Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 16 Hours. 16 x 1 hour lectures
Seminars / Tutorials 8 Hours. 8 x 1 hour seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x 2500 word essay  40%
Semester Assessment 1 Seminar Presentation  10%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   50%

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss the key features of peace settlements in South Africa, Northern Ireland and Israel/Palestine.
  2. Describe and analyse the key features of transition from violence to non-violence in the tree regions
  3. Demonstrate, through written work and in seminars, an ability to transfer insights from one region to another.
  4. Define and evaluate the significance of the rule of law, legal reform and policing in the transition out of political violence
  5. Discuss and compare competing approaches to the issue of truth recovery in the post-settlement phase.
  6. Illustrate and evaluate the different core issues surrounding the management of former combatants
  7. Demonstrate, through written work and in seminar discussions, an awareness and understanding of the role of victims in peace processes and post-settlement peace building


Thsi module adds to Departmental provision in the areas of terrorism, protest and insurgency, offering students the opportunity to learn about the specific challenges of peace-building in societies affected by long term conflicts. Teaching is focused on Northern Ireland, South Africa and the Middle East(Israel/Palestine) and will offer opportunities for comparative analysis.

Brief description

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the diversity of challenges that arise after peace settlements following long-term conflicts and insurgencies where political terror and counter-terrorist measures have been employed. These challenges will be considered in the light of their significance for establishing political stability and a functioning civil society in the post settlement period.


  • Why and how do conflicts end? Military, security and political approaches to conflict in Northern Ireland, South Africa and Israel/Palestine
  • The nature of peace settlements and role of third and fourth parties
  • Demographic shifts and the role of youth in peace processes
  • Militarization, and approaches to demilitarization
  • The role of political prisoners, former combatants and processes of reintegration
  • Democratization and political participation
  • The role of victims in the peace process and post settlement period


This module is at CQFW Level 6