Undergraduate | MAQ-PICX3013 | 2024
Strategies of Political Violence
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Explore the reason why internal sources of armed conflict have become the most important foreign policy challenges in the world today. Learn how to explain key concepts of strategy, negotiation, terrorism and political coercion.
Strategies of Political Violence
About this subject
On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:
- Evaluate the contributing theoretical and practical approaches to understanding the strategies of political violence, including the relationship to their history and context
- Model academic research skills, particularly the ability to select sources appropriately, to integrate knowledge from diverse sources, to critically evaluate significance and relevance, synthesize materials, and present findings logically, rationally and lucidly.
- Identify and critically analyse different strategies of political violence.
- Demonstrate the ability to apply theory and concepts to case studies, as well as independently collect one’s own empirical evidence and data
- Demonstrate critical communication skills, including the ability to present sustained, persuasive and original verbal and written arguments cogently and coherently, and mediate in-class debate and discussion
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate in a professional manner in all class activities and in the submission of assessments.
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
One of the most pervasive contemporary security challenges is the threats to the state and its population from political violence emerging from within state borders. Internal sources of armed conflict--such as communal violence, subversion and insurgency--have significant implications for national, regional and global security, and are increasingly acknowledged to be the most important foreign policy challenges and threats in the world today. This subject examines the strategies which underpin the use of political violence by state and non-state actors, including coercion, co-optation, undercutting and concession. It will use a range of international case studies to examine the causal factors behind the campaigns of political violence perpetrated by states and non-state actors and the responses of targets.
- Online activities (20%)
- Literature review (30%)
- Final Research essay (50%)
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You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
MAQ-PICX313 (Not currently available)
NCCW (pre-2020 units) PICT313, PICX313
Pre-requisite 50cp at 2000 level or above
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