POL41980 Peace & Conflict Studies

Academic Year 2020/2021

This module examines the causes, consequences, and resolution of armed conflict. It engages with central concepts in peace and conflict research and equips students to analyze existing social scientific research in this area. As a field seminar, the module will survey several major topics and debates in peace and conflict research in order to provide a foundation for further study. Students will be asked to read and discuss contemporary peace scholarship and produce an original piece of theoretically-informed research. Class sessions will not feature lectures so students will be expected to complete the reading every week and be prepared to discuss it in detail in each session.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

-Understand multiple theoretical perspectives on peace and conflict studies

-Analyze cross-national empirical patterns

-Interrogate the perspectives and empirical patterns in your written work

-Construct and evaluate arguments

-Compare, contrast, analyze, and evaluate peace and conflict across contexts

-Prepare a short but academically rigorous piece of research on a topic related to peace and conflict studies

Indicative Module Content:

See module descriptor.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Seminar-style discussions, reading, written analysis, original research. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Attendance: Participation in class seminars. Read every week and participate in discussions and activities. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: Conflict analysis written piece 2 Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: Final research paper. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: Conflict analysis written piece 1 Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Presentation: Conflict anlaysis group presentation Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be provided to students within 20 working days of the deadline for the assignment in according with university policy.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32 Mon 11:00 - 12:50