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In this lesson we will consider what we mean by the terms 'conflict' and 'violence' in global politics. As with many terms, these are both contested concepts and it would be impossible to look at all possible interpretations. This is an apt topic to consider at UWCCR, particularly when we consider conflict in light of our conflict transformation competency.

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Check out the interactive conflict barometer map here

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Structural violence refers to systematic ways in which social structures harm or otherwise disadvantage individuals. Structural violence is subtle, often invisible, and often has no one specific person who can (or will) be held responsible (in contrast to behavioral violence). - source here


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IT IS ESSENTIAL FOR THE GLOBAL POLITICS COURSE THAT YOU ARE ABLE TO ACCURATELY DISTINGUISH BETWEEN DIRECT VIOLENCE AND STRUCTURAL VIOLENCE