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									University of Bradford

Department of Peace Studies

  Awarding      and   teaching     University of Bradford
  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
  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

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
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

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
PE-5043D     Introduction to African Politics                               C    20                1
             African Approaches to Conflict                Resolution   &                  M
PE-5035D     Peacebuilding                                                  C    20                2
PE-5094Z     African Peace and Conflict Dissertation                        C    60                2
PE-5044D     African Security Studies                                       O    20                1
PE-5003D     International Politics and Security Studies                    O    20                1
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
PE-5022D     Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding                           O          20                1
             Critical Perspectives on Proliferation: Arms Control and                      M
PE-5040D     Disarmament                                              O          20                1
PE-5039D     Middle East: Area in Conflict                                  O    20                1
PE-5028D     Nationalism, Peace and Conflict                                O    20                1
PE-5020D     Human Rights                                                   O    20                1
PE-5100D     Gender, Conflict and Development                               O    20                1
PE-5095D     Participation: Theories and Values                             O    20                1
PE-5096D     Participation: Methods and Practices                           O    20                2
PE-5045D     Perspectives on Security and Development                       O    20                2
PE-5029D     From Islam and the West to Muslims in the West                 O    20                2
PE-5099D     International Political Economy                                O    20                2
PE-5101D     Applied Conflict Resolution Skills                             O    20                2
PE-5037D       Crisis of Post-coloniality in Africa                O    20                 2
PE-5033D       Critical Security Studies                           O    20                 2
PE-5038D       African Study Visit                                 O    20                 2
PE-5023D       Regional Security in East Asia                      O    20                 2
PE-5021D       Democracy - Theory and Practice                     O    20                 2
PE-5012D       Politics of the Global Environment                  O    20                 2
PE-5030D       Christianity and Politics                           O    20                 2
PE-5031D       Sri Lanka Study Trip                                O    20                 2
PE-5042D       Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice 2          O    20                 2
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 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.

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
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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.

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

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