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Arkistoitu opetusohjelma 2012–2013
Selaat vanhentunutta opetusohjelmaa. Voimassa olevan opetusohjelman löydät täältä.
PEACE022 Environmental Dimensions of Conflicts and Peace Building 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 the environmental impacts of conflicts, the role of natural resources in conflicts, and environmental peace building.

General description

The course deals with the role of the environment and natural resources in conflicts and peace building. Among the key themes are environmental impacts of conflicts and warfare, and post-conflict environmental analysis. Moreover, the course describes how natural resources can function both as a source of conflicts and as tools in peace building and in post-conflict economic recovery and reconciliation. The theoretical underpinnings of environmental security are also discussed.

Enrolment for University Studies

Priority is given to PEACE students but some places are available for exchange students. Pre-enrolment by email (teemu.palosaari (a) uta.fi).


Teemu Palosaari, Teacher responsible


Lectures 24 hours
Mon 7-Jan-2013 - 11-Feb-2013 weekly at 10.15-11.45, seminar room, TAPRI
Wed 9-Jan-2013 - 13-Feb-2013 weekly at 10.15-11.45, seminar room, TAPRI


Numeric 1-5.

Evaluation criteria

Lecture seminars (24 h) and lecture diary or exam.

Study materials

Dalby, Simon 2009. Security and Environmental Change. Cambridge: Polity.

Leichenko, Robin & O’Brien Karen 2008.Environmental Change and Globalization. Double Exposures. Oxford University Press.

Ross, Michael L. 2004. “What Do We Know About Natural Resources and Civil War?” Journal of Peace Research 41(3), 337-356.

United Nations Environment Programme UNEP 2009. From Conflict to Peacebuilding. The Role of Natural Resources and the Environment.