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Handbook on Teaching and Learning in Political Science and International Relations

Handbook on Teaching and Learning in Political Science and International Relations

Edited by John Ishiyama, William J. Miller and Eszter Simon

With a focus on providing concrete teaching strategies for scholars, the Handbook on Teaching and Learning in Political Science and International Relations blends both theory and practice in an accessible and clear manner. In an effort to help faculty excel as classroom teachers, the expert contributors offer representation from various types of institutions located throughout the world. Split into three distinct parts, this book discusses curriculum and course design, teaching subject areas and in class teaching techniques.

Chapter 15: Teaching conflict and conflict resolution

Agnieszka Paczynska

Subjects: education, teaching and learning, politics and public policy, international relations


Conflict is a central feature of the human experience. Conflict can be defined as a difference or incompatibility of interests and goals or a perception that such a divergence exists. It can also be defined as a struggle for power or over allocation of resources. Conflict can result from changes in the environment or the institutional context that alters the status quo. Conflict can be interpersonal or communal. It can unfold between social groups, between and within states, and between states and non-state actors. How it manifests is equally varied and spans the gamut from verbal altercations like those that take place on a daily basis in the U.S. Congress, to mass demonstrations and clashes with police, such as those that took place in Gazi Park in Istanbul during spring 2013, to the violence that has engulfed many northern Mexican cities where drug cartels fight for control of this lucrative business, to the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan.

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