Conflict and Development

School: School of Government
International Development Department

Modular value: 20 credits

The module provides an introduction to contemporary conflict analysis with a particular emphasis on the relationship between conflict and development.

It will present a range of explanatory theories of conflict and violence, consider challenges relating to definition and measurement of these phenomena, and consider how development actors and development activities understand and try to explain and affect conflict dynamics.

Recognising the importance of context, the module will present a range of case studies, and will support you to apply the different frameworks explored in the module to your own geographical areas of interest. 

Learning outcomes

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

  • Describe, interpret and explain patterns of contemporary conflict.
  • Compare, contrast and critique competing theories of violence and conflict.
  • Examine in-depth the linkages between violence, conflict, security and development.
  • Critically analyse and explain the interaction between exclusion, governance, poverty and violence.
  • Apply the frameworks discussed in the module to assess their usefulness in understanding the outbreak, experience and termination of conflict in specific states and/or regions.


One 3,000 word assignment (60%) and one 2,000 word assignment (40%).

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The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.