Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

Geographies of Violence and Conflict

Module 001G4A

Module details for 2017/18.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

Conflict and violence are major components of social process, transformation and change; locally, nationally and internationally. This module gives students an overview of how geographers (and other social scientists) have thought about, studied, and explained, violence and conflict. For example, whether violence and conflict are considered an exceptional situation or a 'normal' aspect of societal change. The module highlights the multiple scales at which conflict and violence occur, from domestic violence to international war. Nevertheless, emphasis will be placed on how violence and conflict affect people (and groups of people) at the micro-level of personal experience rather than simply looking at macro-level aggregate patterns. Students will be encouraged to examine the differences between diverse forms of violence. For example, does it make sense to consider structural violence (e.g. racism, sexism) in the same way as physical (or direct) violence? The first third of the module will focus on the theories and concepts through which violence and conflict have been explained. The second two-thirds will apply these theories and concepts to a range of diverse examples (such as, resource wars, undocumented migration, war games and toy guns, counter-insurgency and urban policing).

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate knowledge of the theories and concepts of geographers and other social scientists who have written about violence and conflict.

Demonstrate knowledge of a variety of case studies of violence and conflict.

Apply theories and concepts of violence and conflict to a range of case studies.

Evaluate the appropriateness of these theories and concepts to explain observable patterns and experiences of violence and conflict.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
Group PresentationT1 Week 7 (15 minutes)100.00%
Essay (4000 words)Semester 1 Assessment Week 1 Wed 16:0090.00%

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
Autumn SemesterWorkshop3 hours11111011111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Prof David Ockwell

Assess convenor

Dr Fae Dussart

Assess convenor

Dr Ceri Oeppen


Miss Emilia Roycroft

Assess convenor

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