POL42320 UN Peacekeeping

Academic Year 2019/2020

This module examines the evolution of UN Peacekeeping since the formation of the United Nations. It engages with a diversity of theoretical perspectives in examining approaches to the practice of UN Peacekeeping, that also extend into theoretical debates located within security studies and peace and conflict studies. It provides students with an in-depth understanding of how peacekeeping is situated in the UN system and delves into controversies and challenges in UN responses to changing patterns of insecurity in the twenty first century. The module will also look at specific case studies in order to support the theoretical debates and draw comparisons. Classes will be delivered in the form of seminars, where students are expected to contribute to the discussions. Classes will also involve small group discussions and project work.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students will have acquired:

• A rigorous understand the foundations of the United Nation’s approach to Peacekeeping

• A theoretically informed understanding of where ‘peacekeeping’ is located in the broader nexus of peacebuilding, conflict
resolution and conflict prevention.

• Be able to critically assess current approaches to UN peacekeeping

• Critically engage with multiple theoretical perspectives on the UN’s approach to Peacekeeping.

• Demonstrate an ability to prepare an academically rigorous piece of research on a topic related to UN Peacekeeping that is
supported by specific case study analysis.

Indicative Module Content:

United Nations, Peacekeeping, Conflict, Conflict Resolution, Security, Militaries

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


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Seminars, Group discussions and debates, Readings, Research project, Case study analysis 
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
Continuous Assessment: This is made up of response papers, small group work and a presentation. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Essay: 5000 word end-of-module assessment Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring 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.