Undergraduate Modules

Peacekeeping, Statebuilding and International Intervention

International intervention covers a broad area ranging from peacekeeping through to humanitarian intervention, development strategies and statebuilding projects. What most people agree on is that the nature of international intervention has changed a lot in recent years. At first, simple peacekeeping gave way to more interventionist forms of peacebuilding, security took on a more human aspect and development started to address institutional capacity. Now a new wave of changes are moving to more facilitative forms of intervention that govern from a distance by encouraging local people to ‘do the right thing’. We see this in the promotion of local ownership, good governance and capacity building. Most recently a range of issues are being addressed by the idea of building resilience.

The module discusses what these ideas mean and how they operate in practice. It highlights the shift in discourse and practice, and the promotion of the notion that international organisations should help people to govern themselves better. It develops a coherent argument across the module through conceptual and theoretical frameworks while applying this to different case studies. The module starts by looking at approaches to peacebuilding, then moves to development and then resilience.


The topics covered:

  1. From state security to human security
  2. Humanitarian intervention and the Responsibility to Protect
  3. From peacekeeping to peacebuilding
  4. Hybrid peace
  5. Statebuilding
  6. Development strategy from structural adjustment to good governance
  7. New liberal approaches to development
  8. Resilience in the Horn of Africa
  9. Gender main-streaming in Liberia

Final Year
Autumn Semester
Module Code POL3137

Teaching Methods:

  • 11 weekly two-hour seminars


  • One 3000-word essay 
  • One two-hour exam