Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation

Modular value: 20 credits
Duration: 5 days

Coordinator: Professor Nicholas Wheeler

Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation is a unique five day training programme included as an exclusive core module for the MSc in Global Cooperation and Security. It provides students with the opportunity to learn about different approaches to the developing field of trust-building in International Relations and to better understand how practitioners wrestle with the dilemmas of trust/mistrust in practical negotiating settings.

This programme involves lectures delivered by internationally renowned academics and practitioners who have a wealth of experience of mediation and negotiation in deeply adversarial settings. We also equip participants with core mediation and communication skills through two days of intensive training in conjunction with the Birmingham-based NGO Responding to Conflict, a professional organisation actively engaged in conflict resolution efforts.

You can find out more about our training programme by visiting our website.

Teaching and learning approach

The module will be delivered through a week long training programme involving intensive workshops, interactive lectures, group discussions, role-playing exercises, and case studies. You will spend two days undertaking training from a professional organisation in mediation and negotiation skills, and will have the opportunity to put these to the test in a one day crisis negotiation simulation at the end of the course.   

All students will recieve a certificate of participation from the ICCS and our professional partner, Responding to Conflict (RTC).


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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