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PEACE021 International Peace Building: Historical and Critical Approach 5 op
Organised by
MP in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research
Peace and Conflict Research
Person in charge
Marko Lehti/TAPRI
Corresponding course units in the curriculum
Yhteiskunta- ja kulttuuritieteiden yksikkö
Curricula 2012 – 2015


Strategic themes: Internationalisation

Learning outcomes

To gain understanding of how understanding of war and peacemaking have changed over past centuries
- The student learns what is understood as peace building in theory and in practice
- The students understands what is meant by democratic peace theory
- The students learns how human rights are attached to peace


This course examined the long term transformation of the understanding of “war” and “peace” and explains how peacemaking tools have changed since the beginning of the 19th century. The course start with introducing Imannuel Kant’s theory on perpetual peace and how this has influenced peace thinking for two centuries. The course gives attention to 19th century peace movememts, the League of Nation and the United Nations. Furthermore, it adopt critical approach democratic peace theory and human rights peace that have been dominating ideologies in post-Cold War era. The emerge of liberal peace building is examined and introduced the latest discussion about “hybrid peace” and “popular peace”. Phenomena like responsibility to protect, humanitarian intervention and liberal peace are explained.
-History of peace movement and peacemaking from Kant to present
-Democratic peace theory
-Human rights and peace
-Liberal peace building and its critic

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in course work  5 ECTS
In English
Further information 

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

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

Yhteiskunta- ja kulttuuritieteiden yksikkö
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Yhteiskunta- ja kulttuuritieteiden yksikkö