Semester 1 - Online
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This course considers the evolution of international peacekeeping, contemporary operations, and future challenges. It is divided into two parts. The first looks at the history and development of peacekeeping. It shows precisely how peacekeeping operations are put together, managed and directed and highlights many of the key dilemmas that confront contemporary peacekeepers. The second considers a range of contemporary dilemmas such as the use of force, post-conflict reconstruction, civil-military cooperation, and the role of warlords, mercenaries and private companies in contemporary war zones.
Intended learning outcomes
After successfully completing this course students should be able to:
- Explain the legal basis and institutional framework for international peacekeeping;
- Identify different types of peacekeeping operations according to the objectives and the tools employed;
- Discuss the origins and contemporary relevance of concepts such as consent, impartiality, and minimum use of force;
- Understand and critically assess the evolution of peacekeeping methods;
- Identify the main aspects of a complex emergency and understand the problems this presents for peacekeepers.
Last updated: 2 December 2019