Governance of Violent Conflict and (In)security (900N1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

You examine fundamental questions that armed conflicts and political violence raise about the role and relevance of the state and the process of governance.

You evaluate alternative approaches to the explanation of conflicts, together with their incorporation in the conflict-assessment frameworks used by policy-makers.

You study:

  • the role and limits of external interventions in preventing and managing violent conflict
  • the problems of governance in unstable and insecure political environments
  • post-conflict reconstruction and the legitimacy and capacities of the state
  • the control and reform of security institutions
  • the 'design' of political institutions to facilitate the management of conflict and situations of non-war armed violence associated, for instance, with high levels of crime. 


100%: Lecture


100%: Coursework (Essay, Group presentation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 18 hours of contact time and about 132 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.