme Leader Peace and Conflict Studies UPEACE The Hague

 

The Human Rights and Social Work minor is a relatively new minor that has started in 2012. This minor has been developed by the Faculty of Social Work and Education. It was this Faculty’s first English-language minor. Within the minor, students are divided in different working groups. UPEACE has organized the working group on peace and conflict. Students will focus on a particular conflict of their choosing, and analyse and discuss this through the course of the programme. At the end of the course, the analysis is to be handed in as an essay, which also forms the basis for an interactive group presentation. In the workshops, different topics will be explained and discussed to guide students in their assignments, including causes of the conflict, consequences of the conflict, violent extremism, peacebuilding and statebuilding, transitional justice and reconciliation.

 

UPEACE and EU Studies Winter School (part of the European Studies Programme)

25 January 2016 – 5 February 2016

 

Course ConvenorsDr. Rens C. Willems, Programme Leader Peace and Conflict Studies UPEACE The Hague, and Nika Salvetti, Programme Leader Business and Peace UPEACE The Hague

 

The THUAS-UPEACE Winter School 2016 has two modules of one full working week each: 1) Peacebuilding and Statebuilding after Conflict, and 2) Business and Peace. The modules are designed in such a way that students can follow both modules or choose one. The modules make use of interactive lectures – where student participation and discussion is encouraged – to explain the theories and practices of conflict and peacebuilding. Additionally, guest lectures from field practitioners bring in lively and practical experiences from people working in peacebuilding, and provide opportunities to students to ask questions. Guest lectures include representatives from NGOs, private sector and the Dutch Government (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defence). Panel discussions are organized with practitioners and policy makers from the field and students will go on field trips to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the Dutch NGO Cordaid. Students will work on a challenging group assignment, and present their findings on the last day of the week.

 

Civil War and Conflict Studies (1st year course, part of the International Public Management Programme)

8 February 2016 – 22 April 2016

 

Course ConvenorDr. Rens C. Willems, Programme Leader Peace and Conflict Studies UPEACE The Hague

 

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.

 

Peace Negotiation and Mediation (2nd year course, part of the International Public Management Programme)

8 February 2016 – 22 April 2016

 

Course ConvenorDr. Rens C. Willems, Programme Leader Peace and Conflict Studies UPEACE The Hague

 

This course focuses on the methods being used to negotiate conflict transformation and the instruments, mechanisms and obstacles for achieving peace. A special emphasis will be put on the diverse actors and their legal as well as individual frameworks. However, as the UPEACE course series has shown, many variables play a role, so the instrument to get to peace is also dependent on the instrument(s) of conflict. This course ties all the earlier courses together, allowing for the cross connection of the various theories. Considering all of these is a daunting task, but peace is never easy. While international organisations still work with mostly classic tools, academic and practical non-state approaches have developed new ideas, especially concerning the behaviour of mediators, negotiators as well as approaches. This course will allow the students to get an overview on all of those current state-of-the-art ideas. Besides looking at the theories of negotiations and mediation, as typical non-violent tools, this course offers several practical skill trainings, answering questions like: What are the difficulties of getting states and various non-state actors at the negotiation table? What mechanisms need to be put into practice to involve the civil society?

 

Human Rights Law and Conflict Resolution (1st year course, part of the International Public Management Programme)

25 April 2016 – 17 July 2016

 

Course ConvenorDr. Rens C. Willems, Programme Leader Peace and Conflict Studies UPEACE The Hague

 

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, part of the International Public Management Programme)

25 April 2016 – 17 July 2016

 

Course ConvenorDr. Rens C. Willems, Programme Leader Peace and Conflict Studies UPEACE The Hague

 

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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