International Peace Studies students are immersed in an interdisciplinary cutting-edge course of study that examines the causes and consequences of war and armed conflict, with a view to understanding how to achieve sustainable peace. Lecturers draw on inter-disciplinary perspectives from politics and political science, international relations, philosophy, sociology, ethics and conflict resolution, allowing students to engage critically with the social, political and economic issues associated with peace and violence. Topics include:
The Politics of Peace and Conflict
UN and Conflict Resolution
Gender in War and Peace
The course also provides students with the opportunity to engage with those working in conflict resolution and peace-building, by providing an internship module, field trips to Belfast and UN Geneva and various guest lectures from experienced diplomats and NGO officials throughout the year.