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853-0015-00L  Conflict Research I: Political Violence

SemesterAutumn Semester 2020
LecturersS. Rüegger
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman
CommentOnly for Public Policy BA.


AbstractIntroduction to research on political violence in domestic and international politics. This course covers the causes and solutions to different types of political violence including interstate wars, civil wars, terrorism or social protests.
ObjectiveKnowledge on different types of political violence and their causes.
ContentThis course offers an introduction to research on the causes and solutions to political violence in domestic and international politics. First, we discuss the definitions and concepts used in conflict research, the data and methods commonly applied and their historical development. Second, we focus on interstate wars und examine in this context state formation, nationalism and democracy. The third part of the course focuses on different types of political violence, including civil war, terrorism or social protests.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe course «Conflict Research II» in the following semester further examines civil wars.

Exercises complete the lectures, where the literature will be further discussed. The participants write a short memo (max. 3 pages) about one of the required readings.