Comparative Perspectives on Conflict

School: School of Government
Department of Political Science and International Studies

This module provides an introduction to the main theoretical and empirical approaches to explaining the causes, conduct and dynamics of contemporary conflicts between and within states. It explores a number of contemporary and historical case studies in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East and encourages students to apply different theoretical frameworks to new case studies. Through innovative lenses, this module aims to to introduce students to the frontiers of conflict research.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of this module, you will have:

  • gathered a systematic understanding of key debates on the causes of intra-state and inter-state conflicts;
  • familiarised with a variety of case studies of intra-state and inter-state conflicts worldwide;
  • developed the ability to apply complex theoretical approaches to one or more case studies of your choice.


1 x 3,000-word essay, 1 x 1,000 word essay outline

The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.