International relations

Dirty Wars? Conflict and Military Intervention

Module code: L2056S
Level 6
30 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Essay, Coursework

You'll analyse what might loosely be called the 'new security environment' and its impacts on international relations.

You'll also focus on the role of 'hard power', its uses and limitations in the context of civil war, insurgency, the Global War on Terror and intervention so that you know the causes and dynamics of intra-state conflict, and the efforts the international community makes to manage and resolve it.

By using theoretical lenses to study conflict and intervention, you'll develop policy-relevant analysis of the security threats that have emerged since the Cold War.

You'll think critically about the role of 'hard power' in world politics, applying some of your previous knowledge.

However, the main emphasis of this course is to explain and understand conflict and its resolution from an empirical, pragmatic and policy-oriented perspective.

This module is a 'nuts and bolts' analysis of new security challenges complementing the reflexive and philosophical approach that you may have seen in other courses. 

You'll also need to do intensive study, as many of the case studies and themes may be new to you.


Module learning outcomes

  • Develop a systematic and critical understanding of the competing international security theories that help explain and interpret the causes, conduct and outcomes of conflict and its resolution.
  • Develop a detailed conceptual understanding of the practical and policy related dilemmas that emerge out of international military intervention post 9-11
  • Effectively synthesise and communicate the empirical and theoretical uncertainties, ambiguities and limits of these security issues as they relate to military intervention post 9-11.