POL41980 Peace & Conflict Studies

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module examines the causes, consequences, and resolution of armed conflict. We will engage with major topics in Peace and Conflict Studies and associated fields (International Relations, security studies) at the conceptual, theoretical, and empirical levels. Students will be asked to read and discuss contemporary scholarship and apply it to ongoing conflict scenarios, specifically the evolving war in Ukraine. The objective is to equip students with the tools necessary to analyze existing social scientific research pertaining to armed conflict, and to enable them to identify topics for further study.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

• Understand and interrogate multiple theoretical perspectives on peace and conflict studies
• Analyze cross-national empirical patterns
• Construct and evaluate arguments
• Be able to analyze, contrast, and evaluate peace and conflict scholarship across contexts

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
• Group discussions
• Academic reading and writing 
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 seminars and demonstrating knowledge of readings Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Essay: Final paper (max. 4,000 words) Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Assignment: Conflict analysis: written assignments, group presentation Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer 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 accordance with university policy.