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United Nations and Conflict Resolution

Module Code: EM7435A

  • ECTS Credit : 5
  • Mandatory/ Optional : Optional
  • Module Coordinator : Dr Etain Tannam
  • Module Length: 11 weeks (Hilary Term)

Module Description:

The aim of this course is to examine and evaluate the role of the UN in maintaining peace, in the light of international relations theory.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Evaluate the United Nations’  decision-making process
  • Evaluate the success of the UN in conflict resolution and peace-building
  • Apply international relations theory to cases of the United Nations and conflict resolution
  • Communicate arguments and positions clearly and effectively in both verbal and written form, based on evidence and critical reasoning.

Delivery and syllabus:

One hour lecture and one hour seminar per week, consisting of a lecturing input, student participation. Students are expected to read before each session to facilitate discussion.


  • IR Theory 1
  • IR Theory 2
  • The UN’s decision-making process-Security Council
  • The General Assembly and Secretariat
  • The UN and Conflict
  • The UN and Human Rights
  • The UN and the Balkans
  • The UN and Cyprus
  • The UN and the Middle East
  • UN Reform
  • Assessing the UN

Recommended Texts

  • Carlsnaes W., Risse, T., Simmons B., 2002, eds., Handbook of International Relations, London, Sage
  • Reus-Smit C., and Snidal, D., 2008, Oxford Handbook of International Relations, Oxford, OUP
  • Mingst K., and Karns M., 2012, The United Nations in the 21st century, Boulder, Westview
  • Weiss T., et al, 2009, The Oxford Handbook on the United Nations, Oxford, OUP


One 3000 word essay.