The Politics of Armed Groups: Rebels, State and Society (014IR)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

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 you to:

  • theories about the root causes and drivers of contemporary violent conflict
  • concepts for understanding the politics of non-state armed groups and their multifarious relations to state and society
  • 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, you are encouraged to choose particular armed groups to explore how theories and concepts work out by doing your own empirical research. 

Teaching

100%: Seminar

Assessment

30%: Coursework (Essay, Group presentation)
70%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 30 hours of contact time and about 270 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

Courses

This module is offered on the following courses: