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Course content

This course looks in depth at the concepts and politics surrounding terrorism, political violence and security in the post-Cold-War era. It will provide an understanding of the forces of global politics and develop the skills needed to engage in academic and professional discussions that are shaping the contemporary international agenda. With a particular focus on human rights and international conflict, the course strikes a balance between the theoretical and practical elements of the study of international relations.

Key features
-Our experienced teaching staff are all active researchers, which means that you will encounter the latest thinking and research.
-You will benefit from visiting speakers, which include leading figures from politics, the media and international organisations.
-You will be fully supported in developing your postgraduate academic skills and will receive one-to-one support and expert supervision in preparing your dissertation, which allows you to research an area of particular interest in depth.
-The extensive list of option modules enables you to tailor the course to your own interests.

What will you study?

You will examine the moral, ethical and legal aspects of the use of violence by both state and non-state groups. You will also focus on politics of the state in the modern world and the wider contexts of ‘globalisation' within which modern violence takes place.

A variety of case studies and your choice of option modules allow you to pursue more-specialist interests. You will also develop your research skills and apply them in your own research project of 15,000 words.


Essays, reports, class presentations, and dissertation.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules
-From State to Global Politics
-Research Skills and Dissertation/Project Proposal
-Terrorism, Political Violence and Human Rights

Optional modules
-Crime, Harm and Justice
-Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity
-The Theory and Practice of International Relations
-Human Rights: Architectures, Actors, Activism
-International Political Economy: Capitalism, Imperialism and the State
-Strategies for Achieving Human Rights

Visit the Terrorism and Political Violence - MSc page on the Kingston University website for more details!






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