Course code EDS378B

EDS378B State building and conflict in fragile states.

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Course responsible: Gry Synnevåg
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
Course work and examination is done in the spring parallel
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2016-2017
Last time: 2018V
Preferential right:
M-IR
Course contents:

This course is the second part of EDS378A. Participation in EDS378A in January the same year is a required to register for this course. Based on the course content of EDS378A, the students will write one paper, on a relevant topic.

Two billion people now live in countries where development outcomes are affected by fragility, conflict, and violence. Extreme poverty will increasingly be concentrated in these areas rising from 17% of the global population today to almost 50% by 2030. Forced displacement is increasingly linked to fragile states exacerbated by conflict, extremist activities threaten development progress, and the security of citizens is a growing concern closely linked to rising inequalities. A subsequent increase in the international development policies and discourse now have a stronger focus on fragile and conflict affected states. There is a growing literature over the last decade on the effects of conflict on already unstable or fragile low-income countries with a focus on their governance, economic development, rule of law and overall security.  As a result, there has been an emergent multi-stakeholder discourse on Fragile and Conflict Affected States (FCASs) that also includes the military/physical security dimension.  

Learning outcome:
Whilst all FCASs have shared defining characteristics, each state has followed a very different pathway ranging from drivers such as natural or climate-change related events to open conflict related to cross border incursions.The term paper will give students an opportunity to select a driver or particular set of circumstances causing fragility in a country. The topic will be identified during the January block course EDS378A ¿Fragile and conflict affected states, a case study Afghanistan¿. Having studied Afghanistan in detail, students will be able to apply their observations to other FCASs in order to gain a deeper understanding of actual effects and impacts on a given State, extrapolate commonalities and differences and identify how contextual responses to fragility and conflict have been implemented along with rates of success or failure. 
Learning activities:

This course is the second part of EDS378A. Participation in EDS378A in January the same year is a required to register for this course

Students will during this course write one individual term paper based on a relevant topic. . The topic will be identified during the January block course EDS378A ¿Fragile and conflict affected states, a case study Afghanistan¿

 There will be offered supervision during the writing process.

Teaching support:
Individual supervision.
Syllabus:
Individual reading list.
Prerequisites:
Attendence in EDS378A in january from the same year is compulsory.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Term paper
Assessment:
Exam in ENGLISH ONLY. Individual term paper counts 100% of the grade. Words: Minimun 6000, maximum 8000.
Nominal workload:
150 hours
Type of course:
The course will mainly consist of individual work, readings and final termpaper
Examiner:
Internal and external examiner
Examination details: :