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Peace in the 21st Century: Critical Debates on Violence, Justice, and Peace

FKVC35 – Peace in the 21st Century: Critical Debates on Violence, Justice, and Peace (7.5 credits). Bachelor course in Peace and Conflict Studies. Spring term.

What is the relationship between peace and justice? How are different types of violence related to struggles for peace? How do we envision peace in the 21st century?

Much of peace and conflict studies centres around peace in relation to violent armed conflict. However, armed conflict is but a particular instance of violence; meanwhile, violence of unjust social structures may go unnoticed. Without considering these issues, peace remains partial, potentially perpetrating further systems of injustice and violence.

This course brings you into close conversation with challenges of the 21st century, such as racial injustices and environmental degradation, to foster understanding of such political issues through a peace studies approach.

Foregrounding critical theories such as those from decolonial and feminist perspectives, you will examine key concepts and theories related to peace, violence, and justice.

The course is structured around a number of grounding theoretical lectures, as well as seminars where you critically apply these theories to problematize empirical cases.

You will gain perspectives on contemporary political issues through a focus on critical peace theories that highlights different types of violence in connection to justice and visions of peace.

Literature (pdf, new window)
Syllabus (pdf, new window)


Helen Fogelin

International coordinator – incoming students

Room: 234
Telephone: +46 (0)46-2228951
E-mail: helen [dot] fogelin [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se