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International Peace Studies examines the sources of war and armed conflict and suggests methods of preventing and resolving them through processes of peacemaking and peacebuilding. The course combines perspectives from international relations, ethics and conflict resolution to reflect critically upon the wide range of social, political and economic issues associated with peace and political violence. A week-long Mediation Summer School provides an opportunity to develop practical skills in the area of conflict resolution and mediation. There is also the option to participate in various field trips in Ireland and abroad. Students are required to take the two core modules as well as four modules from the list of modules. A sufficient number of optional modules must be taken to fulfil credit requirements. A.Core Modules The Politics of Peace and Conflict Research Methods B. Students must take four modules from the following list of options: International Politics Ethics in International Affairs Conflict Resolution and Nonviolence Armed Conflict, Peace-building and Development The United Nations and Peacekeeping Human Rights in Theory and Practice Gender, War and Peace Northern Ireland: Conflict, Religion and the Politics of Peace The Politics of the Idea of Europe Race and Ethnicity, Theoretical Concepts Ethnic Conflict, Peace and the State NGOs in Theory and Practice: Internship Module Some changes to the structure and content of this course may be made during 2012-13. Prospective candidates should contact the Executive Officer for information on new developments. Teaching takes place in Dublin over two terms. A one term, non-degree course is available and is ideal for those on sabbatical, or for those who prefer a shorter period of study. There is also the option of attending single modules. Modules from the M.Phil. in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies and the M.Phil. in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation are open to students on the M.Phil. in International Peace Studies. Students seeking to be assessed for their work on a module in either of the two other courses must first secure the permission of the relevant course coordinators. Dissertation: A research dissertation (15,000 20,000 words) to be supervised by an appropriate member of staff and to be submitted by 16 August.
Students are required to take 60 ECTS credits from the taught modules and write a 15-20,000 word dissertation, worth 30 ECTS credits. Students are required to take the core modules "The Politics of Peace and Conflict" and "Research Methods" and choose four other modules. Modules are assessed through written work, usually 4000 words long, and seminar presentations as appropriate. The postgraduate diploma as an exit qualification is equivalent to 60 ECTS.
Core Modules (A)-compulsory:
* The Politics of Peace and Conflict
* Research Methods
Students must take at least two modules from group B:
* Armed Conflict, Peacebuilding and Development
* International Politics
* Ethics in International Affairs
Optional modules must be taken as necessary to achieve the overall requirement of 60 ECTS (C):
* Conflict Resolution and Nonviolence
* The United Nations and Peacekeeping
* Gender, War and Peace
* Northern Ireland: Conflict, Religion and the Politics of Peace
* Human Rights in Theory and Practice
* The Politics of the Idea of Europe
Assessment: Each module coursework totalling 4,000 words which is to be submitted according to the internal deadlines distributed at the beginning of each academic year, with final submission date by 1 May. The dissertation is 15,000-20,000 words long, and is to be submitted by 1 August. All students are registered on a common Masters programme and follow the same assessment procedures for the course work. Subject to satisfactory performance in the course work, students may proceed to submission of a dissertation for the M.Phil. degree. Students who do not reach that standard, but who nonetheless are judged by the Court of Examiners to have reached a satisfactory level of performance, may be recommended for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma, without further assessment.
Applicants should normally have a second class honours degree (or equivalent, such as a GPA of 3.2) or above. Students not meeting these criteria may be considered at the discretion of the Dean of Graduate Studies.
English language requirements:
* IELTS: Grade 6.5
* TOEFL: 88 iBT, 230-computer based, 570 paper based
* Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English: Grade C
* Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: Grade C
|CAE score:||80 (Grade A)|
|TOEFL paper-based test score:||570|
|TOEFL computer-based test score:||230|
|TOEFL iBT® test:||88|
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