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Upon fulfilling the requirements of this subject, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. Identify key state functions which contribute to national and human security.
  2. Explain the relationship between state fragility and insecurity.
  3. Critically assess the security-development nexus,including its relationship to peace-building efforts.
  4. Apply theories about the causes of conflict to case studies.
  5. Critically analyse the theories of development
  6. Critically analyse the paradigms of security and development through case studies.
  • Assignment 1 - Assessment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 - Assessment 2 (50%)
  • Assignment 3 - Assessment 3 (20%)
  • Assignment 4 - Assessment 4 (10%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject introduces students to the causal relationships between conflict, insecurity and development. It provides students with an analysis of the conflict dynamics within states that lack the capacity to provide security to those within their borders. It addresses the key theories of civil war and political and economic development, with reference to key global case studies. The subject also addresses the different types of coercive and non-coercive intervention and peacebuilding and the effects that they can be expected to have. It also examines the effects of insecurity for societal cohesion and long term development, economic growth, life expectancy and the provision of health and education services. The subject complements PICX111 that addresses non-traditional security threats in the twenty-first century.

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