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Code CONF 510
Term 201401
Title Third Party Roles in Peace Processes
Faculty Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Subject Conf. Analysis Res.(CONF)
SU Credit 3
ECTS Credit 10.00
Instructor(s) P?nar Akp?nar,
Language of Instruction English
Level of Course Doctoral
Type of Course Click here to view.
(only for SU students)
Mode of Delivery Formal lecture,Interactive lecture,Workshop
Planned Learning Activities Interactive,Communicative,Discussion based learning,Simulation,Case Study

This course will examine the role of various third parties in different stages of a conflict and peace processes, such as conflict prevention, peacemaking, and peacebuilding. The objectives of the course are to introduce the students to the concept of "third party intervention" and the range of third party roles and perspectives, to understand the different strategies and tactics used by third parties, and to discuss the effectiveness of their interventions.


The course aims to provide students with a solid theoretical and empirical background on the topic. It also aims to improve communication skills of students, provide them with the ability to conduct an entire mediation process and gain confidence and agency as third party practitioners.

Learning Outcome

Upon completion of this course, the student should:

1. be familiar with basic concepts in the field;

2. combine theory with practice;

3. analyze and resolve a given conflict;

4. gain practice necessary to resolve various types of conflicts such as interpersonal, family, organizational, interstate and intrastate;

5. develop effective communication skills necessary for third party roles.

Programme Outcomes
1 Develop and deepen the current and advanced knowledge in the field with original thought and/or research and come up with innovative definitions based on Master's degree qualifications
2 Conceive the interdisciplinary interaction which the field is related with ; come up with original solutions by using knowledge requiring proficiency on analysis, synthesis and assessment of new and complex ideas.
3 Evaluate and use new information within the field in a systematic approach.
4 Develop an innovative knowledge, method, design and/or practice or adapt an already known knowledge, method, design and/or practice to another field; research, conceive, design, adapt and implement an original subject.
5 Critical analysis, synthesis and evaluation of new and complex ideas.
6 Gain advanced level skills in the use of research methods in the field of study.
7 Contribute the progression in the field by producing an innovative idea, skill, design and/or practice or by adapting an already known idea, skill, design, and/or practice to a different field independently.
8 Broaden the borders of the knowledge in the field by producing or interpreting an original work or publishing at least one scientific paper in the field in national and/or international refereed journals.
9 Demonstrate leadership in contexts requiring innovative and interdisciplinary problem solving.
10 Develop new ideas and methods in the field by using high level mental processes such as creative and critical thinking, problem solving and decision making.
11 Investigate and improve social connections and their conducting norms and manage the actions to change them when necessary.
12 Defend original views when exchanging ideas in the field with professionals and communicate effectively by showing competence in the field.
13 Ability to communicate and discuss orally, in written and visually with peers by using a foreign language at least at a level of European Language Portfolio C1 General Level.
14 Contribute to the transition of the community to an information society and its sustainability process by introducing scientific, technological, social or cultural improvements.
15 Demonstrate functional interaction by using strategic decision making processes in solving problems encountered in the field.
16 Contribute to the solution finding process regarding social, scientific, cultural and ethical problems in the field and support the development of these values.
Common Outcomes For All Programs
1 Develop the ability to use critical, analytical, and reflective thinking and reasoning 5
2 Reflect on social and ethical responsibilities in his/her professional life. 5
3 Gain experience and confidence in the dissemination of project/research outputs 4
4 Work responsibly and creatively as an individual or as a member or leader of a team and in multidisciplinary environments.
Common Outcomes For All Programs
5 Communicate effectively by oral, written, graphical and technological means and have competency in English. 4
6 Independently reach and acquire information, and develop appreciation of the need for continuously learning and updating. 4
Common Outcomes ForFaculty of Arts & Social Sci.
1 Develop a thorough knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in the field and apply them in research design and data analysis. 4
2 Assess the impact of the economic, social, and political environment from a global, national and regional level. 3
3 Know how to access written and visual, primary and secondary sources of information, interpret concepts and data from a variety of sources in developing disciplinary and interdisciplinary analyses. 4
Conflict Analysis and Resolution (with thesis) Program Outcomes Core Electives
1 Analyze current and persistent conflict situations with an emphasis on perceptual and cultural aspects of social conflicts. 5
2 Conduct research in sources of conflicts and possible conflict resolution methods such as negotiation, third-party intervention, cooperative decision making, peace building, track-two and citizens? diplomacy applied to various social contexts. 5
3 Design and implement conflict resolution process to policy issues related to disputes in or among identity groups, governments, organizations, civil society or corporations. 5
4 Develop and sustain arguments in a variety of forms, formulating appropriate questions and utilizing evidence. 5
1 Begin to grasp historical evolution and contemporary character of world politics.
Assessment Methods and Criteria
  Percentage (%)
Term-Paper 50
Participation 10
Presentation 30
Other 10
Recommended or Required Reading

Christopher W. Moore, The Mediation Process: Practical Strategies for Resolving Conflict, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2003.

Chester A. Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson, Pamela Aall, Herding Cats: Multiparty Mediation in a Complex World, Washington: USIP, 1999.

Other than these two books, the course has a reader comprised of a collection of journal articles.