This unique course covers the theory and history of international conflict and of intra- and inter-state disputes in the contemporary international system. It draws on subjects such as international relations, politics, economics, sociology and history. The course will enable you to examine and analyse the issues and dynamics that shape and influence conflict in the modern world, as well as explore the tools to manage and resolve it.
Key features -The case studies, backed up by the theoretical and historical foundations taught in this course, bridge the gap between traditional international relations courses - the rationale of which is based on institutional and/or statist approaches - and those that specialise in conflict management and resolution. -Kingston University is established as one of the leading centres of expertise on conflict, conflict dynamics and processes of conflict management and resolution. You will be taught by highly acclaimed academics and experts, including presentations by leading figures from politics, the media and international organisations. -Our year-long (30-credit) modules provide increased contact time with academic staff. You will also be fully supported in preparing your dissertation, in which you will research an area of interest in depth. -Lively discussion is encouraged, with visiting speakers, leading academics and figures from human rights and international organisations contributing to the debate.
What will you study?
You will look at the theory and history behind international conflict at all levels of interaction, from the interpersonal to the international. You will also examine how conflict manifests itself in the contemporary international system, and the techniques available to manage and resolve violent disputes. In addition, you will explore key questions, such as the role of religion and gender in conflict, weapons proliferation, the function of outside actors, and the effects of conflict on civilians. You will apply your skills in a piece of original research of 12,000-15,000 words.
Seminar presentations, essays, and dissertation.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.
Core modules -Conflict Theory and Resolution -Contemporary Issues and Case Studies in Security and Conflict -Dissertation -Research Skills and Dissertation/Project Proposal
Optional modules -Crime, Harm and Justice -Freedom, Censorship and Subversion -From State to Global Politics -Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity -Human Rights: Architectures, Actors, Activism -International Political Economy: Capitalism, Imperialism and the State -Strategies for Achieving Human Rights -Terrorism, Political Violence and Human Rights -The Theory and Practice of International Relations