Strategies of Conflict (González, Spring 2015)

Hauptseminar, Spring 2015: Ausgewählte Themen der internationalen Beziehungen: Strategies of Conflict

Instructor: Belén González

FSS 2015
SWS: 2 (Block Seminar)


This seminar introduces students to the current research on strategies in conflict. When do political actors engage in armed conflict? When is non-violent resistance successful? And how do other actors respond to the choices made by their opponent? The central aim of this seminar is to provide students with the theoretical and analytical tools to explain both; choices made by political actors and political events that result from these choices. We engage with classical and contemporary research on actors in conflict, their tactics, motivations and forms of dissent. This seminar focuses on macro-level factors to explain the strategies of conflict chosen by actors across di erent political context, including also case specific c evidence. The seminar will guide students towards developing their own research questions and carrying out their own research. Students should actively engage with the readings and are expected to work throughout the seminar.

Course requirements:

  • Active class participation (20%)
  • Presentation (20%)
  • Research paper: outline and argument (10%)
  • Research Paper: finished version (50%)

Office hours:

Monday and Thursday, 10:00-11:00
Parkring 47, Room 123

Dates and times:

Friday, 8 May: 12:00–15:15. Room: A5, B–143
Saturday, 9 May: 10:15–13:30. Room: A5, B–318
Tuesday, 12 May: 08:30–10:00. Room: A5, B–318
Tuesday, 19 May: 08:30–10:00. Room: A5, B–318
Friday, 22 May: 12:00–15:15, 15:30-17:00. Room: A5, B–143
Saturday, 23 May: 10:15–13:30. Room: A5, B–318
Tuesday, 26 May: 08:30–10:00. Room: A5, B–318