Week 1 : Understanding Conflict

In the first week we look at the dynamics of conflict, using a conflict transformation approach. The conflict transformation approach is one which encompasses the long-term perspective, emphasises a process-oriented approach and includes a focus on structural change in conflict resolution processes. You will be introduced to basic conflict analysis tools, which will help you to identify: the different stages a conflict typically goes through; to map the actors involved; to look beyond the level of conflict behaviour to its underlying structures and attitudes; and to distinguish root causes from proximate causes.

Understanding what fuels a conflict and the violence that can accompany it is a first step towards challenging the status quo.


Week 2 : Transforming conflict structures

In the second week we will delve deeper into the question of how to address the structural causes of a conflict, and how can we challenge unjust power structures in order to find durable solutions to the outbreak of violence.


Week 3 : Imagining a shared future

In the third week we will address the cultural aspects and issues of conflict transformation. After understanding the causes of conflict we need to challenge its structures and establish how to imagine a shared future. Finding lasting solutions requires creativity and the inclusion of the other, the enemy, in your vision of a post-conflict society.

Glossary: Overview of key concepts and what they mean

Tools: Throughout the course we discuss a series of tools that are helpful, both in the process of conflict analsyis and transformation. In this section you can find an overview of all the tools mentioned in the course. Each tool includes a description, and indication of its purpose and the context in which it has been developed and suggestions for further reading. The tools presented here are complementary to the course text and merit to be studied in detail as you will be asked to apply them in the assignments.

Library :  Key publications in the field, with a focus on those that are available online.

Actors : “Who's Who?” in the field of conflict transformation.