Conflict in Developing Countries

Modular value: 20 credits

Lecturer: Danielle Beswick

The module provides an introduction to contemporary conflict analysis with a particular emphasis on the developing world. The module covers a range of explanatory theories of conflict and violence, particularly in Africa, and will move on to examine competing approaches to understanding conflict on the ground. There is an explicit emphasis on the links between theories and practical application of post-conflict and development strategies on the ground, backed up by detailed analysis of case study material.

The module is delivered via WebCT (our virtual learning environment), with hard copy materials. Students engage in structured group discussion board activities with the tutor.

Topics include:

  • Patterns of conflict in the developing world
  • Theories of violence and conflict
  • Linkages between conflict, security and development
  • Interaction between exclusion, governance, poverty and violence
  • A range of theoretical frameworks relating international relations, security and development

By the end of the module you should be able to:

  • Describe and explain patterns of conflict in the developing world
  • Compare and contrast competing theories of violence and conflict
  • Examine the linkages between conflict, security and development
  • Analyse and explain the interaction between exclusion, governance, poverty and violence
  • Evaluate a range of theoretical frameworks relating to international relations, security and development

Assessment

Two 3,000 word assignments (50% each).