Instructor:  Dr. Marcel Jesenský

Introduction: This course introduces students to the seminal events, principal debates, and main concepts in the history of United Nations peacekeeping. Today, more than 96,000 uniformed personnel from 124 troop- and police-contributing countries serve under the blue flag. United Nations peacekeeping is an investment in global peace and security, and remains the most reliable and used tool by the international community to help countries torn by conflict create conditions for lasting peace. Since 1948, more than 3,500 peacekeepers have given their lives in the service of peace.

It is hoped that, upon completing the course, students will have a better understanding of United Nations peacekeeping, its past and contemporary challenges, and the scholarly literature concerning a range of issues relevant to it.

Class Format: This is primarily a lecture-based course. The course will meet twice a week. Its structure rests on lectures (overviews of large themes), the readings (detailed introduction to the themes) and the class discussions (questions about aspects of the readings and lectures). Documentaries and films will be used whenever appropriate to underline the assigned materials.

Aims and Goals: One of the main objectives of the course is to introduce students to issues and topics in United Nations peacekeeping and particularly to the recent and past scholarship on, and debates over, facets of its history and politics. The content of this course allows students to understand and identify the basic narrative of United Nations peacekeeping, compare and assess multiple perspectives, trends, people, events, and Canada’s role and contributions. Students will develop their critical thinking skills and demonstrate their ability to write clearly, paying attention to style and grammar.

Assessment: Students are expected to complete a combination of a written exam (mid-term and final part) and a written assignment (including a proposal) designed to reflect the course themes and develop historical research and critical thinking skills.

Text:  The course will use a selection of scholarly readings available via Ares Course Reserves system. In some cases, or, where last minute changes to readings are made, readings may also be made available in electronic format on CU Learn.

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