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IR4571   Conflict and intervention in world politics

Academic year(s): 2023-2024

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: Lectures 10 - 11am Mon (wks 1 - 7), Seminars 10am - 12 noon (wks 8 - 11)

This module critically engages with evolving landscapes of armed conflict. It provides students with the theoretical and conceptual foundation to understand change and continuity in contemporary conflict and intervention. We will use recent and ongoing cases to examine the theoretical and policy implications of multiple and often contradictory tendencies surrounding armed conflicts. New developments in conflict and intervention will be historicised within a longer trajectory. The module's analytical aim is to explore two interconnected questions pertaining to the core values of the international system: (1) how are the shifts in the global order altering conflicts and interventions; and (2) what are the implications of new trends in conflict and intervention for the state system and collective security. The module includes a simulation of the UN Security Council.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass IR2006

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x one-hour lecture plus 1 x one-hour tutorial (Weeks 1-7), 1 x two-hour seminar (Weeks 8-11).

Scheduled learning hours: 22

Guided independent study hours: 276

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 100% coursework

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 20%
Coursework: 30%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr K Giri
Module teaching staff: Dr K Giri

Intended learning outcomes

  • Be able to critically examine how contemporary conflict and intervention are affected by shifts in the global order
  • Be able to identify both continuity and change in contemporary conflict and intervention.
  • Be able to discern both theoretical and policy implications of contemporary developments in conflict and intervention for international relations and IR.
  • Have the capacity to present a clear and succinct argument on a number of substantive issue areas covered in this module and to translate this argument into a policy position.