Conflict Transformation, International Work, 7.5 credits
Conflict Transformation, International Work, 7,5 högskolepoäng
Course Syllabus for students Spring 2017
Course Code:LC1G16
Confirmed by:Director of Education Dec 12, 2016
Valid From:Spring 2017
Reg number:HLK 2016/4849-313
Education Cycle:First-cycle level
Disciplinary domain:Social sciences
Subject group:FU1
Specialised in:G1N

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)

After completing the course, students should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

- account for the central theories of conflict transformation and the difference between conflict resolution, conflict management, and conflict transformation
- describe how conflict is impinged at a personal, group, and societal level
- account for theories of dynamics of conflict situations
- describe reflective practice in development work/conflict transformation

Skills and abilities

- analyze how belief systems arise, how the interplay of emotions and
conflict can escalate, and affect conflict situations
- analyze conflict situations
- work transformatively with conflict situations
- work with dialog practice as a form of intervention in conflict situations

Judgement and approach

- critically reflect upon interventions in conflict situations
- have awareness of culture, world views, and increased cultural sensitivity to deal with
- have awareness of how psychological trauma relates to interventions in crisis conflict situations


• Cultural aspects of conflict, violence, and war – the complexity and influence of culture, identity and conflict and understanding of world views in relation to conflict transformation
• Conflict analysis and theories of conflict transformation
• Case studies in alternative peace processes and conflict transformation in developing countries
• Strategies for addressing conflict, interventions in conflict situations and evaluation of this
• Strategies dealing with psychological trauma and crisis situations

Type of instruction

The course contains lectures and seminars.

A digital learning platform is used.

Students who have been admitted to and registered on a course have the right to receive instruction/supervision for the duration of the time period specified for the particular course to which they were accepted. After that, the right to receive instruction/supervision expires.

The teaching is conducted in English.


General entry requirements and English B (or the equivalent).

Examination and grades

The course is graded A, B, C, D, E, FX or F.

Examination is composed of two assignments:

- A group case study presented at a seminar with an individual written analysis (4 credits)
- Leading of a seminar discussion in pairs with an individual written reflection on the discussion (3.5 credits)

The examination is based on instruction and course literature and the assignments are written in English.

The grades A, B, C, D and E are all passing grades. For courses with more than one examination, students are given a final grade based on an overall assessment of all examinations included in the course. The final grade of the course is issued only when all course units have been passed.
The examination must allow for students to be assessed on an individual basis. Students may not make a second attempt at any examination (or element of examination) already passed in order to receive a higher grade. Further information concerning assessment and grading criteria is provided in a study guide distributed at the beginning of the course.

Students are guaranteed a minimum of three examination occasions, including the regular occasion.

If a student has failed the same examination three times, the student is entitled to request that the next examination is assessed and graded by a new examiner if possible. The decision to accept or reject such a request is made by the vice dean of education.

In case the course is terminated or significantly altered, examination according to the present course syllabus shall be offered on at least two occasions in the course of one year after the termination/alteration.

Registration of examination:
Name of the TestValueGrading
Group case study4 creditsA/B/C/D/E/FX/F
Seminar discussion and a written reflection3.5 creditsA/B/C/D/E/FX/F

Course evaluation

At the end of the course, a course evaluation is performed and commented on by the course coordinator and, if possible, a student/students (course developer/s). The course evaluation, which is published on the relevant learning platform and submitted to the study administration, is to function as a basis for future improvements to the course.

Other information

The course encourages students to analyze conflict areas from interpersonal and general societal processes.
The course encourages students to personal reflection on their own world views, belief systems and cultures to deepen the understanding of their role in conflict transformation work.

Course literature

Fisher, Simon; Abdi, Dekha Ibrahim; Ludin, Jawed; Smith, Richard; Williams, Steve; Williams, Sue (2000). Working with conflict: Skills and strategies and for action. New York: Zed Books. 180 pages.

Herman, Judith Lewis ( 2001). Trauma and recovery. New York. Pandora. 214 pages.

Lederach, John Paul (2003). The Little Book of Conflict Transformation. Good books, Auckland, New Zealand, page 3-72.

Lederach, John Paul (2005). The moral imagination: The art and soul of building peace. New York: Oxford University Press. 216 pages.

Lederach, John Paul (1997). Building peace: Sustainable reconciliation in divided societies. Washington DC: United States Institute of Peace Press. 180 pages.

Schirch, Lisa (2004). The little book of Strategic Peacebuilding. Good books, Auckland, New Zealand,
page 3-85.

Articles and websites

Reference literature

Citing Sources – How to Create Literature References.

Information Material about Anti-Plagiarism at Universities.
The Interactive Anti-Plagiarism Guide – Jönköping University.

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Content updated 2015-06-24