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Module Code: POU33102

Module Name: Political Violence B 2022-23

  • ECTS Weighting: 5
  • Semester/Term Taught: Semester 2
  • Contact Hours: TBC
  • Module Personnel: Lecturer - Dr Dino Hadzic
  • Module Co-Requisites: POU33091 - Political Violence A
  • Office Hours: By appointment

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, student should be able to:

  • Identify the key determinants of civil conflict in a range of empirical settings.
  • Explain how the design of political institutions can undermine political stability and, conversely, encourage cooperation between competing social groups in various periods and settings.
  • Identify the processes by which societies become polarised in different historical and cultural contexts.
  • Evaluate the strengths and limitations of theoretical approaches to explaining the practice of political violence as applied to a variety of case studies.

Module Learning Aims

This module aims to build students’ understanding of the causal mechanics underlying conflicts across a variety of settings and periods, the character of the violence in these conflicts, and the prospects for resolution.


Module Content

Drawing on major theoretical approaches to the explanation of violence, we apply these theoretical frameworks to an empirical examination of political violence in a range of periods and settings. We explore how and to what extent the major approaches in the scholarship explain the reality of conflict in different regional, cultural, and historical contexts.

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Recommended Reading List

All readings (required and optional) will be available on either Blackboard or through the library.


Assessment Details

Participation 5%

1 essay worth 35%

1 essay worth 60%.

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