Course code EDS378A

EDS378A State building and conflict in fragile states. Case 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 2016-2017
Siste gang: 2018V
Fortrinnsrett: M-IR
Undervises hvor?: Campus Ås
Emnets innhold:

Course contents:

Characteristics of fragile and conflict-affected states (3h); Historical, cultural background and social status of Afghanistan (1h) Social context, gender and development challenges for Afghanistan (1h); State building/ Development of a Constitution (1h); Seminar (2h); Governance ¿ the structure, role and functions of the State (1h): Sub-national governance (2h); Seminar (1h); Economic development ¿ the informal  economy and ¿narco-economy¿(2h); Economic development ¿ the formal economy (1h); Seminar (2h); Security and Development (2h); Stabilisation (2h), Conflict mitigation and peacebuilding (2h); Seminar (2h); Regional geopolitics I- Afghanistan-Pakistan relations from1977 (2h); Regional geopolitics II- India, China and Iran (2h);  Regional geopolitics III- neighbouring countries (1h); seminar  (2h); Afghanistan 2015-2024 The Development Decade (2h)


Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students should be familiar with the core concepts of statebuilding and the signature characteristics of fragile and conflict affected states to a level at which students can knowledgeably engage with practitioners, researchers, advisors and those interested in FCASs, Afghanistan and the geo-political affairs of neighbouring countries.

An understanding of the complex drivers that create a fragile state and the role conflict plays as part of a broader security and development axis therein. 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.

To be able to be 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 groupworks
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 - 4 out of 5 seminars
Exam in ENGLISH ONLY. Final written examination (3h) counts 100% of the grade.
Internal and external examiners will be part of the evaluation.
Normert arbeidsmengde:
150 hours
A relevant Bachelor degree or equivalent.
13 lectures and 5 seminars
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