The programme has been designed to provide you with a range of options that offer comprehensive coverage of theories of conflict, political violence and civil wars, human security, terrorism and insurgency, including the implications for strategies of state-building, post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation, peace processes and conflict resolution. Concepts and theories are analysed across a range of global, regional, national and subnational contexts, including detailed comparative case studies.
The programme includes as a compulsory element some basic methodological training in quantitative and/or qualitative methods, with provision for more advanced skills as required.
You must take courses to the value of four full units and you are required to write a 10,000-word dissertation. Part-time students may take up to four courses in their first year.
(* denotes a half unit)
Comparative Conflict Analysis*
Introduces the core theoretical debates and cutting-edge research on intra-state conflict and political violence.
Qualitative Research Methods*
Addresses methods of data collection and analysis of qualitative data.
Introduction to Quantitative Analysis*
Covers the foundations of descriptive statistics and statistical estimation and inference.
Case Studies and Comparative Methods for Qualitative Research*
Applied Regression Analysis*
Deepening the understanding of the generalized linear model and its application to social science data.
An independent research project of 10,000 words on an approved topic of your choice.
Courses to the value of two units from a range of options
You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.
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