Conflict Studies

Course NameConflict Studies
Course CodeIRS506
DescriptionThe course moves beyond the introduction to journalistic reporting and writing of Introduction to Reporting I. Presuming basic skills like leads, story organization, and use of quotes, it immerses students in reporting, writing and editing the college’s print and online magazine, Lennon Wall. We’ll work on the reporting skills necessary to produce good copy, and the writing skills necessary to make it shine. Though the focus is on writing for a print or online news publication, the course material is applicable to all forms of journalistic writing, including public relations writing.
Learning OutcomesUpon completion of this course, students will be able to:
– Be familiar with comparative approaches to the study of conflict;
– Demonstrate an ability to analyze a contemporary conflict using the tools elaborated in the readings and lectures;
– Clearly summarize a conflict setting and articulate to peers (presentation, communication and speaking skills);
– Be able to differentiate between different conflict outcomes;
– Engage in argumentation and discussion with peers;
– Carry out an in class PowerPoint presentation addressing a provided research topic;
– Complete an assignment based around the assessment of a large number of cases;
– Demonstrate MA-level writing skills;
– Demonstrate MA-level research skills;
– Usage of proper citation formats in essay writing.
SchoolSchool of International Relations and Diplomacy (IRD)
Number of credits (US / ECTS)3 US / 6 ECTS