International relations

Conflict, Security and Development

Module code: 917M1
Level 7 (Masters)
30 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework, Essay

This module analyses the complex relationships that lie at the heart of the development-security nexus in the Global South, especially Africa, South Asia and the Middle East.

The module focuses on three key areas. First you will explore the extent to which cycles of insecurity and violence affect the possibility of development for large sections of the world's population. Second you will consider the difficulties that aid agencies, nongovernmental organisations, governments, and international organisations encounter when trying to negotiate these spirals of violence and insecurity – be it through armed intervention, the provision of aid, the sponsoring of peace-building processes, or assisting states in postconflict reconstruction. Finally you will conclude by considering whether underdevelopment can be said to constitute a security threat; some Western governments, for example, claim that underdevelopment in the Global South could threaten their national security by facilitating the international spread of terrorist and criminal networks.

The module will provide you with the necessary theoretical tools to approach this subject, grounded in applied examples and cases.

Module learning outcomes

  • Provide students with an overview of contemporary perspectives on CSD
  • Provide students with the theoretical and conceptual frameworks that will allow them to critique these approaches on process grounds
  • Reposition current CSD debates within a wider, critical frame