University college cork, ireland department of Government certificate in conflict and conflict resolution the Certificate in Conflict and Conflict Resolution

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Department of Government

The Certificate in Conflict and Conflict Resolution is offered to Visiting Students only (i.e. JYA students, Visiting Erasmus students). It runs in Teaching Period 1 of each year (September to December with end of year exams taking place in December).

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The Certificate in Conflict and Conflict Resolution is especially designed for visiting students at University College Cork (UCC) during the Autumn Semester. It provides a comprehensive introduction to the issues dominating the study of contemporary conflict and conflict resolution processes.  It explores the pattern and trajectory of conflict and the processes of resolution at a range of levels from small-scale disputes to international crises. The programme includes an explicit focus on the Northern Ireland experience of conflict and marries this with consideration of other types and scale of ethnic and international political disputes.  Modules are designed to inform students about key concepts, developments and challenges in the study of political conflict and all its forms.  Particular attention is paid to:

  • Theories and practice of conflict and conflict resolution;

  • Architecture of the international system and theories of international relations;

  • Origins, roots and causes of the Northern Ireland conflict;

  • Attempts to manage/resolve the Northern Ireland conflict;

  • Challenges and potential solutions for global governance;

  • Peace keeping proliferation; the global economy, environmental problems and human rights issues.

Course Structure
Students pursuing the Certificate select a total of 30 credits:

  • Core (compulsory) modules: 20 credits = 4 x 5 credit modules

  • Elective modules: 10 credits = 2 x 5 credit modules

Compulsory Core modules (20 credits). Each module carries a 5 credit weighting.

  • GV2236: International Politics I: Concepts and Theories

  • GV3006: Politics in Northern Ireland

  • GV3210 Conflict and Conflict Resolution

  • GV4401 Global Governance 1

Elective modules (10 credits). Each module carries a 5 credit weighting.

Students may choose two modules from the list of elective modules or choose one module from the list of electives and one other module from any academic department offering modules to Visiting Students - subject to timetable constraints.

  • GV1215 Local Government and Politics of Ireland

  • GV1217 Introduction to Political Science

  • GV2002 Politics of the United States of America

  • GV2230 Public Management Concepts

  • GV2232 Qualitative Methods for Political Science

  • GV2234 Core Issues in Comparative European Government

  • GV3208 Elections and Voting

  • GV3212 Political Economy I

  • GV4305 The European Union: Integration and Institutions

  • GV4409 Political Ideologies and Social Change

  • LW1108 Introduction to the Legal System

  • LW1161 Constitutional Law: Fundamental Rights

  • LW1162 Constitutional Law: Institutions of Government

  • LW2100 Constitutional and Institutional Law of the European Union

  • LW2207 International Human Rights Law

Module descriptions are contained in the UCC Visiting Student Book of Modules: 
Examinations: full details of regulations governing Examinations for each programme are contained in UCC’s Marks and Standards.

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