Ending Deadly Conflict

Discipline: Semester at Sea Seminars
Instructor: Brigham
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 1050
End: 1205
Field Work: Day 1 - Cape Town - Friday, 28 March | South Africa
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

This course uses historical case studies to identify practical ways to end conflict and build sustainable peace. It is concerned with the vulnerability of the weak, failed and collapsed states, with post conflict periods that have reignited into violence, and problems of mediating conflicts that are unusually resistant to resolution. Of particular interest will be the role that third party intermediaries and global governance institutions have played in bringing about a negotiated end to violence.

Field Work

Country: South Africa
Day: 1 - Cape Town - Friday, 28 March

We will meet with experts on the transition from apartheid to civil society in South Africa, hearing lectures by Melanie Dugmore of South Africa’s Human Rights Commission, Carol Clarkson at the University of Cape Town on the role of art and culture in South African transitional justice, Law Professor Richard Calland, the staff at the International Center for Transitional Justice in Cape Town, and a will we finish with South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Academic Objectives:

  1. Identify key aspects of transitional justice and how they were used in the South African context.
  2. Explore the role of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in a non-violent transition to civil society.
  3. Examine the impact of art, history, and culture on transitional justice.