Analysis: Understanding Conflict (533)

Gloria Rhodes

Analysis focuses on understanding the factors that cause conflict and violence and those that support peacebuilding. Good conflict analysis skills are a central component of designing effective strategies for transforming conflict and building peace. This course will use a variety of analytical models to:

  • Understand different categories of conflict and their sources;
  • Explore conflict relationships and the motivations and worldviews of those involved; and
  • Analyze conflicts as emergent systems to identify leverage points for systemic change.

Course participants will explore conflicts through a number of lenses including identity (gender, religion, nationality, etc.), motivations, human needs, stages of conflict, power dynamics, structural violence, drivers of change analysis, and the influence of trauma among others. Case studies of inter-personal, community, societal, and global-level conflicts will bring analysis to life through role plays and simulations, giving a chance to practice analysis skills. Participants will become more aware of their own roles and biases in conflicts through self-assessment and will develop their ability to “see” and describe conflict from different perspectives. The class will also focus on research strategies for gathering and organizing data for effective analysis. The class will consider and develop theories of change as an intermediate step to designing effective social change. Small group work will focus on designing intervention and programmatic responses to specific conflict situations.

This course is being offered for training and for academic credit. The syllabus details the number of credits hours and associated course requirements.


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