Conflict Resolution

Elective Course | 4 ECTS | Course: CMM 09

Instructor: Áslaug Ásgeirsdóttir

About the Course

Making decisions at different levels of government (local, state, international), inevitably entails solving different types of distributional conflicts (for example land, resources, or budget allocations). This course will explore how theories of conflict resolution are used to explain successful and unsuccessful solutions to these kinds of conflicts, and delve into real-world examples drawn from different levels of government. In addition students will get the chance to explore negotiating techniques and relate them to class materials. Assignments will focus on applying lessons learned to potential conflicts related to the students’ proposed master’s thesis project.

Instructor

Professor of Politics and Associate Dean of the Faculty at Bates College, ME United States.

Description

Making decisions at different levels of government (local, state, international), inevitably entails solving different types of distributional conflicts (for example land, resources, or budget allocations). This course will explore how theories of conflict resolution are used to explain successful and unsuccessful solutions to these kinds of conflicts and delve into real-world examples drawn from different levels of government. In addition, students will get the chance to explore negotiating techniques and relate them to class materials. Assignments will focus on applying lessons learned to potential conflicts related to the students’ proposed master’s thesis project.

On completion of the course, a student:

  • can articulate different theories of conflict resolution.
  • can describe and use existing methods and tools for conflict resolution. 
  • can critically examine the role of information and knowledge in solving conflicts.
  • can analyse different views held by stakeholders in an ongoing conflict
  • understands the basics of limitations of negotiation.
  • can identify what factors influence conflict resolution and can articulate those to a non-scientific audience.