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210082 SE BA 15 East European Studies (2010W)

Justice, Equality and Governance Transformation in Conflict Societies: Kosovo and Northern Ireland

6.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 21 - Politikwissenschaft
Continuous assessment of course work

English course title: Justice, Equality and Governance Transformation in Conflict Societies: Kosovo and Northern Ireland

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Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).

Details

max. 50 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 08.11. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Monday 15.11. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Monday 22.11. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Monday 29.11. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Monday 29.11. 20:15 - 21:30 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Monday 13.12. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Monday 13.12. 20:00 - 22:00 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Monday 10.01. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Monday 10.01. 20:15 - 21:30 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Monday 17.01. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Monday 24.01. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Monday 31.01. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Monday 31.01. 20:15 - 21:30 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

The primary objective of this course is to examine the main approaches of justice and equality with regard to their applicability and contribution to the explanation and resolution of conflicts in divided societies. Students will be introduced to various theoretical perspectives which will then be examined through a the case studies of Kosovo and Northern Ireland. The applied focus will be on the dynamics and transformation of political and socio-economic governance structures of these societies and on their impact on the communities on the ground.

Assessment and permitted materials

Students are expected to attend the course regularly, to actively participate and to develop and refine their own views through critical engagement with the literature on justice, equality, governance and the selected conflict societies discussed in the course. Relevant literature will be made available in a course reader and on the course’s e-learning platform, which may also serve as communication and discussion forum. Students are encouraged to conduct their own literature research on specific course topics. Throughout the course a main focus is on developing expertise through keeping a research diary, participating in discussions and in small working groups on specific issues. The working groups are expected to give an informed presentation on a specific lecture topic. In the subsequent discussions, which will be moderated and guided by the lecturer, students are expected to assume the role of discussants. Finally, each student is expected to submit her/his final essay on a specific essay question.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The main objective is to trace the historical development of the conditions and actual meanings of justice and equality in divided societies and to explore their transformative capacity for conflict resolution. This will include a comparative dimension in that two case studies – Kosovo and Northern Ireland – will be analyzed and discussed. The course will first outline the main theoretical approaches of justice and equality which will serve as the basis for the analysis of the conflicts in question. It will then identify and discuss the main issues at stake, the key players as well as the governance framework.

Examination topics

The course is organized as a workshop, in which the lecturers and participants will discuss and analyse different justice, equality and governance approaches in situations of conflict. The course material includes literature, audio and video sources.

Reading list

Indicative Literature:
Baker, J. et al (2004) Equality: From Theory to Action. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Dixon, P. (2001) Northern Ireland: the Politics of War and Peace. New York: Palgrave.
Judah, T. (2008) Kosovo. What Everyone Needs to Know. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Kymlicka, W. (2002) Contemporary Political Philosophy: An Introduction. 2nd Ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press
Malcolm, N. (2002) Kosovo. A Short History. London: Pan Books.
Rawls, J (2001) Justice as Fairness: a Restatement. Edited by Erin Kelly. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press.
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and United Nations Development Programme (2007) The Challenges of Restoring Governance in Crisis and Post-Conflict Countries. New York: United Nations.

The Agreement: Agreement Reached in the Multi-Party Negotiations (1998) Dublin: The Stationary Office, and London: Her Majesty’s Stationery Office. Available: http://www.niassembly.gov.uk/io/agreement.htm

The Comprehensive Proposal for Kosovo Status Settlement (2007) United Nations Security Council. Available: http://www.unosek.org/unosek/en/statusproposal.html

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