University of Bradford Department of Peace Studies Awarding and teaching University of Bradford institution: Final award: MA; Postgraduate Diploma Programme titles: African Peace & Conflict Studies Duration: 1 year full-time / 2 years part-time UCAS code: not applicable Programme accredited by: not applicable Subject benchmark not applicable statement(s): Date produced: Original, April 2006, updated, July 2008; Last updated April 2009 The Department of Peace Studies The Department has an international reputation for the quality of its research, a status reflected in the fact that it is one of just 6 Departments around the world, and the only one in the UK, that has been selected as a Rotary International Peace and Conflict Resolution Centre. Research, publication and areas studies are organised around specialist centres including: the Africa Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, the Centre for Conflict Resolution, the Centre for International Co-operation and Security, the International Centre for Participation Studies, and the Bradford Disarmament Research Centre. The Department of Peace Studies offers six postgraduate MA awards and Postgraduate Diploma awards: Peace Studies; International Politics and Security Studies; Conflict Resolution; African Peace and Conflict Studies; Participation and Politics; and Conflict, Security and Development. The Department aims to: Develop your knowledge and understanding of a coherent, current and intellectually stimulating body of theory and analysis; Encourage you to develop an independent, critical and scholarly approach to the field which will enable you to apply your knowledge and develop your understanding; Encourage you to relate academic study to questions of public concern in the peace and conflict field; Provide you with a curriculum supported by active scholarship, staff development and a research culture that promotes breadth and depth of intellectual enquiry and debate; Help you to develop a valuable range of key skills and personal attributes for a wide variety of careers; Provide you with a friendly and supportive learning environment. MA/PG Dip in African Peace and Conflict Studies: Programme Aims The MA/PG Dip. in African Peace and Conflict Studies provides a total of 60 credits of specialist modules - for students who want to specialise on Africa as a distinct area of academic enquiry - with an additional 60-credit dissertation. The programme will focus on the interface between regional security, conflict prevention, management and resolution, economic development and democratisation in post-colonial Africa. Exploring domestic, regional and international dimensions, as well as the diversity and commonalities of states in Africa, the programme examines competing perspectives and current debates. Programme Outcomes indicate what a graduate should know and understand, and be able to do on successful completion of the programme. Having completed the MA in African Peace and Conflict Studies you will have acquired the following: Knowledge and Understanding An understanding of the theories and concepts of peace and conflict and their application to global, regional and local contexts; An advanced understanding of the nature, dynamics and complexity of the links between peace, conflict, security and development in contemporary Africa; An advanced understanding of the competing theories, interpretations and discourses on history, politics, conflict and development in Africa, and their application to contemporary issues in a global, regional and local context; An advanced understanding of methodologies of conflict analysis, management, resolution and peace-building in an African context. Discipline Skills The ability to critically evaluate competing theories, interpretations and discourses in the field of peace and conflict studies; An independent and critical ability to gather, organise and analyse relevant primary and secondary evidence or data so as to present coherent and clearly reasoned arguments which address specific problems ; The ability to apply conceptual frameworks and research methodologies to case-studies. Personal transferable Skills An ability to communicate effectively and fluently in speech and writing, use communication and information technology for the retrieval of and presentation of information, work independently, demonstrating initiative, self-organisation and time management and collaborate with others to achive common goals. Scheme of study The MA courses extends over a period of three semesters (full time) or five semesters (part time). You must study units amounting to 180 Credits at level M or/and Level 3, including at least 160 Credits at level M which includes a dissertation worth 60 Credits and taught courses amounting to 120 Credits. Full time students must take taught courses amounting to 60 Credits in each semester. The Postgraduate Diploma course extends over a period of two semesters (full time) or four semesters (part time). You must study units amounting to 120 Credits at Level M or/and Level 3, including at least 100 Credits at level M. If you are a full time student you must take taught units amounting to 60 Credits in each semester. You may take the MA or Postgraduate Diploma on a part-time basis over two years. If you are a part time student you must take 60 Credits in your first year, and a further 60 taught credits in your second year. Standard University regulations apply: see http://www.brad.ac.uk/admin/acsec/QA_Hbk/Postgrad_Taught_Regs.html. You may choose to take the „Africa Study Visit‟ optional module. This study visit (financed individually by students who enrol) will provide you the opportunity to conduct empirical research and learn first hand about the complex processes associated with peace-building and conflict resolution in post-conflict environments in Africa. Curriculum Map The list of course units below contains the core and optional course units available in each academic period for both the MA and P/G Diploma awards. Postgraduate Diploma students will not be required to submit the dissertation. C = Core; O = Option Unit Code Unit Title Type Credits Level Sem PE-5010D Introduction to Peace Studies C 20 M 1 M PE-5043D Introduction to African Politics C 20 1 African Approaches to Conflict Resolution & M PE-5035D Peacebuilding C 20 2 M PE-5094Z African Peace and Conflict Dissertation C 60 2 M PE-5044D African Security Studies O 20 1 M PE-5003D International Politics and Security Studies O 20 1 M PE-5041D Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice 1 O 20 1 PE-5026D European Regional Security O 20 M 1 Conflict, Political Violence and Terrorism in South Asia M NEW UNIT (not offered in 09/10) O 20 1 M PE-5022D Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding O 20 1 Critical Perspectives on Proliferation: Arms Control and M PE-5040D Disarmament O 20 1 M PE-5039D Middle East: Area in Conflict O 20 1 M PE-5028D Nationalism, Peace and Conflict O 20 1 M PE-5020D Human Rights O 20 1 M PE-5100D Gender, Conflict and Development O 20 1 M PE-5095D Participation: Theories and Values O 20 1 M PE-5096D Participation: Methods and Practices O 20 2 M PE-5045D Perspectives on Security and Development O 20 2 M PE-5029D From Islam and the West to Muslims in the West O 20 2 M PE-5099D International Political Economy O 20 2 M PE-5101D Applied Conflict Resolution Skills O 20 2 M PE-5037D Crisis of Post-coloniality in Africa O 20 2 M PE-5033D Critical Security Studies O 20 2 M PE-5038D African Study Visit O 20 2 M PE-5023D Regional Security in East Asia O 20 2 M PE-5021D Democracy - Theory and Practice O 20 2 M PE-5012D Politics of the Global Environment O 20 2 M PE-5030D Christianity and Politics O 20 2 M PE-5031D Sri Lanka Study Trip O 20 2 M PE-5042D Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice 2 O 20 2 M PE-5027D Conflict and Change in Contemporary Latin America O 20 2 The curriculum may change, subject to University’s course approval, monitoring and review procedures Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategies The approach to teaching and learning will include a variety of strategies including lectures, seminars, tutorials, group projects, and other forms of experiential learning. Handouts to supplement the lectures as well as audio- visual aids will be extensively employed. These will include documentaries on thematic issues relating to African peace and conflict as well as to Africa‟s socio-economic development. A virtual learning environment called “Blackboard” will also be used to support „tandem‟ learning (posting of lecture notes and presentations, readings and other relevant materials; email discussion groups, notice boards and announcements) and as a portal to the wealth of information and organisations which focus on African peace and security issues. There will be scheduled Departmental seminars and guest speakers. Units will generally be assessed through essays or examinations. All pieces of assessment are numerically marked - University regulations regarding progression and awards can be found at http://www.brad.ac.uk/admin/acsec/QA_Hbk/. A dissertation of between 14,000-15,000 words must be submitted by a date to be determined by the Department each year and clearly specified in the MA handbook. Ecoversity The University of Bradford, and the School of Social and International Studies (SSIS), are committed to the principles of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) set out in UNESCO‟s definition (see http://portal.unesco.org/education/en/ev.php- URL_ID=23279&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html), which include: interdisciplinarity; value-driven; critical thinking and problem solving; participatory decision-making; and applied learning which is relevant and culturally appropriate to local and other contexts. In your programme you will find these principles underlie the teaching learning and assessment strategies. The principles of ESD are reflected in all the programmes offered in the Department of Peace Studies, including the MA in African Peace and Conflict Studies (APCS). In particular, both the core and optional modules offered in the APCS programme promote value driven critical thinking; enable students to obtain the competences needed to work together in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural environments; and bring the global dimension into individual learning environments. In addition, there are specific modules in which the themes and issues of ESD are particularly exemplified, such as Politics of the Global Environment, Conflict, Security and Development and Participation: Methods and Practices. The first two explicitly engage with the literature and debates on Sustainable Development whilst the third not only engages with the intellectual debates on participation but does so by adopting a participatory approach to module delivery and assessment. We are also committed in SSIS to giving you opportunities to engage in debates about the meaning and future of Sustainable Development, as well as in the practice of ESD, for example, through volunteering on and off campus, by taking action in a series of activities as a School. Admission requirements We normally expect applicants to have a good first degree; however, we also give serious consideration to applicants with a variety of backgrounds. Candidates accepted without recognised academic training, but with appropriate experience, may be offered a place as a Postgraduate Diploma student in the first instance. Student support and guidance The University and the Department have a well-deserved reputation in this area. You will be allocated a personal tutor so there will usually be someone to talk to about academic or personal issues. You will also be supported in your studies by extensive access to the library and computing services, and by the University support services including particularly the disability office and the careers office. Careers On successful completion of the programme our students normally go on to a wide range of careers in international organisations, non-governmental organisations, civil service, local government, police, journalism, diplomacy, research and education. Further information If you would like more information about the University of Bradford, please consult the postgraduate prospectus. More details about the Department and its courses can be obtained from the Department‟s web pages (http://www.brad.ac.uk/acad/peace/).
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