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DAFF 25A02 - United Nations peacekeeping : Theory and Practice

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

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

Mode de validation A partir de films et de documentaires, cet enseignement électif, conçu sous forme de séminaire, revient sur la question du rôle politique de l'histoire en s'intéressant notamment à des contextes ayant engendré des expériences collectives et individuelles traumatiques. A partir d'une approche pluridisciplinaire (histoire, sociologie, science politique, socio-psychologie, etc.), ce cours s'intéressera à la Shoah, à la période de l'occupation en France, à la Guerre d'Algérie, à l'Apartheid en Afrique du Sud, à l'Argentine de Videla, au génocide des tutsi au Rwanda, etc. Continuous Assessment. One oral presentation, one final exam and class participation.

Required reading

  • 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