Postgraduate taught 

Human Rights & International Politics MSc/PgDip

Conflict Analysis POLITIC5001

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course introduces students to the analysis of conventional and unconventional forms of conflict and political violence perpetuated by both state and armed nonstate actors.

Timetable

The timetable for this course will be made available to students at the beginning of the academic year. There is no guarantee that this course will run in any given year. For further information, please check the Politics and International Relations Moodle page or contact the subject directly.

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites


None

Assessment

Concept analysis assignment, 1000 words (20%)

Essay, 3500 words (80%)

Course Aims

The course aims are as follows:

■ To critically examine and apply different approaches to understanding the causes and consequences of conflict and political violence

■ To identify and assess the behaviour of state and armed nonstate actors in global politics

■ To think critically about a set of substantive questions and conflict and violence perpetuated by both state and armed nonstate actors

■ To identify the conditions under which violent political disputes can be peacefully resolved

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

 

1. Understand how scholarly work can be usefully applied to various forms of conflict and political violence

2. Acquire the conceptual and theoretical tools to critically assess existing explanations of conflict and political violence and apply them to real-world events

3. Analyse the nature of and evaluate the significance of both state and non-state actors in international relations

4. Acquire the theoretical and methodological skills necessary to conduct their own research on various forms of conflict and political violence

5. Analyse controversial aspects of regional and international security to assess the viability of policy solutions proposed to address violence perpetuated by both state and armed nonstate actors

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.