University of Sussex Business School

The Politics of Armed Groups (014IRID)

The Politics of Armed Groups: Rebels, State and Society

Module 014IRID

Module details for 2022/23.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

This module takes non-state armed groups as an entry point for understanding the dynamics of contemporary violent conflict and ways to address it. Instead of working with grand and often abstract theorisations about ‘wars’ in general, it looks at the main protagonists of violent conflict, the ways they mobilise, organise, fight and govern in situations of protracted armed conflict and fragmented statehood.
Structured in three parts, the module introduces students to (i) theories about the root causes and drivers of contemporary violent conflict; ii) concepts for understanding the politics of non-state armed groups and their multifarious relations to state and society, and iii) a range of policy processes and interventions that aim at ending and transforming violent conflict.
In doing so, the module draws on interdisciplinary debates and case studies from around the world. Importantly, students are encouraged to choose particular armed groups to explore how theories and concepts work out by doing their own empirical research.

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