BGP-001: Introduction to Peace and Conflict Management

By Prof. Satish Kumar   |   Indira Gandhi National Open University
Learners enrolled: 725
The Programme, is focused on the understanding of peace and conflict resolution, to deal with conflict in the society particularly in Gandhian perspective. The giant strides man has made in science and technology have failed to engender peace of mind in the individuals, harmony in society, and peace among nations; nor have they helped in liquidating poverty, ignorance, and exploitation. Global warming and climate change, a direct consequence of destructive use of nature, threatens the very survival of the biosphere. Man has become a victim of his own creation. Many thinkers and activists, in the world today, have begun to turn to the life, thoughts and methods of Mahatma Gandhi to look for solutions for above mention. Activists and thinkers of younger generation in the world are looking to the alternative path that Gandhi showed in the hope that his message and mission are of crucial significance to the survival of mankind. The programme you are going to pursue develops these objectives. We are sure you will be benefitted and be better prepared for contribution towards peace in the society at large.

Course Credit-4
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 4
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 01 Feb 2022
End Date :
Enrollment Ends : 15 Mar 2022
Exam Date :

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Course layout




Unit 1: Meaning and Topologies of Peace


Unit 2: Importance of Peace for Human Survival and Development


Unit 3: Theories of Peace-Building 


Unit 4: Challenges of Peace-Building


Unit 5: Meaning and Concept of Conflict


Unit 6: Sources of Conflict 


Unit 7: Types and Levels of Conflict 


Unit 8: Theories of Conflicts 


Unit 9: Methods of Conflict Resolution

Unit 10:Role of Government


Unit 11: Role of Civil Society and Media

Unit-12: Role of International and Transnational Organisations


Unit 13: Land Reforms and other Developmental Measures

Unit-14: Inter-Religious Dialogue


Unit 15: Dialogue among Parties in Conflict,

Unit-16: Individual Initiatives

Instructor bio

Prof. Satish Kumar

Indira Gandhi National Open University

Dr. Satish Kumar is a Professor in Faculty of Political Science, School of Social Sciences, IGNOU, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi since January 01, 2021. He had started his academic career as an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, MMH College, Ghaziabad affiliated to Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut. He had also worked as Associate Professor in the Centre for International Relations, Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi. He served as professor and was the Head of Department of Political Science at the Central University of Haryana, Mahendergarh. He pursued his academic research in higher studies viz. MA, MPhil and Ph.D. in International Relations from School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. As part of his administrative experiences, he served as the Dean of School of Arts, Humanities and Social Science, and was the Chief Proctor at the Central University of Haryana, Mahendergarh. He was the Dean of School of Social Sciences at the Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi. He served as the Head of the Centre for International Relations, Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi. He was the member of Executive Council as well as of Academic Council of the Central University of Haryana, Mahendergarh. Currently, he is a member of the University Court representing Learned Professions and Special Interests at North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong also. 

  Prof. Kumar’s major fields of academic interest are International Relations and Area Studies – Politics, Society and culture of South Asia, Central Asia, Indo-Pacific and South East Asia. India’s Foreign Policy, India’s bilateral Relations with other countries, International and regional Organisations, National Defence, Security and Strategic Studies, Globalisation, Gandhi and Peace studies, Conflict Resolution, Government & Politics of India, Non-Government Organisation and Civil Society,  Environment and Sustainable Development.

He is a prolific writer and published more than three thousands articles in national dailies (Hindi & English both) in the above-mentioned fields on contextual and concurrent issues. He has written 04 books (Solo & Edited) and 26 research articles to his credit, published in reputed national and international peer-reviewed journals. Under his able guidance and supervision, 10 MPhil and 05 PhD Research Scholars had submitted their theses and were conferred their degrees. He has also been a member of the Editorial Boards of national journals. He has delivered more than 25 invited lectures in different universities across the country. He participates as Panelist for different Electronic Media: Lok Sabha TV, Doordarshan, Republic Bharat, India News, TV-18 and others. His research articles and chapters in edited volumes have appeared in many collections as well as internationally reputed journals.

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