Strategy regarding teaching and Covid 19

Updated: 2021 June 2

Since spring 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic has had a massive impact on universities and students 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.

The decision taken by the Vice Chancellor of Uppsala University on 5 February, stipulating that online forms of teaching and assessment must be used wherever possible, has been extended until 29 August. Starting 30 August, the University will transit back to campus. After consulting with the Dean of the Social Science Faculty, the Department of Peace and Conflict Research has decided about its strategy for the fall semester 2021.

The main mode of teaching will be regular campus-based teaching, but with digital elements during the first half of the semester (30 August to 3 November). For the second half of the fall semester (starting 4 November), we will return to campus fully unless Swedish health authorities and the University re-impose restrictions on campus attendance.

BSSc level

Peace and Conflict Studies A: For the first two modules (Introduction and Conflict Analysis), full-class activities will be online, with a mix of prerecorded and live-streamed lectures. Seminars and other group-based activities will be organized on campus. Exceptions to the requirement of in-person attendance will have to be applied for to each course convener on an individual basis. The final two modules will be held on campus.

Peace and Conflict Studies C: Lectures and other full-class activities may be given on campus, provided that lecture halls which allow adequate physical distancing can be booked. Some lectures may be held online (prerecorded or live-streamed). Seminars, supervision, and other group-based activities will be organized on campus. Exceptions to the requirement of in-person attendance  have to be applied for to each course convener on an individual basis. The thesis course, starting 4 November, will be held on campus.

The free-standing course War and Peace on Film, will be held on campus (with the exception that movies may be seen at home and/or online).  

MSSc-level

At the MSSc level, the student body is international, consisting of students from all over the world (roughly one-third each from Sweden, other EU countries and non-EU countries). All students should prepare for mandatory in-person attendance. If there will be travel restrictions or other restrictions that will delay arrival to Uppsala, we will show some flexibility concerning campus attendance in order to enable individual students to follow the program from the start. Starting 4 November we will return to campus fully, unless Swedish health authorities and the University re-impose restrictions on campus attendance.

1st year courses

Methods I, Causes of War (first half): For the first half of the semester, most full-class activities will be online, with a mix of live-streamed and pre-recorded lectures. Seminars and other group-based activities will take place on campus. Exceptions to the requirement of campus attendance have to be applied for to each course convener on an individual basis. Methods II, Methods II Advanced, and the second half of Causes of War will be held on campus.

2nd year courses

For War & Development, Peace from Below, and Negotiation and Mediation in Practice, the main mode of teaching will be regular campus-based teaching, with some digital elements for those courses taking place in the first half of the semester. The course Reviewing a Research Field is an entirely web-based course. Internships taken as one or more of the internship courses are organized and agreed on between the host and student and can be either online or in-person.

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
Ashok Swain, Head of Department: ashok.swain@pcr.uu.se

Last modified: 2021-06-02