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IR3042 Representations of Violent Conflict: Research Seminar

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
Planned timetable:10.00 am - 12.00 noon Tue, or 10.00 am - 12.00 noon Wed

The module interrogates the nature of violence and the representational dilemmas this creates for the researcher and for conflict analysis more generally. It explores competing and cross-disciplinary theoretical and methodological approaches to study violent conflict, and then applies these to specific case studies. Problems associated with researching conflict and violence will also be covered, including ethical considerations, challenges of field research, and problems of cross-cultural communication. Students will produce an original case study focused on a conflict site or issue of their choice. The module provides instruction on research and writing skills, and trains students to construct theoretical and methodological research frameworks that will augment their preparation for the IR Honours Dissertation.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for International Relations and BA (Intl Hons) International Relations

UG Pre-requisite(s):IR2005 and IR2006

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 x 2-hour seminar (2 x 2-hour seminar in weeks 2, 4, 7, and 10), and occasional required 1-hour case study workshops (weeks 4, 6, 8, and 10).
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 30
  • Guided independent study: 270

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 50%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 50%
UG As used by St Andrews:3-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr J McMullin
Module teaching staff:Dr J McMullin