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PEACE045 Human Mobility in Peace and Conflict Research 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
MP in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research
Peace and Conflict Research
Faculty of Social Sciences

Learning outcomes

The student is familiar with various critical approaches to human mobility with a focus on forced displacement. In addition the student gains an understanding of qualitative methods, ethical questions related to human mobility and is capable to practice analytical skills in practical context.

General description

This module examines intersectional approaches to human mobility in peace and conflict research. Violent conflicts, ethnic, religious and gender-based discrimination, and human rights abuses produce forced  displacement. In this course, we will explore the global phenomenon of human mobility in a two-fold manner. The course introduces multiple critical perspectives and actors together with key theoretical and methodological debates. These debates are reflected in the local context of Tampere via close cooperation with a civil society organization that focuses on civic action and different dimensions of masculinity. Other field sites will also be visited during the course.

The course will offer the students a possibility to connect large-scale phenomena to their local manifestations and implications. The course seeks to facilitate understanding on how theories and abstract concepts shape, direct and resonate with people’s self-conceptions, and how forced migration enters into different people’s lives in multiple ways. What kinds of connections are formed between peaceful societies and conflict zones through human mobility?


Enrolment for University Studies

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Eeva Puumala, Teacher responsible
Anitta Kynsilehto, Teacher responsible


24-Oct-2018 – 12-Dec-2018
Wed 24-Oct-2018 - 12-Dec-2018 weekly at 12-14, Linna 6017
12-Dec-2018 at 12 –16


Numeric 1-5.

Evaluation criteria

The course work will be preceded by a preliminary task in which students will reflect on their personal connection on the phenomenon of human mobility. Students have to return the assignment before the first lecture.

The course consists of lectures, assigned readings, site visits and a practical project conducted outside the classroom. All parts need to be completed. Active classroom participation is required to promote peer-learning and dialogue with the practical partner. Students are required to write a brief final paper (3-5 pages) that reflects the combination of theory with practice.

Further information

Student of MDP in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research can include this course either to "PEACE045 Understanding Conflicts and Violence in Global Society" or to "Professional and Transferable Skills".

Max. 25 students. Students will be accepted to the course in the following order:

1. degree students of the MDP in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research

2. degree students of the other Global Society programmes (MDP in Global and Transnational Studies, MDP in Public Choice, MDP in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare, MDP in Gender Studies)

3. other degree students of UTA

4. exchange students (Master's level exchange students will be given priority)