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Conflict Management

Учебный год
Обучение ведется на английском языке
Курс адаптационный
Когда читается:
1-й курс, 1, 2 модуль


Course Syllabus


Abstract This is a bridging course for the specializations ‘Public Policy Analysis’ and ‘ ‘Human Rights and Democratic Governance’, offered in the first year of Master Program ‘Political Analysis and Public Policy’. It is aimed at covering all types of social conflicts - from interpersonal to international - through understanding basic structural elements of conflict: its causes, its substance and main parties involved and other participants. The course explores conflict dynamics, its stages and changing behavior of its parties, based on their needs, interests and goals. The course also introduces main certain ways of conflict interventions and present techniques of conflict mitigation and possible resolution, including such forms as organizing direct negotiations, mediation and facilitation, which contribute to conflict management and can lead to eventual transformation
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • to acquaint students with main ideas and tools of conflict analysis
  • to introduce major approaches to conflict management
  • to provide understanding of conflict structure, including its sources, substance and participants
  • to discuss various types of conflict interventions and their outcomes
  • to present techniques of conflict mitigation and management
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Identify main parties to the conflict and their needs, interests, positions and resources 
  • 1. Reproduce main concepts and frameworks of conflict analysis
  • Reproduce main concepts and frameworks of conflict analysis
  • Apply the theory of protracted social conflict and ‘spiral model’ of unmanaged conflict
  • Demonstrate conflict dynamics and stages of conflict escalation and de-escalation
  • Produce short and clear Reflection Papers on the provided literature
  • Organise intense group work on joint analysis of practical conflict cases
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction to conflict analysis. Main Parties Sources, Substance and Participants
  • Galtung’s Conflict Triangle: attitudes, behaviors, contradictions
  • Ways of behavior in a conflict: escaping, yielding, contending, aggression, compromise, cooperation.
  • What is conflict intervention. ‘Spiral Model of Unmanaged Conflict’
  • Conflict Timeline and Conflict Dynamics. Stages of Escalation and de-escalation
  • Dealing with conflict: management, resolution and transformation strategies
  • Personal conflicts, group conflicts, labor conflicts, social and political conflicts
  • Conflict Environment and ‘social field’. ‘Third Parties’ in a conflict and their interests.
  • Major types of conflict resolution: consensual and adjudicatory. Consensual: Negotiation and Mediation, Adjudicatory: Arbitration and Litigation.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Reflection papers
  • non-blocking Group class work and presentation
  • non-blocking Home work presentation
  • non-blocking Class participation
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.2 * Class participation + 0.3 * Group class work and presentation + 0.2 * Home work presentation + 0.3 * Reflection papers


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Azar, E. E. (1978). Protracted social conflict : theory and practice in the Middle East. Journal of Palestine Studies, 8(1), 41–60. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsram&AN=edsram.000304448
  • June Hunt. (2013). Conflict Resolution. [Place of publication not identified]: Aspire Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1145439
  • Therése Pettersson, & Peter Wallensteen. (2015). Armed conflicts, 1946–2014. Journal of Peace Research, (4), 536. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.sae.joupea.v52y2015i4p536.550

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Hansen, T. (2008). Critical conflict resolution theory and practice. Conflict Resolution Quarterly, 25(4), 403–427. https://doi.org/10.1002/crq.215
  • Pugh, J. (2009). The Structure of Negotiation: Lessons from El Salvador for Contemporary Conflict Resolution. Negotiation Journal, 25(1), 83–105. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1571-9979.2008.00209.x
  • Stephan Proksch. (2016). Conflict Management. Springer. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.b.spr.mgmtpr.978.3.319.31885.1
  • Walsh, D. V. aut. (2018). Territorial Self-Government as a Conflict Management Tool by Dawn Walsh. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.501739408