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POL8062 : Arts and Peacebuilding (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Nilanjana Premaratna
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


•       To introduce key theories and debates on arts and peacebuilding
•       To locate arts-based approaches in the study, practice, and politics of peacebuilding
•       To apply and critically examine a range of arts-bases approaches to peacebuilding through case studies
•       To enhance relevant independent research skills

This module introduces students to the highly interdisciplinary area of arts and peacebuilding in international politics. It provides a broad overview of the scholarship and practice around arts-based approaches to peacebuilding, and grounds these discussions in case studies.

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics covered in the module may include, but will not be limited to, the following:
-       Arts in International Relations
-       Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies
-       Arts as Method
-       Arts as Research
-       Arts as Practice
-       Visual Arts and Peacebuilding
-       Performing Arts and Peacebuilding
-       Literary Arts and Peacebuilding
-       Textile and Storytelling
-       Measuring Impact of Arts-based Peacebuilding
-       Future Directions

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1178:00178:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching112:0022:00Present in person
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The seminar will be based on students' weekly presentations followed by a discussion. Students will have the opportunity to engage actively in the conversation based on their weekly readings and their own understanding/interpretation of the subject addressed. They will be able to develop their capacities to creatively express and critically engage with the material through diverse modes of presentation, and receive guidance and advice to identify, evaluate, and understand the breadth and depth of the subjects addressed.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research paper2M100A research paper of 4000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The summative assessment relates to and evaluates the knowledge outcomes 1-3 and skill outcomes 1-2. The research paper will assess students’ ability to formulate and address a research question in relation to arts and peacebuilding. Students will propose their own project emerging from themes discussed in seminars. The paper will assess their ability to think independently and draw from key debates around arts and peacebuilding to critically engage with the chosen topic (knowledge outcomes 1-4 and skill outcomes 1-2) and the ability to undertake and formulate an argument in a cogent manner (skill outcomes 1-2). It will enable students to demonstrate analytical rigour and research skills.

Reading Lists