PEACE2 Peace Research Design 5 op
Organised by
MP in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research
Peace and Conflict Research
Corresponding course units in the curriculum
Yhteiskunta- ja kulttuuritieteiden yksikkö
Curricula 2015 – 2017
PEACE2 Peace Research Design 5 ECTS


Strategic themes: Internationalisation

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this course the student:
- has learned how to choose his/her research topic, frameworks and questions.
- is able to define relevant methods to his/her theme.
- knows where to find research material and how to use it.
- has a sound understanding of the criteria for scientific research.
- is aware of methodical approaches relevant in Peace and Conflict Research.


Introductory lectures to support the beginning of thesis writing process and selected lectures about research materials and relevant research methods. Special emphasis is put on the questions pertaining to multi- and interdisciplinary approaches. In more practical terms, the course offers methodological tools for selecting the research perspective and formulating the research question. Includes compulsory reading on peace and conflict research and an intensive seminar where the student presents his/her thesis idea (several papers). The topic for his/her Master's thesis is decided and outlined with the help of the supervisor.
Will be offered during 1st year, spring term.

Modes of study

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

Completing this course requires writing a research plan and reading a selected book.



Study materials


Höglund, Kristine & Öberg, Magnus (2011): Understanding Peace Research. Methods and Challenges.  Routledge.


Further information

This course is compulsory (and available only) to the degree students in the PEACE programme.

Belongs to following study modules

Yhteiskuntatieteiden tiedekunta
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