Conflict,Security &Development

Conflict is universal, inevitable, and even desired. 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 the development and choice of intervention processes and tools. Conflict and (in)security are linked. Conflicts happen in situations of insecurity, and conflict creates insecurity. This insecurity is usually a combination of traditional security (protecting borders and boundaries and war) and human security (a human centric idea of security). To resolve conflict and reduce insecurity, many argue that development is the answer; in fact, they would say that development can end conflicts and bring peace. A further argument that has been disproved a lot but still a popular myth is that developed societies do not have conflict. However, the biggest question is, how does development happen in the context of insecurity, which is linked closely to conflict.

In this course, students will study the linkages between conflict, (in)security, and development. They will learn to analyze conflict contexts and explore the role of development as an intervention strategy. The course will also introduce them to various skills and tools available to navigate conflict and insecurity.

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 the 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.

This course is a combination of remote teaching and face-to-face instruction.

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DPPG 8511

All Sections in Fall 2021 - MIIS, MIIS First Half of Term

Fall 2021 - MIIS, MIIS First Half of Term

DPPG8511A-F21 Lecture (Iyer)