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PEACE036 Peacebuilders: Individual-Driven Approaches to Peace 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
School of Social Sciences and Humanities

Learning outcomes

The students gain insights into concrete examples of peace-building and contribute questioning studies on the work of selected individuals.

General description

In this module we study different approaches to peace through the examples of specific individuals who have earned recognition for their actions in the cause of peace. Here the term ‘peacebuilder’ is interpreted in a broad sense. The lectures will introduce a selection of individuals, the conflict situations they faced, and the means of their coping with theconflict. These personalities will include some acclaimed peacebuilders and historical figures like Mohandas Gandhi, Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela and Willy Brandt. Their individual positions on non-violence, or their acceptance of qualified violence under certain circumstances, will be discussed. Attention will also be paid to the peacebuilders’ own explanations of their motivations, actions and objectives, and the – potentially different – international perception of their work in hindsight.

Furthermore, each student will present a research paper on a chosen individual and thereby contribute one approach to the complex topic of peacebuilding. Interested students are encouraged to start thinking about the choice of ‘their’ peacebuilder (different from the individuals presented by the teacher) already before the first session. The sources used for the research paper should ideally include original writings and speeches by the selected peacebuilder.

Enrolment for University Studies

The course primarily targets degree students in the Master’s programme in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research. If places are available, UTA Master's degree students from other programmes can be selected to the course.
Max. 18 students

Enrolment time has expired


Benedikt Schoenborn, Teacher responsible


12-Jan-2015 – 9-Mar-2015
Lectures 12 hours
Mon 12-Jan-2015 - 2-Feb-2015 weekly at 14-17, Linna 6017, no session on 9-Feb-2015
Seminar 12 hours
Mon 16-Feb-2015 - 9-Mar-2015 weekly at 14-17, Linna 6017


Numeric 1-5.

Evaluation criteria

Evaluation will be based on the student’s research paper, research presentation, and classroom participation.

Study materials

Required readings and additional literature will be announced on the course’s Moodle page.