Insurgency And Counter-Insurgency, 1800-Present HIST5011

  • Academic Session: 2015-16
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course introduces students to the key theoretical frameworks behind the phenomena of social mobilization, organised political rebellion, and counter-insurgency from both a purely theoretical and practical perspective, making use of both primary and secondary sources. From the very broadest theoretical outline as to why rebellions and insurgencies occur, the course then leads students right up to a consideration of present-day dilemmas currently being faced in both Iraq and Afghanistan.


10 x 2 hours

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level

Excluded Courses





1 seminar presentation, to be accompanied by a 1,250 word seminar paper (20%)

1 essay of 3,000 words (80%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ introduce students to the key theoretical frameworks behind insurgency and counter-insurgency.

■ facilitate the application of these theoretical frameworks to specific historical events and contexts across a broad time span.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

■ demonstrate a sound knowledge of key theoretical approaches towards insurgency and counter-insurgency in the modern period;

■ demonstrate an awareness of the strengths and limitations of particular theoretical models in relation to specific historical contexts and debates;

■ demonstrate a familiarity with the primary sources that might be used for the study of insurgency and counter insurgency, their possibilities and limitations.