Modular value: 20 credits
Duration: 5 days
Coordinator: Professor Nicholas Wheeler
Trust-building and Conflict Transformation is a unique five day module that will offer participants the chance to gain a valuable insight into the field of conflict transformation. Moving beyond traditional conflict resolution models, this module introduces a variety of innovative and cutting edge approaches to promoting conflict transformation in the face of seemingly intractable conflicts. This five day programme will be split into two key sections; the first section introduces participants to the techniques and skills vital to conflict transformation, the second section encourages participants to utilise these new skills through a two day crisis simulation exercise.
Participants will be taught by internationally renowned conflict practitioners with a wealth of experience in dealing with negotiations and mediation in deeply adversarial settings. This includes a mixture of specialist trainers and policy makers who have dealt with intractable conflicts at both the local and global level, employing models of best practice and reflections from personal experience.
Teaching and learning approach
The module will be delivered through intensive workshops using a range of teaching and learning methods, including interactive lectures, group discussions, role-playing exercises, and case studies.
The first day will provide a general introduction to the more innovative methods of responding to conflict in deeply adversarial settings, including the role that trust, empathy and emotions can play in moving beyond typical conflict resolution models towards a deeper level of conflict transformation.
The second day focuses upon the theory and practices of negotiation; experienced trainers will help participants to develop core negotiating skills, and to understand how these can be applied in a variety of contemporary conflict settings.
The third day mirrors the second, but with a core focus on the theories and practices of mediation as an integral alternative dispute resolution in seemingly intractable conflicts, in order to build up participants’ portfolio of key skills in conflict transformation.
Day Four and Day Five
The second section of the module draws together all of the different skillsets developed over the previous three days, culminating in a two day crisis simulation exercise of a contemporary global security event. In 2014 the module will focus on the Iranian nuclear crisis; participants will undertake a crisis simulation scenario based upon the P5+1 negotiations with Iran and possible UNSC involvement. Participants will engage with the difficult choices facing Iran and the international community and assess the possibilities for conflict transformation
The assessment for the module will consist of:
A 5,000 word portfolio worth 100% of the module marks
On completion of the module students will be asked to reflect, through a 5,000 word portfolio, on all of the different approaches covered, and to assess the possibilities of promoting a global culture of non-violent conflict management.
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