Conflict, Development and Security
addresses the merger of development and security issues, and its implications for analysing the reconstruction of war-affected societies.
This programme bridges the themes of conflict, aid policy and liberal styles of governance. You will analyse the ways in which security, developmental and humanitarian agents adapt to instability. You will also examine the significance of globalisation for the emergence of internal conflict, and the development of trans-border economies and the political dynamics they support.
The course gives you the opportunity to study the regionally differentiated responses to conflict in, for example, Africa and the Balkans, and to discuss issues relating to humanitarian conditionality, containment, and the role of IGOS and NGOs. In analysing the relationship between aid and politics in 'new' wars, this inter-disciplinary programme draws upon the department's rich diversity of approach and experience.
MA Conflict, Development and Security
is available on a 12-month full-time basis or 24 month part-time basis.
The course has two compulsory modules, with an additional 90 credits of optional modules to total 180 credits.
Conflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance (30 credits) examines the economic and political elements of contemporary internal and regionalised conflict. You will examine humanitarian, developmental and security policy responses and investigate the organisational adaptations that are emerging among state and non-state actors in relation to such instability.
Dissertation: Conflict, Development and Security (60 credits) leads you through the process of developing a deeper understanding of a particular topic in conflict, development and security through independent research and the preparation of an extended piece of writing. You agree a research topic with your supervisor and write a 12,000 word dissertation that demonstrates your research skills, your ability to assess information, and appraise relevant concepts and theories.
In addition to the compulsory modules, you also choose 90 credits worth of modules from the following list:
- Contemporary International Security (15 credits)
- Contemporary Issues in Nuclear Non-Proliferation and WMD (15 credits)
- The Situation Room (15 credits)
- Policing Post-Conflict Cities (15 credits)
- International Law and the War on Terror (15 credits)
- European Defence and Security Analysis (15 credits)
- Politics of Intelligence (15 credits)
- Conflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance (30 credits)
- Contemporary Politics of the Middle East (30 credits)
- International Law and Ethics in the War on Terror (30 credits)
Please note module options may be subject to change and are subject to availability.