Course code EDS378

EDS378 Peacebuilding in fragile and conflict affected states. Case studies of Afghanistan

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Emneansvarlige: Gry Synnevåg
Studiepoeng: 5
Ansvarlig fakultet: Fakultet for landskap og samfunn
Frekvens: Annually.
Undervises på språk: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Undervises i periode:
This course starts in January block. This course has teaching/evaluation in January block, 
Første gang: Studieår 2013-2014
Fortrinnsrett: M-IR. 
Undervises hvor?: Campus Ås
Emnets innhold:

Historical perspectives and characteristics of fragile and conflict-affected states (2h); Drivers and root causes of conflict (2h); Security and Development and Peace (SDP) nexus (4h); Seminar on FCASs and SDP (2h); History and context of Peacebuilding (PB) (2h) PB models and approaches (4h); Seminar on Peacebuilding (2h);

Case Study (Afghanistan): Country overview (1h); Building the modern Afghan State - The Afghan State and governance structures (1h); Economic Development - formal and informal economies (2h) Traditional PB in Afghanistan (1h) Post-2001 PB in Afghanistan -politics, security and economic development (4h); Seminar on Afghanistan (2h); Afghanistan - Future prospects (2h); End Seminar (2h);Course Review (1h)


By the end of the course, students should be:

  •          Familiar with the historical origins and evolving characteristics of fragile and conflict affected states, historical and current debates around peacebuilding, security and development. Through a detailed case study, review a spectrum of diverse stakeholders and scenarios, students will gain a realistic understanding of the effects and actual impact of peacebuilding interventions.
  •          Able to understand some of the complex drivers that create a fragile state, the role conflict plays within a broader security and development axis therein, and the real impact of peacebuilding policies, frameworks and programmes. Using this to link the more practical issues facing conflict/post-conflict and fragile states, with the involvement of external actors and western policies, realist and complexity theories in IR, from which general lessons can be drawn and applied elsewhere within IR and Development streams.
  •          Able to identify patterns and draw from the failures and successes in Afghanistan, and apply them as generalisable lessons to international relations, economic, security and geo-political theory and further case studies.
Lectures, seminars and groupwork. 
Office hours and procedures are established at the first class meeting.
Selected books and articles. Will be posted in Canvas.
Forutsatte forkunnskaper:
General knowledge of international relations, undergraduate courses in relevant social sciences. 
Obligatorisk aktivitet:
Seminar attendance: Mandatory
Exam in ENGLISH ONLY. Final written examination (3h) counts 100% of the grade. Written digital exam: A - F. 
Internal and external examiners will be part of the evaluation.
Normert arbeidsmengde:
150 hours.
A relevant Bachelor degree or equivalent.
14 lectures and 4 seminars.
Eksamensdetaljer: En skriftlig eksamen: A - E / Ikke bestått