Environment, Conflict and Peace

Environment, Conflict and Peace




Summary: This course creates a learning environment for students to understand, analyze and critically engage with the questions and debates at the nexus of environment, conflict and peace.


Topics covered: This course has into three main sections: theory and concepts, the human dimension, and governance and innovation. In the first third of the course, students study the role of scarcity and violent conflict, the environment and security, environmental conflict resolution and peacebuilding, conflict recurrence and prevention, environmental peacebuilding including trust-building and benefit sharing. The course then examines weapons and the environment; land management and conflict; refugees and livelihoods; and climate change, energy and violent conflict. The course finishes by looking at global governance, war economies, conflict cooperation and eco-system management, water and war, and nongovernmental organizations and peacebuilding.


Methodology: Students are expected to read closely and critically assess all readings. There will be a series of reading quizzes during the first half of the course to ensure an understanding of the theoretical basis of the course. Students are also required to create two op-eds about a contemporary issue in the field. Additionally, students will break into small groups and conduct group research to be distributed and presented to the class to facilitate theoretical discussion. The final assignment of the course is to write a consultancy essay to produce a report on a specific issue closely related to the course topic.