Project Management and Methods in Zones of Conflict
Project Management and Methods in Zones of Conflict
UA / Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U)
Language of instruction
Faculty of Culture and Society
Syllabus approval date
Syllabus valid from
Prerequisite courses for this course are: FK101E Peace and Conflict Studies I (passed) and FK102E Peace and Conflict Studies II (passed) [or FK101L Peace and Conflict Studies I (passed) and FK102L Peace and Conflict Studies II (passed)]
No main field.
Progression level in relation to degree requirements
The course can normally be included as a part of a general degree at undergraduate level.
The aim of this course, which is a continuation course in the multidisciplinary subject of Peace and Conflict Studies, is to give students both theoretical understanding and professional skills that will enhance their employability.
The course equips students with knowledge and skills that will enable their practical engagement in various projects within conflict resolution, peace building, development and aid. Cases of concrete projects of, NGOs and INGOs are discussed and scrutinized. The course consists of two modules: Project management, implementation and evaluation (7.5hec), Conflict complexity: Analysis of conflict dynamics and actors (7.5hec)
Project management, implementation and evaluation (7.5hec)
The module focuses on the practicalities concerning project management in the field of conflict resolution and prevention, development and aid, such as project planning, budget making, fund raising, project management, public relations, as well as post-project evaluations.
Conflict complexity: Analysis of conflict dynamics and actors (7.5hec)
In this course students will individually conduct conflict analyses in which the complexity of conflict/war is examined, and in which the role of civil society will be considered specifically, among other things through critical scrutiny and evaluation of civil society actors. The course aims at broadening and deepening the student’s capacity to analyse the complexity of conflicts.
Knowledge and understanding
After finishing the course, the student
• can demonstrate an understanding of civil society actors’ project-work relating to peace and conflict studies;
• can demonstrate in-depth understanding of the management and implementation of projects in the field
Applying knowledge and understanding
After finishing the course, the student:
• can demonstrate the ability to independently propose and plan projects relevant to civil society actors engaged in issues concerning peace and conflict;
• can demonstrate the ability to within given time frames carry out a task that is of relevance for project management
Making judgments and communication skills
After finishing the course, the students:
• can show the specialised ability to independently analyse and critically reflect upon project management, implementation and evaluation relevant to peace and conflict studies
• has the specialised ability to independently evaluate own knowledge in relation to the project-work taken up in the course, and identify the need for acquiring further competence within the subject.
Lectures, seminars, oral presentations, data processing, budget making, fund raising, report writing.
A student who has not finished the project work during the course, or has not received a passing grade on the project work at the end of the course cannot be guaranteed continued supervision.
Students’ performance are, in module 1 and 2, examined by means of obligatory written assignments, formal exam, planning and execution of an event, take-home exam in the form of an independent conflict analysis and through seminar presentations.
Further instructions regarding examination as well as grading criteria will be provided at the start of the course.
Students who do not pass the regular course exams have the minimum of two re-sit opportunities. Re-sits follow the same form as the original exam, apart from re-sits for group work, which take the form of individual written and oral assignments.
Course literature and other study material
FK202L Project management and methods in zones of conflict
Anderson, M. B., 2004, “Experiences with impact assessment: Can we know what good we do?”, Berghof Handbook for Conflict Transformation
Atay, A. D., 2017. “A Discussion on the Methodology of Peace Journalism.” The Turkish Online Journal of Design Art and Communication 7(4), Pp 556-565.
Bargués-Pedreny, P. & Mathieu, X. 2018. “Beyond silence, obstacle and stigma: Revisiting the ‘problem’ of difference in peacebuilding.” Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding 12(3): 283-299.
CDA, 2004, Do No Harm Handbook, Collabortive Learning Projects, Ltd.
Diehl, P. F. & D. Druckman (2010) Evaluating Peace Operations, Lynne Rienner Publishers (selected chapters)
Ersoy, M., 2017. ”Implementing Peace Journalism in the Media.” Peace Review, 29(4), 458-466.
Freire, P., 2018 (or any other edition), Pedagogy of the oppressed, Bloomsbury
Hettne, B., 2009, Thinking about development, Zed Books
Lederach, P., 2010 (or later), The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace, Oxford University Press
McFadden, P., 2007, African Feminist Perspectives of Post-coloniality, in The Black Scholar, 37:1, pp. 36-42
Moyer, B., 1990, “Movement Action Plan (MAP): Strategic Theories for Evaluating, Planning, and Conducting Social Movements”, The Practical Strategist, San Francisco: Social Movement Empowerment Project.
Ngugi wa Thiong’o, 1986 (or later), De-colonising the Mind, James Currey
Qu`ynh, N. Pham and R. Shilliam, 2016, Meanings of Bandung. Postcolonial Orders and Decolonial Visions, Rowman & Littlefield, London (selected chapters)
Reychler, L., 2006. “Challenges for peace research,” in International Journal of Peace Studies, 11(1).
Rodny-Gumede, Y., 2016. “Awareness towards Peace Journalism among Foreign Correspondents in Africa.” Media and Communication, 4(1), Pp 80-93.
Seethaler, J. M., M. Karmasin, G. Melischek and R. Wöhlert, 2013, Selling War: The Role of the Media in Hostile Conflicts from World War I to “War on Terror”, Intellect
Woodrow, P. and D. Chigas, n.d., ’A Distinction with a Difference: Conflict Sensitivity and Peacebuilding’. Available on-line: https://inee.org/resources/distinction-difference-conflict-sensitivity-and-peacebuilding
Yountae, A., 2017, Secularism meets Coloniality: Mariategui’s Andean Political Theology, in Political Theology, 18:8, pp. 677-692
Zembylas, M., 2017, Con-/divervencies between postcolonial and critical peace education: towards pedagogies of decolonization in peace education, in Journal of Peace Education, 15:1, pp. 1-23
Additional journal articles and resources, maximum 500 pages.
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If a course is no longer offered, or has undergone significant changes, the students must be offered two opportunities for re-examination based on the syllabus that applied at the time of registration, for a period of one year after the changes have been implemented.