Master course on post-conflict reconstruction
Between mid-July 2020 and mid-February 2021, we co-taught the master course on post-conflict reconstruction at GDRSC, together with four German and four Yemeni teachers. Due to Corona, the course took mainly place virtually (via Google Classrooms), although some sessions taught by the Yemeni teachers of the course were taught physically at Sanaa University. The course was attended by 21 students (sixteen female, five male).
Based on the syllabus developed in the first project year, the following topics were taught in the framework of the course itself, which took place between 13 July and 14 September:
- Introduction to context and terminology
- Political Dimensions
- Economic Dimensions
- Developmental Dimensions
- Security & Justice Dimensions
- Gender Dimensions
- Transitional Justice and Reconciliation
- Sustainability and Political Ecology
Each topic was split into two sessions (except the first two topics, which were taught jointly over the course of 4 sessions), the first of which took place on a Wednesday, the second on a Monday, leaving time for longer assignments over the weekend. These longer assignments included a 500-word essay and also sometimes additional group work to be presented at the next session on Monday. All in all, the students thus wrote seven essays on the topics listed above, with each essay being graded by the teacher responsible for the topic on the basis of previously agreed upon criteria.
Subsequent to this, the students were split into four groups for ‘problem-oriented project work’ (POPW). Under the supervision of one teacher, each group chose a different topic from among those taught in the course and developed a small research project around this topic, ending in policy papers. The project work was presented to the rest of the course twice, once mid-term and once at the end, subsequent to which the papers were graded. Additionally, each student was also examined individually by two teachers, the group supervisor and the supervisor of another group. The topics selected were:
- Women economic empowerment challenges in post-conflict Yemen
- Dealing with trauma among child soldiers
- The conflict’s impact on gender equality in Yemen
- The role of the private sector in peacebuilding
Winter School 2019
From 11-15 December, our Winter School on ‚Academic Approaches to Post-Conflict Reconstruction‘ took place in Amman. Yemeni and German graduate students and researchers came together to discuss various matters relevant to post-conflict reconstruction. Sessions included an introduction to theoretical approaches to post-conflict reconstruction, focusing on terminology, context and governance as well as sessions addressing the gender, development, economic, security and transitional justice & reconciliation dimensions of post-conflict reconstruction respectively. We also hear presentations from several Yemeni and international policy-makers working on Yemen based in Amman on their perspectives on post-conflict reconstruction in Yemen, linking our theoretical discussions oft he subject to the case of Yemen. The program was complemented by discussions on positionality, group work focusing on the case of Somalia and theatrical enactments of experiences with conflict resolution and reconciliation.
From 27-28 August 2019, the researchers involved in this project came together for a joint workshop in Amman. This two-day workshop served two purposes: Firstly, to discuss the syllabus on post-conflict reconstruction to be taught at Sanaa University as well as the various topics to be addressed in the framework of this course. And secondly, to prepare the upcoming winter school ‘One-Size-Fits-All vs. Tailor-Made Solutions Academic Approaches to Post-Conflict Reconstruction’, which is planned for the second half of December 2019.