Advanced Seminar in Development and Conflict

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Advanced Seminar in Development and Conflict (DHP P227)

Peter Uvin

Diana Chigas

The aim of this seminar is to provide students with contemporary tools and understandings at the intersection of development and conflict resolution practice. This seminar is in-depth and cutting-edge, discussing in detail what it is that development and conflict resolution practitioners currently do on the ground in a variety of situations on all continents. The course takes the perspective of practitioners working in the field, not of senior diplomats or foreign policy officials. We assume that the broad policy framework is given, although it can be influenced by actors in the field.
The course deals with methodologies (conflict vulnerability assessments, conflict impact assessments, etc.), issue areas (reconciliation; security sector reform; demobilization, disarmament and reintegration, etc.) and context (political economy of peacebuilding; role of corporations; relations with the military). Pre-requirements: DHP D222 “Development Aid in Practice (Professors Uvin and/or Wilson) and DHP D223 “conflict Resolution Theory (Professor Babbitt) or exemption granted by instructors on the basis of having taken similar courses or having significant professional experience in these fields. In order to participate, you will be asked to sign up for a small group and must remain with that group for the semester. (Friday 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)

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