Narratives of War and Conflict POLITIC4155

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

The course aims to introduce students to the role of narratives in the construction of war, conflict and insecurity in international relations. Engaging with theoretical, autobiographical and historical accounts of conflict, students will explore the ways in which knowledge and power shape representations and experiences of war and conflict.

Timetable

This course may not be running this year. For further information please check the Politics Moodle page or contact the subject directly.

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Entry to Honours Politics requires a grade point average of 12 (Grade C) over Politics 2A and Politics 2B as a first attempt.

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

1. 75% Essay (3000 - 3500 words)

2. 25% Reflective log (1200 - 1500 words)

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

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Course Aims

The course aims to introduce students to the role of narratives in the construction of conflict and insecurity in international relations. Engaging critically with theoretical, autobiographical and historical accounts of conflict, students will explore the ways in which knowledge and power shape representations and experiences of war and conflict. Students will engage with gendered, embodied, material, and emotional dimensions of conflict. Case studies will include the 'war on terror', and the Eichmann controversy.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

- Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of approaches to narrative analysis;

- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the role of power, emotions, and bodies in war and conflict;

- Illustrate how narratives of war and conflict are constructed and evaluate their political implications.

- Advance reasoned arguments orally and in writing.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.