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Høst 2020

SVF-3021 Integrated Peace and Conflict Studies - 20 stp

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education

Type of course

The course is compulsory for Master's degree students in Peace and Conflict Transformation (MPCT), but also open to other Master's students.

Course contents

The course focuses on the central philosophical and theoretical debates regarding peace, violence and conflict, and provides the foundation for the critical analysis of these phenomena from different academic perspectives.


The course serves as an introduction to the field of peace and conflict studies and illuminates key issues and problems connected with contemporary peace research. Drawing from different theoretical approaches and empirical examples, the course highlights different ways for critically reflecting on various aspects of peace, violence and conflict. To this end, the course is divided into three distinct interconnected components: First, it provides an introduction and comprehensive overview of the historical roots, key concepts, theories, and trends in peace and conflict research. Second, it integrates academic approaches (from humanities, social sciences and law) to the study of peace and conflict, and third it illustrates these approaches with relevant case studies from various geographical regions.

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: June 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester.

Applicants from outside the Nordic countries: October 1st for the spring semester and April 15th for the autumn semester.

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 with an average grade equivalent to C or better in the Norwegian grading system .

Objective of the course

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


Analytical understanding:

Skills and competences:

Language of instruction


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.


Candidates will write a home examination of 8000 words (approx. 20 pages) within two weeks on a set of given topics. An oral exam will also be conducted to assess the candidate's knowledge of aspects of the submitted essay and the course readings. The oral exam may adjust the grade for the essay. Grading is on the scale of A to F, where F=Fail. The course is open for re-sit examination in the following spring semester.
Lectures Autumn 2020
Lecture/Seminar f.aman. Christine Smith-Simonsen
f.aman. Vidar Vambheim
prof. Magne Frostad
post.doc. Zerihun Abebe Woldeselassie
prof. Gunhild Birgitta Hoogensen Gjørv
f.aman. Jonas Stein
f.aman. Mohammad Musfequs Salehin
f.kons. Anne Marit Bachmann
f.aman. Marc Edouard Lanteigne
stip. Kara Kathleen Hodgson