Anthropology

Social Research in Conflict-affected Areas

Module code: 570X8
Level 7 (Masters)
0 credits in summer teaching
Teaching method: Workshop
Assessment modes: Essay

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.