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Power, Conflict and Justice

Power, Conflict and Justice
Master programme in
Global Studies * / International Development Studies * / Global and Development Studies
Type of activity


Teaching language
Study regulation
Number of participants
Responsible for the activity
Laust Schouenborg (lausts@ruc.dk)
Head of study
Study administration
ISE Registration & Exams (ise-exams@ruc.dk)
Exam code(s)
Overall objective

This course studies the power relations that structure and challenge order from the local to the global levels; the conflicts, including their interconnections, that these relationships create, reproduce and resolve; as well as questions of justice and rights inherent in power relations and conflict dynamics. Students learn theoretical approaches to power, conflict and justice, and study how their assumptions lead to different analyses and conclusions.

Detailed description of content

The course will typically have three parts. The first part will outline the relevant theoretical / conceptual approaches to power, conflict and justice, and their historical background. The second part will present real-world cases of conflict and justice problems and solutions, and facilitate students’ ability to apply theories, either through group work, class presentations, class discussions, or other means. Actors from the public and private sectors can be invited in to shed light on cases and general problems. The third part facilitates critical reflection based on theory and case work and summarizes the course.

Course material and Reading list

Course material is available on Moodle.

Overall plan and expected work effort

The course is worth 5 ECTS, so students need to adjust the workload accordingly. You are expected to attend class and prepare by reading 2-3 compulsory texts every week plus doing the required presentation activities related to the cases. You are also expected to regularly check the course´s Moodle site and keep yourselves up to date with information.

The course norm is 5 ECTS. This means that the course is set for 135 hours, which is divided in the following way:

  • 15 hrs to participate in 10 classes

  • 40 hrs for reading course material (10 classes)

  • 40 hrs for preparing presentations / discussions

  • 40 hrs for exam including preparation

Students are expected to spend 6.5 hrs preparing for each class including readings, links on moodle, cases, and presentations.

Evaluation and feedback

The activity are evaluated regularly regarding the study board evaluation procedure. The activity responsible will be orientated about a potential evaluation of the activity at semesterstart. Se link to the study board evaluation praxis here https://intra.ruc.dk/nc/for-ansatte/organisering/raadnaevn- og-udvalg/oversigt-over-studienaevn/studienaevn-for-internationale-studier/arbejdet-medkvalitet- i-uddannelserne/


Program will be on Moodle.

Overall learning outcomes
  • Students acquire skills to critically analyse and compare different types of power relations and how they produce and prevent conflict, and to evaluate and question different positions and meanings of justice and rights, including human rights.

  • They acquire specialised knowledge and skills regarding the role of power relations in shaping conflict dynamics, patterns conflict resolution, human rights, and justice at different levels (local, national, international, global).

  • They acquire an advanced understanding of different theoretical debates related to these subjects and develop skills in selecting and critically applying relevant theories and methods, including in choosing relevant approaches in order to investigate a problem area. They also develop skills in communicating and discussing theories and empirical results.

Form of examination
Individual portfolio exam.

The character limit of the portfolio is maximum 28,800 characters, including spaces. Examples of written products are exercise responses, talking points for presentations, written feedback, reflections, written assignments. The preparation of the products may be subject to time limits.
The character limits include the cover, table of contents, bibliography, figures and other illustrations, but exclude any appendices.

The portfolio is written completely or partially during the course.

The entire portfolio must be handed in at the same time (uploaded to eksamen.ruc.dk). Handing in the portfolio or parts of the portfolio to the supervisor for feedback, cannot replace the upload to eksamen.ruc.dk.

Assessment: 7-point grading scale.
Form of Re-examination
Samme som ordinær eksamen / same form as ordinary exam
Type of examination in special cases
Examination and assessment criteria

• Explain and evaluate, using relevant terminology, the advantages and disadvantages of various theories within the aspect of a subject area that is dealt with in the specialisation course

• Confidently and independently, select and apply relevant theories in relation to a specific issue

• Analyse and reflect critically on the course material

• Discuss in a creative and solution-oriented manner conflict scenarios from the course

• Communicate knowledge in language that is technically precise, well-structured and well-argued.

Exam code(s)
Exam code(s) : U60119
Last changed 06/03/2023

lecture list:

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Friday 10-02-2023 10:15 - 10-02-2023 12:00 in week 06
Power, Conflict and Justice (GDS)

Friday 24-02-2023 10:15 - 24-02-2023 12:00 in week 08
Power, Conflict and Justice (GDS)

Friday 24-02-2023 12:15 - 24-02-2023 14:00 in week 08
Internship information (voluntary)

Friday 03-03-2023 10:15 - 03-03-2023 12:00 in week 09
Power, Conflict and Justice (GDS)

Friday 10-03-2023 10:15 - 10-03-2023 12:00 in week 10
Power, Conflict and Justice (GDS)

Friday 17-03-2023 10:15 - 17-03-2023 12:00 in week 11
Power, Conflict and Justice (GDS)

Friday 24-03-2023 10:15 - 24-03-2023 12:00 in week 12
Power, Conflict and Justice (GDS)

Friday 14-04-2023 10:15 - 14-04-2023 12:00 in week 15
Power, Conflict and Justice (GDS)

Thursday 20-04-2023 12:15 - 20-04-2023 14:00 in week 16
Power, Conflict and Justice (GDS)

Friday 21-04-2023 10:15 - 21-04-2023 12:00 in week 16
Power, Conflict and Justice (GDS)

Friday 28-04-2023 10:15 - 28-04-2023 12:00 in week 17
Power, Conflict and Justice (GDS)

Friday 28-04-2023 12:01 - 28-04-2023 14:00 in week 17
Project work and future employment (voluntary)

Thursday 15-06-2023 10:00 - 15-06-2023 10:00 in week 24
Power, Conflict and Justice - Exam (GDS)

Wednesday 16-08-2023 10:00 - 16-08-2023 10:00 in week 33
Power, Conflict and Justice - Reexam (GDS)