Masters Modules.

International Political Sociology of Civil Wars.

Based on contemporary approaches to international relations and political sociology, this module will introduce you to the politics of civil war – the dominant form of armed conflict today. The module will open with an overview of international conflict trends and the debate on the ‘new’ versus ‘old’ nature of present-day wars. The second part will focus on structural determinants of the cross-national and sub-national variation in civil wars. The remainder will explore the micro-level foundations of fighting, from the ‘greed’ versus ‘grievance’ and ‘opportunity’ versus ‘motivation’ debates, to the complex interactions of mechanisms of mobilisation and recruitment.


  • This module is typically taught through a weekly programme of lectures and seminars over the 12-week semester.


  • The module is assessed through a variety of means, which typically includes individual coursework and presentations.

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