War-Torn States and Post-Conflict Reconstruction in the South

Department of Political Science and International Studies, School of Government and Society

College of Social Sciences


Code 19192

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 20

Semester 1 and 2

Pre-requisite modules Where students take this course as a 10 credit unit they will be expected to undertake self directed study of the material not covered from the readin

Module description

This module critically investigates interventionary policies for post-conflict reconstruction in war-torn states in the South. We will examine the liberal paradigms of peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction, espoused by international organisations such as the United Nations and the World Bank, their explanations as to the causes of war, and their prescriptions for promoting different conceptions of peace in war-torn states. We will consider critiques of these from neo-Marxist and constructivist positions. We will then go onto investigate the practical implications of these paradigms for politics in post-conflict countries, focusing on the policy areas of security, development, democracy, justice and reconciliation and drawing upon a wide range of case studies, drawn from Africa, Asia and Central America. A particular analytical concern is to address the implications of the `internationalisation¿ of local institutions and policy processes for the emergence of a locally responsive politics, capable of maintaining sovereignty, fostering meaningful local participation, and promoting political accommodations to underpin peace.

Teaching and learning methods

These courses are taught by a combination of lectures, classes and directed reading.

This module is available as:
Autumn term only 10 credit unit – 3,000 word assessed essay
Spring term only 10 credit unit – 3,000 word assessed essay
Whole Year 20 credit unit – 2 x 3,500 word assessed summative essays (45%) each, presentation (10%)