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PEACE045 Reading conflicts contrapuntally 5 ECTS
Period I Period II Period III 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
Faculty of Social Sciences

Learning outcomes

After the course, the student is familiar with the basics of Edward Said's postcolonial theory and its main criticisms. In practice, the course exemplifies how postcolonial analysis can be conducted in peace and conflict studies and demonstrates some of the typical behavior patterns in challenging negotiation situations.

General description

This participatory course begins by choosing an acute international crisis. After a theory lecture, the selected conflict will be interpreted through Edward Said’s ‘contrapuntal reading’. In this type of analysis, a phenomenon is examined on multiple directions simultaneously, with the aim of finding a mutual understanding (‘reading’) of the conflict that takes into consideration the contrasting perspectives.

The course is composed of an obligatory theory lecture, seminar sessions, group work and an extended final seminar where the concluding contrapuntal reading of the conflict will be performed.

In order to pass the course, the participants need to attend the theory lecture, final extended seminar as well as three other seminar sessions. Furthermore, the participants are required to produce a group presentation and an essay. Places are limited in this course (max 15) and filled in the order of registration.

Enrolment for University Studies

We can still accept a few more students to this course! If you are interested, please send a message to eveliina.permi@uta.fi

Enrolment time has expired


Leena Vastapuu, Teacher responsible


23-Oct-2017 – 11-Dec-2017
Lectures 3 hours
Mon 23-Oct-2017 at 12-14, Linna 6018
Seminar 15 hours
Mon 20-Nov-2017 - 4-Dec-2017 weekly at 12-14, Linna 6018
Tue 21-Nov-2017 - 5-Dec-2017 weekly at 12-14, Linna 6018
Mon 11-Dec-2017 at 12-15, Linna 6018


Numeric 1-5.

Study materials

A reading list will be provided at the first lecture.