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PEACE021 International Peace Building: Historical and Critical Approach 5 ECTS
Organised by
MP in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research
Peace and Conflict Research
Person in charge
Marko Lehti/TAPRI

Learning outcomes

The student can describe how peace building has been part of international politics and how “war” and “peace” have been understood.


In this module we examine how the understanding of “war” and “peace” has changed, and discuss what is understood by the concept “new wars”. The question of how a need to build sustainable peace has entered into international politics is examined from the 19th century to present. Furthermore, we focus on how human rights have been adapted into international politics and how the international community has interfered with large scale peace building operations in the post-Cold War era. Phenomena like responsibility to protect, humanitarian intervention and liberal peace are explained.

Lectures (10 h), articles + seminar (14 h) (students give oral presentation on the basis of their essay)

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in course work 
In English

Examination (including lectures and selected literature) + seminar with essay focusing on one particular peace building case


Numeric 1-5.

Study materials

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

Further information

Some room in the course for exchange students and other students, please contact the teacher before the course.

Belongs to following study modules

School of Social Sciences and Humanities
School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
School of Social Sciences and Humanities