2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
30 creditsClass Size: 45
Module manager: Dr James Worrall
Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
This module is not approved as an Elective
Module summaryThis module introduces theoretical and empirical approaches to the study and experience of insurgency and counterinsurgency.
ObjectivesOn completion, students should be able to:
a) Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the concept of insurgency, the typology of insurgencies, the origins and strategies of insurgents, group dynamics of insurgencies and the formation and impact of policies to counterinsurgency.
b) Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the history of insurgency in the 20th and 21st centuries.
c) Be able to appraise competing theories and interpretations of the concept, the origins and dynamics of insurgency and
d) Demonstrate a critical understanding of a range of theoretical and empirical literature on insurgency and allied fields.
e) Use analytical and presentation skills to present independent research on various insurgent groups and key themes in the study of the insurgent phenomenon.
Students should acquire an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the theoretical and analytical implications of contemporary insurgency and counterinsurgency, with in-depth knowledge of rebel politics, governance and outcomes.
The nature of insurgency and counterinsurgency; theoretical analysis and doctrinal evolution; rebel governance, internal insurgent politics, meanings of victory, group and individual motivations, paradigmatic case studies.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||300.00|
|Total Contact hours||0.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||300.00|
Private study278 hours researching, preparing for classes and assessed group presentation, as well as essay preparation.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackInteraction in seminars, review of essay plans in office hours, opportunity for guidance on presentation plans.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Essay||1 x 3,000 End of Term essay||70.00|
|Presentation||30 Minute Group Presentation||30.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Assessed presentation provides opportunities for collaborative group work, improvement of presentational and communications skills while essay allows for the testing of more traditional theoretical and analytical abilities.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 30/04/2019
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