School of Global Studies

Conflict-affected Areas (570X8)

Social Research in Conflict-affected Areas

Module 570X8

Module details for 2017/18.

0 credits

FHEQ Level 7 (Masters)

Module Outline

The workshop explores the particular methodological issues that face social scientists conducting research in conflict affected zones. Drawing on ‘best practice’ developed by NGOs working in such contexts and individual case studies, the workshop will consider the generic problems that research in conflict affected areas poses for researchers and will explore the strategies and responses that have been adopted. At the end of the workshop participants will have a clear understanding of the following key issues: ethical dilemmas; security of researchers and respondents; coping with stress; and dilemmas of maintaining objectivity.

Module learning outcomes

A comprehensive understanding of the particular methodological issues that face social scientists conducting research in conflict affected areas.

A systematic knowledge - and a critical awareness of - strategies drawn from empirical examples to resolve issues concerning ethics, security, stress and neutrality in conflict affected areas.

Develop reflexive skills that inform the design and management of research projects drawing on lessons from empirical examples.

Enhance students’ independent research skills and use of primary sources, as well as students’ ability to effectively synthesise and communicate complex arguments and ideas.

Essay (2000 words)Summer Vacation Week 5 Thu 16:00100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Summer TeachingWorkshop7 hours001000000000

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Dr Nigel Eltringham


Mrs Jayne Paulin

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