PSS315 Peacebuilding and Security provides students with an interdisciplinary perspective on the non-violent resolution of human conflict. It highlights the complex interrelationship between economic, political, and social factors, and their relevance for human security. This course will help students identify common sources of conflict, understand conflict dynamics by analysing real-world examples, and identify the various conflict management strategies that are being deployed from the international to the local levels, with a particular focus on Southeast Asia. This course also aims to equip students with a ‘peacebuilding lens’, a set of conceptual tools and strategies that help them communicate their views and proposals in an effective manner, while developing greater sensitivity and openness to other people’s perspectives. The aim is to highlight how the principles of effective peacebuilding generalise to other policy domains and areas of work, such as humanitarian assistance, social work, psychology, sociology, or international relations. The importance of strategic partnerships between these sectors and among various stakeholders will be of special interest in this course.
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester