4 credits. Student option grading.
This course brings together information produced by academics and policy-makers that pertains to peace and conflict in the contemporary world. We will discuss how various issues ranging from nationalism and ethnocentrism; land-, water-, resource- and infrastructure management; as well as various scientific and knowledge practices can exacerbate conflict that can impact our ability to deal with current challenges, ranging from climate change, migration, to the rise of hard borders. At the same time, we will investigate how trans-border collaboration and regional integration, as well as trans border knowledge production, education and science diplomacy have the potential to serve as tools for peace-and capacity building and for establishing a platform that enables us to better address policy challenges in the 21st century. In this course we draw on a range of disciplinary traditions, with a particular focus on Science & Technology Studies, International Relations, Border Studies, as well as Peace & Conflict Studies. In this course we will also work with and discuss issues of peace and conflict with policy-makers, experts and stakeholders involved in policy-making and in peace-and capacity-building.