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Arkistoitu opetusohjelma 2012–2013
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PEACE019 Cultures, Dialogues, Conflicts 5 ECTS
Period I Period II Period II Period IV
Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Advanced studies
Course unit descriptions in the curriculum
Master's Programme in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research
Rauhan- ja konfliktintutkimus
School of Social Sciences and Humanities

Learning outcomes

The student is familiar with contemporary debate on cultures, civilisations and their role of conflicts. The student understands the basic concepts and thus can independently analyse the different approaches and overcome the main stereotypical simplifications in this domain.

General description

During the last quarter of a century, when conflicts between states have been decreasing, there have been attempts to present cultures and civilisations as dividing features which could be origins of tensions and conflicts. This course will approach these questions by studying the possible role cultures and civilisations might have in peace and conflicts. The main thesis of the course is that cultures and civilisations are not actors themselves, but that they are used, often politically, by different partners in conflicts. Several cases are studied in the lecture in order to explicate how cultures are used in conflicts.

Enrolment for University Studies

Max. 24 students. Priority is given to PEACE students but some places are available for exchange students. Pre-enrolment by December 20 by email (outi.tomperi (a) uta.fi).


Tuomo Melasuo, Teacher responsible


Lectures 28 hours
Mon 7-Jan-2013 - 25-Feb-2013 weekly at 14.15-15.45, seminar room, TAPRI
Thu 10-Jan-2013 - 28-Feb-2013 weekly at 14.15-15.45, seminar room, TAPRI, no lecture on Thursdays 17.1. and 24.1.


Numeric 1-5.

Evaluation criteria

Participation in lectures and seminar, plus essay, all including selected literature.

Study materials

Reading list will be announced at the beginning of the course.