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IR3053   Peacebuilding and Post-Conflict Transition in Latin America

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: 11.00 am Tue

The module presents a detailed introduction to the process of conflict transformation in Latin America since the Third Wave of democratisation in the region during the 1980s. The approach taken in the module will be to contrast the theory and practice of conflict transformation and peacebuilding and will include a primary focus on the role and intervention of the United Nations System. In this regard, analysis will centre on conventional forms of peace-keeping, peace-making and peacebuilding supported by the United Nations, as well as on more innovative initiatives, in particular in local-level pecebuilding. The module engages with and evaluates key theoretical frameworks relating to conflict, peacebuilding, the State, democratisation and sovereignty and will be relevant to students interested in developing a career in public policy and policy-making in national and international institutions. We will evaluate the impact of regional United Nations interventions, which will include an innovative analysis that juxtaposes elite peacebuilding practices with local-level peacebuilding initiatives. The module will include conferences from UN functionaries.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass IR2006

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 1-hour lecture (x 10 weeks), 1 x 1-hour tutorial (x 10 weeks), 2 consultation hours with Coordinator (x 12 weeks). 2 hours examination feedback in week 1 of following semester.

Scheduled learning hours: 20

Guided independent study hours: 280

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module teaching staff: Dr R Brett