GLOBAL TOLERANCE AND PEACE STUDIES

SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMN225817
Module Leader n/a
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject GCU London
Trimesters
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

This module will enable students to examine the concepts and context of a culture of tolerance among peoples and among nations including the global adoption of soft power policy. Throughout the world, nations state that they seek security and peace for all human beings. Despite these stated intentions and efforts to prevent international and regional disputes and conflicts, the international community has witnessed a steady increase in international and regional conflicts. As a result, there will be an examination of the process of conflict resolution and more training in the whole range of conflict resolution skills such as mediation. Every conflict is diverse and complex and consequently should include carefully considered engagement which usually follows steps of negotiation, conciliation, mediation, arbitration and can contain reference to regional peace-making agencies. Actions can comprise preventive diplomacy including the selection of a skilled committee of inquiry with the power to look into the establishment of political missions. Other steps can include the use of the good offices of the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) as well as reference to the UN Security Council which has the authority to apply sanctions or appoint peace-keepers. This module will examine methods to spread a culture of tolerance and peaceful coexistence, uphold human values, support the points of rapprochement among peoples, and in line with the contemporary orientation of the United Nations, which believes that tolerance and peace are an urgent necessity, as called for by the Secretary -General of the United Nations, Mr. Antonio Gutierrez.

Syllabus

This module will examine methods to spread a culture of tolerance and peaceful coexistence, uphold human values, support the points of rapprochement among peoples, and in line with the contemporary orientation of the United Nations, which believes that tolerance and peace are an urgent necessity, as called for by the Secretary -General of the United Nations, Mr. Antonio Gutierrez. The following areas will be covered: 1. The key role of education in the peaceful solution of conflicts. 2.The importance of sustainable development to help eliminate poverty. 3. Display a systematic understanding of and be able to discuss fundamental nature of human rights. 4. Examples of how national culture may influence countries' attitude towards the significance of gender equality. 5. Evaluation of the development of tolerance and solidarity among peoples, especially vulnerable groups and migrants, within individual nations and among nations. 6. Understanding of the process of conflict resolution. 7. The essential nature of dialogue and the free flow of communication among peoples and nations. 8. The promotion of disarmament and peace initiatives.

Learning Outcomes

On successfull completion of the module the students should be able to:-1. Demonstrate a critical and in-depth understanding of fundamental human rights, the development of tolerance and solidarity among peoples, especially vulnerable groups and migrants, within individual nations and among nations. (CW01)2. Evaluate the process of conflict resolution and role of education in peace initiatives. (CW01)3. Develop and present compelling and persuasive cases through applying major concepts of peace and tolerance studies in order to overcome origins of conflict. (CW01)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The teaching and learning strategy includes the use of a variety of techniques including guided independent study, lectures, and seminars conducted by academic staff to develop efficient and effective understanding of Global Tolerance and Peace. The module delivery will in parts be facilitated by senior practitioners from the field of International Diplomacy to establish practical understanding of academic topics/issues as the aim is to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Weekly Lectures provide the theoretical aspect of this module, while seminars, case studies, simulation exercises and tutorials are in place to support individual learning. There will also be extensive use of case studies to give students the opportunity of learning from real-time examples. Some of these case studies will be required to resolve in groups to focus on joint/group understanding. The use of cases set in different contexts intends to promote 'situated learning' and to view problems from the perspective of those who are confronted with strategic challenges, choices, and decisions frequently.

Indicative Reading

Due to its integrative nature, there is no core text for this module. Background reading (Indicative) b7 Akbarzadeh, S and Baxter, K. (2018) Middle East Politics and International Relations: Crisis Zone . London, UK: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. b7 Autesserre, S (2014) Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention . New York, New York: Cambridge University Press. b7 Barash, D.P. and Webel, C.P. Editors. (2014) Peace and Conflict Studies Third Edition . London, UK: SAGE Publications, Inc. b7 Beer, J.E. and Packard, C.C. with Stief, E. (2012) The Mediator's Handbook: Revised & Expanded Fourth Edition . British Columbia, Canada: New Society Publishers. b7 Copeland, D. (2009). Guerrilla Diplomacy: Rethinking International Relations . Boulder, Colorado US: Lynne Rienner Publishers. b7 Georgetown University (2016) Sin, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation: Christian and Muslim Perspectives: a Record of the Thirteenth Building Bridges Seminar . Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press. b7 Jaques, T. (2014) Issue and Crisis Management: Exploring Issues, Crises, Risk and Reputation . Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. b7 Scanlon, T.M. (2003) The Difficulty of Tolerance: Essays in Political Philosophy . Massachusetts, US: Cambridge University Press. b7 UNESCO (2018) Long Walk of Peace: Towards a Culture of Prevention. International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022). Paris, France: UNESCO b7 Wallensteen, P. (2015) Understanding Conflict Resolution 4th Edition . London, UK: SAGE Publications Ltd. Online b7 Aral, Sinan (2018) Truth, Disrupted . Retrieved from Harvard Business Review <https://hbr.org/cover-story/2018/07/truth-disrupted> [Accessed 10 August 2018] b7 Cedric de Coning (2018) What Peacekeeping Can Learn from Peacebuilding: The Peacebuilding Dimensions of the A4P International Peace Institute (IPI) Vienna, Austria. <https://theglobalobservatory.org/2018/06/what-peacekeeping-can-learn-from-peacebuilding-a4p/> [Accessed 9 August 2018] Council of Europe. (2017). What are human rights? Strasbourg, France. Retrieved from Council of Europe. <https://www.coe.int/en/web/compass/what-are-human-rights> [Accessed 9 August 2018] b7 Department of Public Information, United Nations (2011) 10th Anniversary of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action . Geneva: Switzerland <http://www.un.org/en/ga/durbanmeeting2011/> [Accessed 9 August 2018] b7 Gulevich, V. (2019) Muslim Council of Elders' 'Global Conference of Human Fraternity' Outlines a Vision of Global Fraternity in Abu Dhabi Retrieved from The Financial Post <https://business.financialpost.com/pmn/press-releases-pmn/business-wire-news-releases-pmn/muslim-council-of-elders-global-conference-of-human-fraternity-outlines-a-vision-of-global-fraternity-in-abu-dhabi> [Accessed 11 February 2019] b7 Nelson, G. (2018, August 2). BRICS Declaration Calls for Full Implementation of Paris Agreement and 2030 Agenda . Retrieved from Retrieved from International Institute for Sustainable Development: <http://sdg.iisd.org/news/brics-declaration-calls-for-full-implementation-of-paris-agreement-and-2030-agenda/> [Accessed 8 August 2018] b7 OECD (2017). The Pursuit of Gender Equality: An Uphill Battle , OEDC Publishing, Paris. <https://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/social-issues-migration-health/the-pursuit-of-gender-equality_9789264281318-en> [Accessed 10 August 2018] b7 Thomson Reuters (2019) 'A dream come true': 120,000 take in Pope's message at Abu Dhabi mass. Retrieved from CBC <https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/tens-of-thousands-attend-papal-mass-on-arabian-peninsula-1.5006004> [Accessed 11 February 2019] b7 World Bank. (2018, August 9). World Bank highlights importance of Development Financial Institutions. Retrieved from Devdiscourse: Discourse on Development: <https://www.devdiscourse.com/Article/107236-world-bank-highlights-importance-of-development-financial-institutions> [Accessed 9 August 2018]

Transferrable Skills

-360b7 Communication and presentation skills b7 Problem solving b7 Critical thinking and evaluation b7 Information retrieval Data analysis b7 Data interpretation b7 Teamwork b7 Peer learning b7 Interpersonal skills b7 Negotiation b7 Written and oral communication skills b7 Independent learning and self-management b7 Ethical conduct b7 Time management b7 Reflective learning

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (FT) 4.00
Tutorials (FT) 2.00
Independent Learning (FT) 72.00
Lectures (FT) 32.00
Assessment (FT) 40.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 n/a Essay - Critically analyse a conflict of your choice and provide a compelling and persuasive case through applying major concepts of peace and tolerance studies in order to overcome origins of conflict.