Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

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DPPG 8511

Intro to Conflict Resolution

Conflict is a complex phenomenon and its study requires a systematic analysis of its elements and its context. This includes identifying and understanding the root causes, attributes and dynamics of conflicts. Strong analysis lays the ground for the resolution and transformation of conflict and for the development and choice of intervention processes and tools.

This course gives students an introduction to the field of conflict analysis, resolution and transformation and is intended to provide a solid foundation for further inquiry and application. This course will provide students the theories, models and conceptual frameworks required for a holistic understanding of conflicts and will familiarize them with the existing terminology and concepts in the field. It will also introduce them to various intervention strategies, the skills and tools available for intervention, and help them recognize the assumptions upon which these tools rest. Using the reflective practice model and through classroom simulations, students will develop their personal ‘toolkit’ for intervening in conflicts.

Importantly, the course will connect theory to practice through application of models and frameworks, research and case studies analysis of events and interventions from all over the world.

It is hoped that students will leave class with more questions than answers. If this happens, the course will have met its intended goal of provoking inquiry into issues previously unquestioned.

Development Practice & Policy
Development Practice & Policy
Intl Policy & Management
Requirements Fulfilled:
Equivalent Courses:
IPSG 8511
IPOL 8511


Fall 2018 - MIIS

DPPG8511A-F18 Lecture (Iyer)

Fall 2017 - MIIS

DPPG8511A-F17 Lecture (Iyer)