CONFLICT AND PEACEBUILDING - 2017/8

Module code: POLM032

Module provider

Politics

Module Leader

BRENNER D Dr (Politics)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

JACs code

L240

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY (3000 WORDS) 50%
Examination SEEN EXAM 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
Critical analysis of cases, from a range of ideological and philosophical perspectives
Capacity to compare and contrast cases, concepts, and policies
Good assessment of validity and reliability of theoretical literature

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


Lectures
Seminars
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 politics. 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.

Reading list

Reading list for CONFLICT AND PEACEBUILDING : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/polm032

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.