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SP50226: World politics: conflict, security & development

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Social & Policy Sciences
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: ES 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Essay (ES 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To introduce students to key concepts of conflict and security in world politics as they relate to mainstream and alternatives discourses on development. To explore and critically examine how development is globally enacted, regionally shaped and domestically contested or adopted using various case studies. In particular, issues covered are conflict, security, humanitarian aid, military interventions and new social movements.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this unit students will be able to:
* understand and analyse critically the concepts of conflict, security and development, hegemony and social forces within the context of the multilevel process and changing social structure of world politics of development;
* critically assess the mainstream and alternative approaches to development which inform these concepts and debates;
* Understand the different levels and actors involved in world politics of development and critically discuss their contributions to different development approaches.


* The ability to engage in constructive, critical discussion about issues of world politics of development;
* The ability to undertake independent research into an issue related to world politics;
* The ability to write clearly, articulately, concisely and persuasively about issues in world politics;
* Good grasp of and the ability to integrate lecture and reading materials.

1. Conflict, security and development in world politics
2. The rise of conflict in the world order
3. The regional nature of conflict, security and development
4. New wars and terrorism after 9/11
5. Humanitarian and military interventions
6. Security and development
7. Human security and wellbeing in a development framework
8. New social movements and world politics of development
9. The changing world politics of development: China and India
10. The Latin American shift: Venezuela.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

SP50226 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences

SP50226 is Optional (DEU) on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences
  • THXX-AFM46 : MRes Global Political Economy: Transformations & Policy Analysis
  • THXX-AFM47 : MRes Global Political Economy: Transformations & Policy Analysis
  • THXX-AFM48 : MRes Security, Conflict & Justice
  • THXX-AFM49 : MRes Security, Conflict & Justice

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.