MA Humanitarianism and Conflict Response / Course details
Year of entry: 2024
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Course unit details:
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
The course considers the following issues:
Locating the Discipline Of Conflict Analysis
Definitions and Dimensions of Conflict
The Social Functions of Conflict
Immutable Models of Conflict Behaviour
Constructed Models of Conflict Behaviour
Resource Mobilisation, Greed and Grievance
This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to analysing the phenomenon of organised violence. It attempts to provide an acquaintance with landscape of conflict research and to consider methods of comparing both historical and current instances of violent conflict. The lecture content will primarily focus on highlighting some of the more significant theoretical approaches to conflict instigation. Participants will be encouraged to engage critically with these. Throughout the course, attention will be drawn to a range of case study applications thereby seeking to offer a mix of abstract generality and contextual specificity.
Students should be able to:
Teaching and learning methods
7 x 2 hour lectures, 3 x 2 hour tutorials
Knowledge and understanding
- Analyse the origins of inter-personal, intra-state and international conflict
- link the occurrence of conflict and organised violence with broader 'developmental' themes
- Consider conflict and organised violence from a number of analytical perspectives
Compare instances of conflict and organised violence
- Apply theoretical models of conflict analysis to instances of conflict and organised violence
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Tthink critically about methods of conflict analysis
|Written assignment (inc essay)||100%|
Demmers, J. (2012). Theories of Violent Conflict: an introduction. London: Routledge.
Jacoby, T. (2008) Understanding Conflict and Violence: Theoretical and Interdisciplinary Approaches, London: Routledge.
Anderson, Mary B. (1999), Do No Harm: how aid can support peace – or war, Boulder, Col: Lynne Rienner
Banks, M. (ed.)1984 Conflict in World Society, Brighton, Wheatsheaf.
Barash, D. & Webel, C. (eds.). 2013. Peace and Conflict Studies, London, Sage.
Bartos, O. & Wehr, P. 2002 Using Conflict Theory, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press
Betts, Richard K. (ed.), 2012. Conflict after the Cold War. Routledge.
Blainey, G. 1972 The Causes of War, Melbourne, Sun Books.
Besteman, Catherine (ed.) (2002), Violence: A Reader, New York: New York University Press
Bremer, S. & Cusak, T. (eds.) 1995 The Process of War, Luxembourg, Gordon & Breach.
Cashman, G. 1993 What Causes War?, New York, Lexington.
Christie, D. Wagner, R. & Winter D. 2008. Peace, Conflict and Violence, New Jersey, Prentice Hall
Crocker, C., Hampson, F. & Aall, P. (ed.) 1996 Managing Global Chaos, Washington, US Institute of Peace Press.
Curle, A. 1971 Making Peace, London, Tavistock.
Duffield, Mark (2001), Global Governance and the New Wars: the Merging of Development and Security, London and Bew York: Zed Books.
Geller, D. & Singer, J. David 1998 Nations at War: A Scientific Study of International Conflict, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
Gurr, T (ed) 1980 Handbook of Political Conflict, New York, The Free Press
Harvey & Mor (1998) Conflict in World Politics, London Macmillan
Holsti, O. 2008. The State, War and the State of War, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
Howard, M. 2000 The Invention of Peace and the Reinvention of War, London: Profile Books
Hirst, Paul (2001), War and Power in the 21st Century, London: Polity
Jeong, Ho-Won 2000 Peace and Conflict Studies, Aldershot, Ashgate
Kaldor, M. 2012 New and Old Wars: Organised Violence in a Global Era, London, Polity.
Kriesberg, Louis and Bruce W. Dayton. 2012. Constructive Conflicts: From Escalation to Resolution. Rowman and Littlefield.
Levy, J. & Thompson, W. 2010. Causes of War. Wiley-Blackwell.
Maoz, Z. & Gat, A. (eds.) 2001 War in a Changing World, Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Press.
Mason, T. David & Sara McLaughlin Mitchell (eds) 2016. What Do We Know about Civil Wars? Rowman and Littlefield.
Mockaitis, Thomas R. 2017. Conventional and Unconventional War: A History of Conflict in the Modern World. Praeger, Santa Barbara.
Nicholson, M. 1970 Conflict Analysis, London, Unibooks.
Sandole, D. 1999 Capturing The Complexity Of Conflict. Dealing With Violent Ethnic Conflicts In The Post-Cold War Era, London, Pinter
Scherrer, Christian P., 2001, Peace Research for the 21s t Century: A Call for Reorientation and New Priorities, Institute for Research in Ethnicity and Conflict Resolution.
Schneider, G., Barbieri, K. & Gleditsch, N. 2003 Globalization and Armed Conflict, Lanham, Rowman& Littlefield.
Simmel, G. 1955 Conflict & The Web of Group Affiliations, New York, The Free Press.
Sjoberg, Laura 2014. Gender, War, and Conflict, Cambridge, UK: Polity Press.
Stoessinger, J. 2010. Why Nations go to War. Cengage Learning.
Vasquez, J. (ed.) 2012. What do we kno
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|Tim Jacoby||Unit coordinator|