autumn 2024
SVF-3022 Culture, Conflict and Society - 10 ECTS

Type of course

The course is compulsory for Master's degree students in Peace and Conflict Transformation, and open to other Master's level students as an elective.

Admission requirements

Students who are not registered for the Master's Degree Programme in Peace and Conflict Transformation (MPCT), must have a Bachelor`s degree in the Humanities or Social Sciences. All other bachelor degree holders may be admitted to the course upon application.

Course content

The course enables students to critically analyse and evaluate the relevance of contextual cultural and societal issues in efforts at understanding violent conflicts and peace-building. It applies perspectives from anthropology, religious studies and psychology to conflicts, peace and conflict transformation. It represents an attempt to conceptualise violent conflicts and related issues as inter-subjective experiences with cultural and psychological dimensions.

The topics addressed include: Anthropological perspectives on culture and conflict; Anthropology of difference and images of the other; Ethnicity, nationalism and conflict; Psychology, health, war and peace; and symbolic meanings and cosmologies.

Objectives of the course

Students who have successfully completed the course should have the following learning outcomes:


  • have an understanding of diverse perspectives from anthropology, religious studies and psychology and how they relate to conflicts, peace and conflict transformation.
  • have a conceptual understanding of violent conflicts and related issues as inter-subjective experiences with cultural and psychological dimensions.

Analytical understanding

  • have the ability to explore the cultural and societal issues underlying violent conflicts and peace processes.
  • have the ability to determine how different cultural groups conceptualize and respond to violence.
  • have the ability to explore the broad issues informing inter-subjective and inter/intra-group experiences in violent conflict situations.

Skills and competences

  • capable of relating perspectives from anthropology, psychology, and religious studies to conflicts and peace processes.
  • capable of bringing inter-cultural understandings to bear on violent conflicts and peace-building processes.
  • capable of taking responsibility for one's own learning by working independently towards the realisation of the course objectives.

Language of instruction and examination

All lectures, readings, assignments, discussions and the final exam shall be in English.

Teaching methods

There will be a mix of lectures and seminar discussions.

The course is to be evaluated by the SSL forum each semester the course is offered, as well as in an anonymous online evaluation every second time the course is offered.

Information to incoming exchange students

This course is open for inbound exchange student who meets the admission requirements, including prerequisites. Please see the "Admission requirements" and the "Prerequisite" sections for more information.

Do you have questions about this module? Please check the following website to contact the course coordinator for exchange students at the faculty:



Examination: Date: Duration: Grade scale:
School exam 12.12.2024 09:00
6 Hours A–E, fail F

Coursework requirements:

To take an examination, the student must have passed the following coursework requirements:

Oral presentation Approved – not approved
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More info about the coursework requirements

Towards the end of the course, the students will be divided into pairs to make oral presentations (max 10 minutes) on a topic related to cultural, religious or psychological issues in their home countries or a chosen country/region vis-à-vis practices in other contexts. These presentations shall draw upon the course readings.

Re-sit examination

Students who do not pass the previous ordinary examination can gain access to a re-sit examination.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: SVF-3022
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