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Humanitarian Intervention and Peacebuilding


Admission requirements

This course serves as an elective course for the minor Global Affairs and can thus only be followed as part of the minor or the track. The minor is accessible for bachelor students who have obtained their ‘propedeuse’ and have a keen interest in global affairs, but the level of teaching is most suitable for third-year students, particularly of Political Science, Public Administration, Law and International Studies. If there are any uncertainties about the suitability of your programme and profile to the minor, please do not hesitate to send an email to


The course will discuss ‘Humanitarian Intervention and Peacebuilding’. During this course, students will discuss various interventions and peace in a globalised and changing world. The main questions will be: What is the meaning of humanitarian intervention? What is the role of the United Nations and other organizations? How do we build peace after international interventions and conflict? What are the main tools used in peacebuilding period? Does peace take priority over justice? What does the reconciliation process entail? How to reconcile local needs with the international community’s needs?

Course objectives

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • explain and apply the concepts of humanitarian intervention and peacebuilding;

  • apply the concepts of humanitarian intervention and peacebuilding on specific cases;

  • demonstrate a well-founded understanding of the use of force and peacebuilding in international politics


To be announced by OSC staff.

Mode of instruction

The class will consist mainly of lectures and class debates in which current affairs pertaining to the course content will be discussed and analysed.

Course Load

A brief calculation of the course load, broken down by:
21 hours attending lectures and seminars
35 hours writing a paper
86 hours studying the compulsory literature and preparing for the lectures

Assessment method

  • Research paper (50%)

  • Debate paper (50%)

On the Global Affairs frontpage of the E-guide you will find a link to the timetable, uSis and Blackboard.

Re-sit rule:

  • In order to redo the paper, you need to hand-in the first paper. If you fail to hand in the first paper, you will not be able to redo the paper. Students will be permitted to re-do the paper if they have a mark between 3 and 5,4 or with permission of the Board of Examiners.

  • Late hand in penalty: 0,5 minus per day, and after seven days we do not accept papers any longer.

  • Compensation rules: Only assessments with the weight of 30% and lower are compensable. This means that one does not have to pass an assessment if it weights less than 30% in order to pass the course, if the average of all assessments combined is at least a 5.5. In addition, assignments with less than 30% are not re-sitable, meaning that if one failed an assessment of 30%, one is not allowed to redo it.


The Syllabus will be uploaded two months before the minor begins. The books need to be bought in advance and the articles will be accessible via google scholar.

Reading list

Evans, G (2009), The Responsibility to Protect: Ending Mass Atrocity Crimes Once and For All. New York: Washington D.C. Brookings Institution Press.
Call, C., & Wyeth, V. (2008). Building states to build peace. London: Lynne Rienner Publishers.
More articles and readings can be found in the Syllabus.


To be announced by OSC staff.


For general questions about the minor Global Affairs:

For specific questions about the course, please contact the lecturers,

Prof. Herman Schaper and Dr. Arlinda Rrustemi


This course can only be taken as part of the minor Global Affairs.
All sessions and workshops will be in English.
Midterm assignments and final exam need to be written in English.