Introduction to international conflict management



This course constitutes an introduction to international conflict management for undergraduate students who expect to be involved in domestic and international conflict, as police, gendarmes, or military leaders, or in government or non-governmental organizations.


There is more material attached to this course than can be covered in a normal one-semester course (40 contact hours, 120 study hours), so students will select and direct their own learning based on their prior knowledge and interests.  Learning objectives are flexible, and individual learning goals can be set within the framework of the course.

Learning Objectives / assignments

On completion of this week, students will

  • Be familiar with the course materials, navigating the course web site and Moodle
  • have chosen their conflicts for focus in each module
  • explain where they get their information about contemporary conflicts and how they will streamline this information for the purposes of the course
  • understand approaches to the study of international conflict management
  • have completed assignment 1, personal introduction and self-assessment for conflict analysis, and posted it on Moodle
  • Describe international conflict management as a field of study
  • Describe the changing nature of security and the problem of “new wars”
  • Reproduce a framework for linking political, economic, and social dimensions of security

Required Reading

  • Review of news sources and streamlined information
  • Course web site – preview all weeks
  • Course web site – review sources and links from sources POE410 course outline
  • Butler, chapter 1 what is international conflict management?
  • Butler, chapter 2 changing nature of security

Students will provide 60 second summaries of assigned readings at the beginning of the class.

A note about the textbooks and additional reading

The principle of learner-centered teaching means that our course will take shape based on what you already know coming into the class, how you organize that knowledge, and what you are motivated to learn.  The texts and materials available for this course exceed the time available for reading and class discussion by several orders of magnitude, so what we spend our time focused on will be largely directed by you.  You need to develop an awareness of the scope and content of the course quickly in order to make informed decisions about how you will spend your time and where you will focus.

Weekly Activities (on-line and in-class) ⬅︎ DO THIS STUFF!

  • look through the course web site before the first class.
  • set up your news feed – we’ll compare them in class.
  • familiarize yourself with the course textbooks and the contents of other references provided in the POE410 course outline
  • look at the conflicts listed on the Resources page, and select a conflict on which to focus during the course, or several conflicts for different parts of the course.  You will be asked to explain this choice in the first class.
  • complete assignment 1 and post it on Moodle
  • review your writing partner’s assignment 1, and complete the assignment 1 wrapper
  • be prepared to provide a 60 second summary of your news feed
  • be prepared to provide a 60 second summary of your chosen conflict and reasoning for choosing it.
  • be prepared to provide a 60 second summary of Butler, Chapter 1
  • be prepared to provide a 60 second summary of Butler, Chapter 2
  • Post material relevant to conflict on Moodle –  credit for this will show up in your “teamwork” score for each module assignment.

Additional reading and resources

David Last, lastdav(at)gmail.com,  updated December 2016