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IR3048 Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Intervention

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
Planned timetable:10.00 am - 12.00 noon Tue or 1.00 pm - 3.00 pm Tue

The module is designed to offer students who have undertaken some previous study in the area of International Relations an introduction to the theories and concepts of international peacekeeping and armed humanitarian intervention.Although we explore peacekeeping as a phenomenon with a long historical lineage, we concentrate on its 'refinement' as an instrument of the United Nations in the period since 1945. The approach adopted is very much a political one - concerned with the international relations and diplomacy of conflict management. This is not a training course for conflict resolution on the ground, much less a military handbook.

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 1-hour lecture (x 10 weeks), 1 x 1-hour tutorial (x 10 weeks), 2 consultation hours with Coordinator (x 12 weeks). 2 hours examination feedback in week 1 of following semester.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 20
  • Guided independent study: 280

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 N MacQueen
Module teaching staff:Dr N MacQueen