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DAFF 1230A - United Nations peacekeeping : Theory and Practice

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


A basic knowledge of international relations (history and theories).

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the United Nations and its role in the maintenance of peace and international security. It is designed to provide a general knowledge about peace operations, ask some basic questions about the state of the world today, and suggest some ways we might begin to answer these questions. Students should leave this course not only better informed about politics and problems, but also better able to read critically, to think systematically, to analyze problems, to collect and evaluate information efficiently, organize and present ideas systematically, to communicate effectively, and apply knowledge from one area to new issues. The course aims at developing independent and critical reasoning and applied thinking.


HATTO, Ronald (Chercheur au CERI, Sciences Po)

Course validation

Continuous Assessment. One oral presentation, one final exam and class participation.

Required reading

  • A list of weakly texts (available on Google Drive)
  • BELLAMY, Alex J., WILLIAMS, Paul & GRIFFIN, Stuart (2004) Understanding Peacekeeping, Cambridge, Polity Press
  • DIEHL, Paul F. (1994) International Peacekeeping, Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press
  • DURCH, William J. (Ed.) (2006) Twenty-First-Century Peace Operations, Washington D.C., United States Institute of Peace Press
  • DURCH, William J. (Ed.) (1993) The Evolution of UN Peacekeeping: Case Studies and Comparative Analysis, New York, St-Martin's Press

Additional required reading

  • MACQUEEN, Norrie (2006) Peacekeeping and the International System, London, Routledge
  • DIEHL, Paul F. (2008) Peace Operations, Cambridge, Polity Press
  • SORENSON, David S. & WOOD, Pia Christina (Ed.) (2005) The Politics of Peacekeeping in the Post-Cold War Era, London, Frank Cass
  • THAKUR, Ramesh (2006) The United Nations, Peace and Security. From Collective Security to the Responsibility to Protect, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press
  • THAKUR, Ramesh & SCHNABEL, Albrecht (Ed.) (2001) United Nations Peacekeeping Operations: Ad Hoc Missions, Permanent Engagement, Tokyo, United Nations University Press