Module code: POLM032

Module provider


Module Leader

BRENNER D Dr (Politics)

Number of Credits


ECTS Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 11

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY 1 (2500 WORDS) 50
Coursework ESSAY 2 (2500 WORDS) 50

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

POLM033 International Intervention

Module overview

The module examines armed conflict, civil war in particular, and international peacebuilding interventions. It draws on the multidisciplinary literature in Conflict and Peace Studies. Throughout the course students will become familiar with key actors, policies and institutions involved in conflict and post-conflict environments.

Module aims

Introduce students to the field of Conflict and Peace Studies

Provide students with an in-depth understanding of causes and dynamics of armed conflict, peace processes after civil wars, and peacebuilding in post-conflict settings.

Develop students' ability to critically analyse issues of power between international intervenors, domestic institutions and local communities

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Critical analysis of cases, from a range of ideological and philosophical perspectives K
002 Capacity to compare and contrast cases, concepts, and policies KCT
003 Good assessment of validity and reliability of theoretical literature KC
004 Develop research, writing and debating skills. PT
005 Work independently, demonstrating initiative, self-organisation and time-management. PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

The module is structured in two parts. The first part analyses the causes and dynamics of civil wars, including identity and political explanations as well as dynamics of insurgency and counterinsurgency. Building on this, the second part critically analyses war to peace transitions, starting with conflict resolution and peace processes and then turning to different dimensions of international peacebuilding: politics, security, justice, and economics.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

Enquiry based learning
Group exercises

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their theoretical and empirical knowledge of a particular topic by enabling them to apply relevant multidisciplinary theories to complex issues in international security. The assessment pattern enables students to analyse and critique two areas in more depth and to make evident their ability to conduct research and construct a reasoned argument. Hence the assessment strategy is closely aligned to the module aims and learning outcomes as specified above.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Essay 1 (2500 words) – 50%
Essay 2 (2500 words) – 50%

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
International Relations MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.