The purpose of the course is to provide knowledge creation and knowledge transfer in the areas of international conflict analysis, prevention and resolution. While the majority of world is aware of the major alternative dispute resolution processes such as negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and hybrid ADR processes, most do not have a solid foundation in the areas of conflict analysis and prevention, either domestically or internationally, despite the numerous international institutions that seem tailored to resolve international disputes. Furthermore, these areas of analysis and prevention are severely overlooked and under-utilised in the seemingly urgent need to quickly resolve disputes. In so doing, many disputes, especially on the international stage, sometimes result in only interim solutions that are neither long-lasting nor sustainable.
The aim of this course is to investigate and critically examine ways in which conflict analysis and conflict prevention, both at the domestic and especially at the international level, can foster more efficient and more effective conflict resolution that is both sustainable and results in greater international harmony. By accomplishing the course aims and objectives, students will develop a more nuanced and methodical approach to helping solve some of our global society’s most pressing international and domestic conflicts by leveraging a broader knowledgebase of international conflict analysis, prevention, and resolution processes and techniques.
The structure of the course reflects the fact that accomplishing the course aims requires students to undertake the following tasks:
- Display an attitude of curiosity, creative problem-solving, and innovation towards knowledge and issues analysed in class;
- Demonstrate an ability to critically analyse and synthesise knowledge as well as apply that knowledge to solve real-life social problems at the domestic and international level by leveraging a comparative and interdisciplinary understanding of issues; and
- Accomplish the production of a significant independent research paper consistent with relevant academic writing standards, which will serve as a basis for the discovery of innovative and creative solutions to real-life situations and legal issues as well as a self-designed conflict analysis, prevention, and resolution (CAPeR) decision framework.
Students will accomplish the above tasks in a positive, discovery-enriched, interactive learning environment composed of a combination of class instruction using the Socratic method (where applicable), technology integration tools, independent study, and the assistance of individual one-on-one mentoring sessions as needed. Independent thinking and skills development is strongly encouraged as this will be a necessary element in the continued development of a discovery and innovation mindset towards conflict analysis, prevention, and resolution in a professional setting.