Peace and Development Research

Third-cycle level | 15.0 credits | Course code: SFGS311
HT 2020
Study period: 2020-10-05 - 2020-12-11
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION: The course is given in English
Application period: 2020-06-23 - 2020-09-15
HT 2021
Study period: 2021-10-11 - 2021-12-17
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION: The course is given in English
Application period: 2021-05-24 - 2021-09-24

Course description

The course focuses on Peace and Development Research as an academic discipline and field of research. We discuss how we can understand this wide and cross-disciplinary field, its current relevance and future directions.

For participants without previous knowledge of key concepts, theories and debates in Peace and Development Research, the course provides in-depth understanding. For participants with extensive prior knowledge, the course provides an opportunity to revisit and advance the understanding of present debates and directions.

The first part of the course deals with the core elements of peace, development and security, while, in the second part, a number of themes (such as gender, governance and migration) are examined, as illustrations of what Peace and Development Research can entail today, and how peace and development are interlinked (or not). For each element and theme, a senior lecturer has identified important readings. The participants read these and write a brief reflection paper, and then meet with the lecturer for a discussion that evolves around these reflections and further issues that the students raise and draws on the experience of the lecturer.

The main form of examination is a paper where the participants reflect on Peace and Development Research as a field of research, addressing for example its current and future scope and relevance, either in a broad sense or focusing on a particular argument in relation to the field.

Target group

This course is compulsary for PhD students in Peace and Development Research at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg. It is also open to PhD students at other departments and universities enrolled in a relevant PhD program.

Requirements and Selection

Entry requirements

In order to be eligible for the course the applicant must fulfil the general entry requirements for postgraduate studies. A good command of English is vital.


PhD students at the School of Global Studies will be given priority.

Other applicants will be assessed and ranked based on the relevance of their PhD project.

Other information

The course is run on full time.

Course syllabus



School of Global Studies


Social Science

Type of course

Subject area course


peace, development, security

CONTACTMalin Hasselskog