BSc International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response and Spanish

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Introduction to Conflict Analysis

Course unit fact file
Unit code HCRI10002
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Humanitarian Conflict Response Institute
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


This module seeks to expose students to the main tools and perspectives that may be used to analyse contemporary conflicts. The module  will critically appraise the main perspectives given for the outbreak and maintenance of violent conflict. Each week would review the utility of a particular conflict analysis lens in relation to examples so that students could build a toolkit of possible explanations for violent conflict. The module will give students the opportunity to discuss and gauge the effectiveness of rival conflict analysis approaches and to engage in in-depth learning on particular conflicts.


 Year 1, semester 2 core on BSc International Disaster Management and Conflict Response.


  • To encourage intellectual curiosity
  • To further develop written and oral communication skills
  • To develop analytical and editorial skills
  • To deepen critical reasoning
  • To appraise differing arguments
  • To understand the utility of case studies

Knowledge and understanding

  • Knowledge of specific case studies (for instance Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cyprus, Sudan, India or Northern Ireland)
  • Knowledge of specific conflict analysis perspectives (postcolonialism, nationalism, ethnicity, religion, economics, feminism)
  • An understanding of the complexity of conflict analysis

Intellectual skills

  • Deepen critical appraisal
  • Appreciate differing theoretical/conceptual perspectives
  • Link theoretical/conceptual material with case study material 

Practical skills

  • Analytical skills
  • Discursive and argumentative skills
  • Editorial skills 

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Working autonomously
  • Respecting different views
  • Giving feedback to others 

Employability skills

Analytical skills
- Editorial and analytical skills - Evidence-led decision-making
Project management
- Putting together and maintaining arguments (useful for a marketing/awareness campaign or business case)
Written communication
- Communication skills ¿ especially in terms of comprehending large amounts of information and drawing reasoned conclusions
- Meeting deadlines - Independence ¿ capacity for self-discipline, motivation and diligence - Self-management ¿ capacity for self-appraisal, reflection and time management - Adaptability ¿ ability to respond positively to changing circumstances - Ethical appreciation ¿ a willingness to ascertain the ethical implications of proposed courses of actions or situations and to take the necessary steps to ensure that result from this analysis

Assessment methods

Book review 


Essay 60%


Feedback methods

Feedback method

Formative or Summative

Written feedback on assignments


Verbal feedback in seminars



Recommended reading

Cheldelin, Sandra I., Druckman, Daniel and Fast, Larissa (2008). Conflict: From Analysis to Intervention. A&C Black.

Enloe, Cynthia (1989). Bananas, Beaches, Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics. University of California Press.

Fanon, Frantz (1995). Wretched of the Earth. Penguin Books.

Jabri, Vivienne (1996). Discourses on Violence: Conflict Analysis Reconsidered. Manchester University Press. Jeong, Ho-Won (2008). Understanding Conflict and Conflict Analysis. (Sage).

Mac Ginty, Roger (2013). Routledge Handbook of Peacebuilding (Routledge).

Ramsbotham, Oliver, Miall, Hugh and Woodhouse, Tom (2011). Contemporary Conflict Resolution. (Polity).

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 22
Seminars 11
Independent study hours
Independent study 167

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Kirsten Howarth Unit coordinator
Roisin Read Unit coordinator

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