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SVF-3024 Conflict Resolution and Conflict Transformation - 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).

This course can be taken as a singular course.

Course contents

The course seeks to provide theoretical and practical insights into diverse efforts of conflict management, conflict resolution and conflict transformation across all levels of analysis. Topics covered range from mediation, peacekeeping, international law, peace education, transitional justice, arms control and DDR (disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration), to gender, and alternative approaches to conflict transformation.

Application deadline

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

Exchange students: 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 Humanities or Social Sciences. An average grade equivalent to C or better in the Norwegian grading system is required.

Objective of the course

Students who have successfully completed the course should have an in-depth conceptual understanding of diverse strategies for managing, resolving and/or transforming violent conflicts at the system, state and individual level. More specifically, they should have:

Language of instruction

All lectures, readings, assignments, seminars and the final exam will be in English.

Teaching methods

There will be a mix of lectures and seminar discussions. 

The course will be evaluated at the SSL forum (Student Staff Liaison) in the spring semester.


Candidates will write a home examination of max. 8000 words (approx. 20 pages) within two weeks on a set of given topics.  

An oral exam will also be conducted to assess the candidates' knowledge of the submitted essays and course readings. The oral exam may adjust the grade for the submitted essays. 

Grading is on the scale of A to F, where F=Fail. The course is open for re-sit examination in the following semester.

Date for examination

Take-home assignment hand out date 21.04.2021 hand in date 05.05.2021

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced at your faculty early in May and early in November.

Lectures Spring 2021
Lectures / seminar f.aman. Vidar Vambheim
prof. Magne Frostad
f.aman. Mohammad Musfequs Salehin
f.aman. Randolph Wallace Rhea
stip. Benjamin Ulrich Schaller
stip. Arsalan Bilal
stip. Kara Kathleen Hodgson
Examination Exams 2019: Written home exam: March 19th-April. Oral exam May 2nd and 3rd.