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PEACE045 Identities in Peace and Conflict 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

After completing the course, the students are able to critically consider the political role of identities for peace and conflict. They learn to analyse, how identities are socially constructed through discursive and material practices in different empirical contexts. They understand the complex construction of parallel identities through the intersecting dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality, and how identity constructions build on political processes of marginalisation, silencing, and othering. In the course exercises, the students learn to apply the theoretical perspectives in practice, in case studies of their own choice.

General description

Identities of enmity and belonging create a crucial role in conflicts and violence as well as in peace. Identities and the related subject positions, however, do not emerge naturally, but are socially and politically constructed, in discursive as well as material practices. This module provides an advanced introduction to questions and theories of identity, subjectivity and representation, addressing them through practical cases and examples in the field of peace and conflict research. The course is a combination of lectures and seminar work, where the students learn to apply the theories in and perspectives in concrete cases of peace and conflict.

The students are expected to participate in the lectures and seminars, read the assigned weekly readings, and do the related course work in the Moodle platform’s discussion forums. The main assignment of the course consists of a group project, handed in as a written research report, and presented and debated in a small student conference at the end of the course.

Enrolment for University Studies

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Tiina Vaittinen, Teacher responsible
Angel Iglesias Ortiz, Teacher responsible


22-Oct-2018 – 10-Dec-2018
Lectures 10 hours
Mon 22-Oct-2018 - 19-Nov-2018 weekly at 13-15, Linna 6017
Seminar 6 hours
Mon 26-Nov-2018 at 13-16, Linna 6017
Mon 10-Dec-2018 at 13-16, Linna 6017


Numeric 1-5.

Further information

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 Gender Studies, MDP in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare)

3. other degree students of UTA

4. exchange students