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Development Studies Special Topic B: Conflict, Security and Development
The aim of this subject is to provide a grounding in analytical approaches and policy responses to the political economy of conflict, security and development. To achieve this aim, we draw on the notion of the 'continuum of violence’ to show how differing forms of violence are connected in complex ways throughout the various processes of development. The subject examines the foundational theories of conflict and violence, including gender perspectives, debates about the origins of human violence, and the role of violence in historical change. Against this background, we explore a range of competing theories and claims in development theory to trace the ways in which assumptions have influenced ideas regarding the causes and dynamics of conflict. Further, the subject looks critically at contemporary efforts to address insecurity and conflict through conflict mediation, ‘state building’, and post conflict stabilization/reconstruction. Throughout, we will look explore empirical trends in relation to conflict, the difficulties of data collection and the importance of categorization and boundaries to matters of conflict and development.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should be able to:
- Explore a range of ways of understanding the possible linkages between 'development' and security/conflict;
- Develop a political economy approach to understanding these issues, which encourages an exploration of the connections between contemporary trends and historical processes, and an openness to inter-disciplinary methods and approaches;
- Encourage critical questioning of available models of explanation and policy packages, through a critical view of theory and empirical evidence, and to explore alternative approaches and policy responses to the challenges created by conflict and insecurity;
- Develop case study knowledge of particular conflicts or manifestations of conflict and insecurity;
- Develop the ability to critically engage with analytical and operational tools designed to address violent conflict.
On completion of this subject, students should:
- Be able to think critically (for example, about development and its measures);
- Obtain information to evaluate propositions (about development)
- Present a robust case study of a particular conflict and set of policy responses
- Write coherent and researched essays
Last updated: 11 February 2021