Peace and Development Studies II

30 credits

In this course you will learn about the linkages between peace and development, and you study conflicts and conflict resolution in relation to the development process in different countries. In the course we also deepen the discussion about global development and theories of development in an economic perspective. The role of media in shaping our understanding is another important topic, as well the conditions of production of the global media industry. The course is finalised through an independent assignment built on computerised quantitative data within the peace and development area of research.

The relations between peace, conflict and security are studied from economic, sociological and political perspectives. Important questions are related to why violent conflicts often take place in countries with a low level of development, and how this situation may be influenced. Which actors at local, regional and global level in the world society are influencing the development? As we study development together with peace and conclicts we may better understand how poverty and growing global rifts can cause conflicts and violence.

After having participated in the course you are expected to know and account for different theories and methods of conflict analysis and conditions for development. You should also be able to discuss the relations between theory, method and reality.


Växjö is a modern city with more than 80,000 inhabitants. The city has been declared "the Greenest City in Europe" because of its focus on environmentally sound solutions and the environmental programs implemented.

Being a student in Växjö you have easy access to everything – the city centre, the woods and the lakes. The pedestrian path from campus around Lake Växjösjön reaches almost all the way to the city centre and is perfect for jogging or taking long walks.

Campus Växjö is modeled along the lines of an American campus university and is the natural meeting place for students in Växjö. Campus is always bustling with life, and students move between lecture rooms, the University Library and the restaurants, pubs and outdoor recreational areas.