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NATIONAL OPEN UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA

SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

COURSE CODE: PCR 276

COURSE TITLE: PERCEPTION AND CONFLICT

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COURSE GUIDE

PCR 276 PERCEPTION AND CONFLICT

Course Developer/Writer

Godwin Ogheneochuko Unumeri (M.Sc.) Author, Social Scientist and Independent Researcher, Lagos, Nigeria.

Course Editor

Dr. Hammed T. Ayo Department of Guidance and Counselling Faculty of Education University of Ibadan

Course Co-ordinator

Durojaye Oyedolapo Babatunde School of Art and Social Sciences National Open University of Nigeria

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NATIONAL OPEN UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA

National Open University of Nigeria Headquarters 14\16 Ahmadu Bello Way Victoria lsland Lagos

Abuja Annex 245 Samuel Adesujo Ademulegun Street Central Business District Opposite Arewa suites Abuja

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TABLE OF CONTENT

Introduction …………………………………………… Course Aims…...………………………………………. Course Objectives ……………………………………... Working Through This Course …………………………... Course Materials ……………………………………….. Study Unit ……………………………………………… Assessment …………………………………………….. Tutor Marked Assignment (TMA) ……………………… Final Examination And Grading ……………………….. Course Marking Scheme ………………………………… Course Overview/Presentation Schedule ………………. How to get the most from this course ………………….. Tutors and Tutorials ……………………………………. Summary ………………………………………………...

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PC 276

Course Guide

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to PCR 276: Perception and Conflict

This course is a three-credit unit course for undergraduate students in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution. The materials have been developed to equip you with the fundamental principles of the subject matter. This course guide gives you an overview of the course. It also provides you with information on the organisation and requirements of the course.

COURSE AIMS The basic aim of this course is to help you understand the relationship between Perception and Conflict with particular emphasis on the strategies that you may require for the effective management of the conflicts that you encounter in course of relating with people in all facets of life. These broad aims will be achieved by: I. Introducing you to the concept of Perception and Conflict, II. Explaining to you the various theories of Anti-Social Behaviour, III. Acquainting you with the theories of Inter-group Relations, and IV. Developing your capacity for the promotion of Social Cohesion.

COURSE OBJECTIVES To achieve the aims set out above, PCR 276 has overall objectives. In addition, each unit also has specific objectives. The unit objectives are at the beginning of each unit. I advise you read them before you start working through the unit. You may want to refer to them during your study of the unit to check your progress. Here are the wider objectives for the course as a whole. By meeting the objectives, you count yourself as having met the aims of the course. On the successful completion of the course, you should be able to: 6

a. Understand Perception and Conflict as well as their main characteristics, b. Define Psychological Theory and explain its various types, c. Understand the theoretical basis of Inter-group Relations, d. Appreciate the Social Psychological determinants of Aggression and Violence (e.g. Genocide, Ethno-national Conflict, Racism and Terrorism), and e. Acquire skills in post-conflict Peace-building strategies.

WORKING THROUGH THIS COURSE To complete this course, you are required to read the study unit and other related materials. You will also need to undertake practical exercises for which you need a pen, a notebook, and other materials that will be listed in the guide. The exercises are to aid you in understanding the concepts being...
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