This course is available as both a Standalone Short Course and Short Course for Credit.
Please go to the 'Upgrade to a professional qualification' section for more information.

The aim of this module is two-fold, with a particular focus on issues of leadership, management and the security-development nexus: 


  • To provide students with a theoretical, empirical and comparative introduction to the key concepts, debates and assumptions underlying international approaches to peacebuilding and state-building; and
  • To enable students to analyse, explain and make well-founded policy recommendations regarding the context, desirability and design of international interventions for peacebuilding and state-building.   

  • At a glance

    • Dates
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    • LocationOnline
    • Cost

      Short Course for Credit fee - £860

      Standalone Short Course fee - £1,490

    What you will learn

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

  • Examine key case studies in international peacebuilding and state-building through the application of concepts and theories;
  • Compare and contrast international responses to peacebuilding and state-building;
  • Evaluate the assumptions that drive contemporary third-party management of peacebuilding and state-building processes;
  • Analyse the role that different international and national actors can play leading processes of peacebuilding and state-building;  
  • Assess the unintended consequences of international interventions in security, justice, economic and political governance, and community development.


  • Core content

    The course will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to key concepts (peace, war, violence) and key case studies (real life examples)
  • The ‘Managing vs Resolving Conflict’ debate and its impact in the evolution of peace operations
  • Building Peace through security/justice, political and economic reforms
  • Exporting or Adapting Peace? Management and Leadership Roles
  • The Liberal Peace Doctrine


  • Upgrade to a professional qualification

    After successful completion of this Short Course for Credit, 10 credit points can be put towards the Leadership and Security Pathway of the Defence and Security Programme (Leadership and Management) MSc

    How to apply

    To apply for this course please use the online application form.

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