Strategy regarding teaching and Covid 19

For prospective students

Updated: Nov 09, 2020

The global spread of covid-19 is having a massive impact on universities around the world. It is understandable that both current and prospective students may be concerned about the impact the pandemic may have on their studies, and whether there is a need to change plans. During the fall semester 2020, most teaching at the department has used digital modes. In all likelihood, the same strategy will be implemented for the spring semester 2021.

As for the next academic year – fall 2021 and spring 2022 – no decisions have been made. All programs and courses offered at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research will return to campus as soon as we can safely do so, taking heed in particular to the health agency’s recommendations. However, it is too early to know now and too many uncertainties involved (such as current infection rates a year from now, travel restrictions, and the availability of a vaccine). Whether teaching will be done online, on campus, or a mix, the department and teaching staff remain deeply committed to continue to provide high quality education.

For the most recent university-wide information for students regarding the corona virus, please visit the following page:

https://www.uu.se/en/students/recommendations-on-coronavirus/

A useful Q&A page for newly admitted students (including e.g. information about residence permits and tuition fees) can be found here

https://www.uu.se/en/students/new-students/qa-covid-19/

Please contact us should you have any questions at this point.

Erika Forsberg, Director of Studies: erika.forsberg@pcr.uu.se

Erik Melander, Head of Department: erik.melander@pcr.uu.se


Strategy regarding teaching and Covid 19 during spring 2021

Updated: Nov 06, 2020

BSSc level

Peace and Conflict Studies B (modules in the first half of the semester “Causes of armed conflict” and “Conflict resolution”): All lectures and other full-class activities will use digital teaching modes, with a mix of livestreamed and pre-recorded lectures. Some campus-based seminars may be offered, if conditions allow, for those students that are able and willing to meet in class room. A decision related to the third module of the B-course (“Methods and thesis”) is pending and will be communicated early 2021.

MSSc level

International conflict resolution: All lectures and other full-class activities will use digital teaching modes, with a mix of livestreamed and pre-recorded lectures. Some campus-based seminars may be offered, if conditions allow, for those students that are able and willing to meet in class room. Some non-mandatory campus activities may also be arranged if conditions allow.

Electives in second half of spring semester: A decision is pending and will be communicated early 2021.

Masters thesis course: All lectures and other full-class activities will use digital teaching modes, with a mix of livestreamed and pre-recorded lectures. Some campus-based seminars may be offered, if conditions allow, for those students that are able and willing to meet in class room. Some supervisors may meet with their students in-person, provided that circumstances allow.

For the most recent university-wide information for students regarding the corona virus, please visit the following page:

https://www.uu.se/en/students/recommendations-on-coronavirus/

A useful Q&A page for newly admitted students (including e.g. information about residence permits and tuition fees) can be found here

https://www.uu.se/en/students/new-students/qa-covid-19/

Please contact us should you have any questions at this point.

Erika Forsberg, Director of Studies: erika.forsberg@pcr.uu.se


Strategy regarding teaching and Covid-19 during fall 2020

Updated: Oct 20, 2020

New advice by the Public Health Agency was just released in response to the swift increase in reported cases in Uppsala. Combined with the fact that we also have confirmed covid-19 among our student body, we need to temporarily (at least until 3 November, but in all likelihood longer) cancel all teaching planned to be held on campus and move online.

The new advice means that we all should, as much as we can, avoid all local transportation and to avoid all social contact outside of your own family/people you live with. These advice is in addition to already existing advice:

  • avoid parties and after works
  • wash your hands
  • and stay at home if you are not feeling well

For more details; https://www.folkhalsomyndigheten.se/nyheter-och-press/nyhetsarkiv/2020/oktober/beslut-om-skarpta-allmanna-rad-i-uppsala-lan/


Updated: September 25, 2020

Before the summer break, the Department of Peace and Conflict Research decided to offer online teaching as the main mode of teaching for the whole fall semester (most MSSc level courses) and for the first half of the fall semester (for all BSSc level courses).

The department has now updated the strategy also for those courses where a decision was pending. Considering that the situation can change rapidly; that many teachers and students commute and some belong to risk groups; and after consulting all course and module conveners we have decided to continue with the same strategy that we implemented for the first half of the semester. Hence, we will offer online teaching as the primary mode of teaching for all courses and add campus activities only when possible, for those students that are willing and able to meet on campus. The extent to which campus teaching is offered will differ between courses and may be replaced with online teaching if the situation changes (with increasing infection rates and/or stricter restrictions) later in the fall. Basic information about each course that is affected by the policy is found below; specific instructions and more information about how the policy is adapted for each course will be distributed by the course conveners.

Peace and Conflict Studies A (“Peace and security in the international system” and “Security scenario analysis” modules). All lectures and other full-class activities will use digital teaching modes, with a mix of livestreamed and pre-recorded lectures. Some campus-based seminars may be offered, if conditions allow, for those students that are able and willing to meet in class room.  

Peace and Conflict Studies C (C-thesis): The baseline mode of teaching will be online for the whole module. Lectures, workshops and data labs will be held on zoom (live). Thesis supervision will be conducted in small groups. The primary consideration in forming supervision groups is to match students and their projects (in terms of topics and methodological approach) with supervisors. Some of the supervision groups may decide to convene on campus if social distancing is possible and if there is agreement among the participants.

War and Peace on Film: Most of the course will use online teaching; for instance, watching the movies in one’s own home (or somewhere else off campus). Some campus-based seminars may be offered, if conditions allow, for those students that are able and willing to meet in class room.  

Negotiation and Mediation in Practice: The main mode of teaching will be online; it will hence be possible for students in a risk group or not present in Uppsala to participate in the course. To the extent that the situation allows, some practical exercises will be done on campus for those students that are able and willing to meet.  

We make no commitments on online teaching for the spring semester 2021 at this stage.

For the most recent university-wide information for students regarding the corona virus, please visit the following page:

https://www.uu.se/en/students/recommendations-on-coronavirus/

Please contact us should you have any questions at this point.

Erika Forsberg, Director of Studies: erika.forsberg@pcr.uu.se

Erik Melander, Head of Department: erik.melander@pcr.uu.se