Foundations in International Relations with Associate Professor Sarah Percy

This course aims to provide postgraduate students with no prior background in International Relations or Peace and Conflict Studies a necessary grounding in the subject. The course introduces students to the various theoretical approaches to the study of world politics, providing them with conceptual lenses through which to understand and analyse the major historical and contemporary issues at the core of the discipline. The course also aims to introduce students to the key issues in the in current international agenda, including sovereignty, international law, globalization, human rights, humanitarian intervention and terrorism.

Politics of Development with Dr Heloise Weber

This course focuses on the centrality of politics in development. It examines contemporary development processes in relation to historical trends, and explores the ways in which local and global contexts are increasingly interconnected in an era of globalisation. The course introduces and engages competing approaches to development, and considers the politics and political implications of everyday lived experiences of development policy. Throughout the course, we closely examine the politics of social change, and consider the legacies of historical political change and their implications for contemporary development processes and challenges.

Economic Analysis & Public Policy POLS7406 with Professor Stephen Bell

This course deals with the contributions of economic analysis to public policy and governance. The main rationale is to help students better understand how mainstream economists think and how they advise governments and other organisations involved in public policy and broader governance issues. After completing this course students should be able to more fully understand the language and major concepts of mainstream economic analysis as applied to governance and public policy. The course also engages in a critical evaluation of such contributions.

Conflict Resolution with Dr Morgan Brigg

This course provides an overview of the conflict resolution field and an understanding of core principles and processes for the creative, constructive and collaborative resolution of conflict. Distributive, integrative and transformative approaches to conflict resolution are considered in relation to key conflict resolution processes including dialogue and mediation. The course introduces practical skills including process design, preparing agendas, dealing with impasses, and reframing volatile exchanges. You will also gain an understanding of the qualities of constructive negotiators and interveners in conflict situations. Learning in the course builds upon scholarship, case studies, and practical exercises.

Ethics and Human Rights 

This course addresses key ethical dilemmas in world politics. It begins by surveying the main ethical traditions in international relations, such as cosmopolitanism, communitarianism, feminism and postcolonialism. The course then engages a range of practical issues, including human rights, international law, humanitarian intervention and poverty. Lectures and seminar discussions alternate with alternative teaching methods, including participatory learning and simulation exercises.

Arms Control & Disarmament POLS7506 with Associate Professor Marianne Hanson

Addresses the political, strategic, legal and humanitarian issues directing arms control and disarmament processes. The course examines conventional weapons (such as landmines, small arms and light weapons) and weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, biological and chemical weapons). It draws on strategic analyses as well as on the range of international treaties, and examines traditional and current ways of viewing these weapons, looking especially at how the international community has sought to constrain or eliminate these

Culture, Conflict and Reconciliation POLS7510 with Dr Martin Weber

Theories of culture, identity and difference; cultural conflict and multiculturalism; collective trauma and the politics of remembering and forgetting; different approaches to reconciliation.

Gender, Peace and Security in Global and Local Perspective POLS7523 with Dr Nicole George

Going beyond commonplace perceptions that equate violence with men and victim-hood with women, this course examines how masculine and feminine roles are constructed and embodied in conflict and peacemaking. We examine the gendered expectations borne by men in conflict, the varied roles women play in the prosecution of conflict, the gendered face of conflict-related violence and the need for greater attention to gender in all efforts to build peace and resolve conflict. United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (and later follow-up resolutions), will form an important focal point for deliberation in this course, alongside other historical and contemporary case-studies. Students will gain enhanced gender analysis skills and an understanding of how and why these are pertinent to assessments of conflict, insecurity and peace-building.

Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies POLS7550 with Professor Alex Bellamy

This course provides an advanced introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies, providing a broad overview of the different approaches to the field, the global context and emerging trends. In particular, it considers different theories about the causes of war and violence and the trends and patterns in violent conflict. It also examines the historical evolution of thinking about peace and different approaches to the question of peace. Students will also examine global efforts to restrain war and conflict through collective and common security, ethical and legal restraints on war and institutions. Finally, the course will turn to specific practices and politics associated with the pursuit of peace and management of war, looking at the ethics and laws of war the delivery of humanitarian aid, and transitional justice. The course will illustrate these themes through engagement with historical and contemporary cases including the major wars of the twentieth century and more recent armed conflicts such as the civil wars in Syria and Iraq.

Studying Peace and Conflict POLS7551 with Neil Renic

This course provides postgraduate students with no prior background in peace and conflict studies a necessary theoretical grounding in the subject. The principal purpose of this course is to introduce students to the various theoretical approaches to the study of peace and conflict studies. In particular, it focuses on the causes of war and violence, the relationship between security and development, human security, the ethical and legal restraints on war, the politics and practice of humanitarian aid, and the role of international institutions

Research Methods

This course provides an introductory overview of approaches to social science research. It will equip students with an understanding of research design and the different research methodologies required to undertake the most common forms of qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis used in social science research.