Checking date: 22/03/2022

Course: 2024/2025

Security, peace and conflicts resolution
Dual Bachelor in International Studies and Business Administration (2018 Study Plan) (Plan: 409 - Estudio: 319)


Department assigned to the subject: International Law, Ecclesiastical Law and Philosophy of Law Department, Social Sciences Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
LEARNING RESULTS · Knowledge of the main theories explaining conflict. · Knowledge about the evolution and determinants of wars between States, civil wars and terrorism. · Applied knowledge on conflict resolution and peace maintenance.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1. Theories of conflict and violence 2. The history and political economy of interstate wars: rationalist and non-raationalist theories of war; alliances; deterrance; old vs. new wars; the democratic peace. 3. The history and political economy of intrastate conflict: poverty, inequality and conflict; failed states; natural resources; ethnicity; rebel recruitment; the microdynamics of civil wars. 4. The political economy of terrorism: waves of terrorist violence; international terrorism; terrorism and counterterrorism. 5. The International Peaceful Settlement of Disputes. Political Means of Peaceful Settlement: Negotiation, Mediation. Jurisdictional Means of Peaceful Settlement: Arbitration and Judicial Settlement. 6. The International System of Collective Security: The Use of Force in International Law. 7. International Conflict Management: Conflict Prevention; United Nations; peace-keeping, peace-enforcement and peace-building. 8. The Protection of People in Armed Conflicts: Human Rights and the International Humanitarian Law.
Learning activities and methodology
The course is divided in theoretical and practical sessions, as well as in positive and normative analysis. For the positive part, the theoretical sessions are a mixture of lecturing and discussion of readings given in advance of each theoretical session. The practical sessions will require empirical analysis (both large- and small-n analysis) informed by the content of the lectures. For the normative part, theorerical sessions will be mainly lecturing. In the practical sessions, students will apply the categories of international law to the analysis of peace and conflict resolution processes.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50

Calendar of Continuous assessment

Extraordinary call: regulations
Basic Bibliography
  • Brown, Graham. Elgar Handbook of Civil War and Fragile States. Edward Elgar. 2014
  • Brownlie, I.. Principles of Public International Law. Oxford University Press. 2008
  • Coyne, Christopher, Michael Mathews. The Handbook on the Political Economy of War. Edward Elgar. 2011
  • Garfinkel, Michelle & Stergos Skaperdas. The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Peace and Conflict. Oxford University Press. 2012
  • Kalyvas, Stathis, Ian Shapiro, Tarek Masoud. Order, Conflict, and Violence. Cambridge University Press. 2008
  • Lindley-French, Julia & Yves Boyer. The Oxford Handbook of War. Oxford University Press. 2012
  • North, Douglas, John Wallis & Barry Weingast. Violence and Social Order. Cambridge University Press. 2012
  • Schachter, O.. International Law in Theory and Practice. Martinus Nijhoff. 1991
  • Shaw, M. N.. International Law. Cambridge University Press. 2008

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.