Geographies of Violence and Conflict (001G4A)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

Conflict and violence are major components of social process, transformation and change – locally, nationally and internationally. This module gives you an overview of how geographers (and other social scientists) have thought about, studied, and explained violence and conflict. For example, whether violence and conflict are considered an exceptional situation or a ‘normal’ aspect of societal change.

The module highlights the multiple scales at which conflict and violence occur, from domestic violence to international war. You’ll explore how violence and conflict affects people and groups at the micro-level of personal experience, rather than simply looking at macro-level aggregate patterns. You will be encouraged to examine the differences between diverse forms of violence. 

The first part of the module will focus on the theories and concepts through which violence and conflict have been explained. The second part will apply these theories and concepts to a range of diverse examples (such as war systems, undocumented migration, mass shootings, fear of violence, the media and gender).


33%: Lecture
67%: Seminar


10%: Coursework (Group presentation)
90%: 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.

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.


This module is offered on the following courses: