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PEACE036 Peacebuilders: Individual-Driven Approaches to Peace 5 op
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MP in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research
Peace and Conflict Research

Learning outcomes

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


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 the conflict. These personalities will include some acclaimed peacebuilders and historical figures like Mohandas Gandhi and Aung San Suu Kyi, Mikhail Gorbachev and Willy Brandt, Nelson Mandela and Rosa Parks. 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.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 12 h 0 h
Seminar 12 h 0 h

Modes of study

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


Numeric 1-5.

Further information

The course is available for UTA degree students from other Master's degree programmes.

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