This unit concentrates on the key theoretical and conceptual constructs that can help us understand peacebuilding and place it in a wider context. The module will introduce students to key pieces of literature and place an emphasis on the critical deconstruction of ideas and structures. In keeping with the critical ethos that is associated with the study of peacebuilding in Manchester, strong emphasis will be placed on issues of power, agency and bottom-up approaches to peace. In this course, we will concentrate on both, the agency that people and communities have in building peace, and on questioning the peace that is rolled out for them as part of international intervention in their various forms. Different types of interventions will be critically discussed to highlight their limitations and the power relations that characterise them.