Modular value: 20 credits
Teaching: two hour seminars
Lecturer: Danielle Beswick
This module provides an introduction to contemporary conflict analysis with a particular emphasis on the developing world. We will explore the debates around what security and development are, how they can be achieved and how they may be linked.
The sessions will consider whether factors such as resource wealth, chronic poverty, ethnic division and failings of governance can help to explain where conflict happens, why it happens and the forms which conflict in the developing world has taken. It raises questions about the ways we analyse conflict, encouraging reflection on how our understanding of what is important in explaining conflict (e.g. politics, economics, identity) shapes our assumptions about what is needed to prevent or manage conflict.
You will develop skills in conflict analysis, and work as part of a group to conduct a conflict vulnerability assessment of a case study from the developing world. More broadly, using a range of case studies, the module emphasises the complexity of conflict affected environments for the theory and practice of development (explored further in term 2 in Post Conflict Reconstruction and Development) demonstrating that there is no one explanation for conflict and by extension no easy solution for those working in such environments.
By the end of the module you will be able:
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 international relations, security and development
Teaching and learning approach
The module will be delivered in 2 hour sessions using a range of teaching and learning methods, including interactive lectures, group discussions, case studies, videos and guest speakers.
The assessment for the module will consist of:
A 3,000 word contribution to a group project worth 60% of the module marks
A 2,000 word essay, worth 40% of the marks.
The first assignment involves working in groups to conduct a Conflict Vulnerability Assessment for a case study of your choosing. Full instructions for this assignment will be distributed during the module. The second assignment will require you to apply one of the approaches to conflict analysis from the module to a case study of your choosing, and you will receive a list of possible essay questions to choose from, or may construct your own in consultation with the module convenor.
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