Module Identifier IP32620  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Marie Breen Smyth  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Lecture   16 Hours. 16 x 1 hour lectures  
  Seminars / Tutorials   8 Hours. 8 x 1 hour seminars  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours  50%
Semester Assessment 1 Seminar Presentation  10%
Semester Assessment 1 x 2500 word essay  40%

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.



This module is at CQFW Level 6