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What is a conflict?

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  • What is a conflict?
  • Background The conflict series is an open, self-paced course meant to provide an introduction to conflict studies and more advanced courses in conflictology. Event objectives The first of a series of three, this short course explores the meaning of conflict. Drawing upon different definitions and tools, its goal is to create a basic baggage of knowledge, which can then be expanded in further courses in conflict analysis and resolution. Learning objectives At the end of the course, participants will be able to: - Provide a definition of the meaning of conflict; - Describe the sources, complexity, evolution and actors of conflict. Content and structure The course is composed of six sections: Section 1: Kilmann conflict character type test Section 2: What is the meaning of conflict? Section 3: What are the sources of conflict? Section 4: The complexity of conflict Section 5: Evolution of conflict Section 6: Actors in conflict The average work time is estimated at 4 hours. Methodology The course is a self-guided, self-paced, web-based course that is on-going and can be accessed at any time. The material is presented in an interactive visual and text format with web-based reference resources. Multiple choice quizzes at the end of each lesson serve a dual function of assessing and evaluating the students’ understanding and retention and provide a further didactic function by reviewing the content.
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