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2017/18 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PIED5510M Insurgency

15 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Dr James Worrall

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

Module replaces

PIED 5559M Terrorism and Insurgency

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module introduces theoretical and empirical approaches to the study and experience of insurgency and counter-insurgency.


On completion, students should be able to:
a) Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the concept of insurgency, the typology of insurgency, the origins and strategies of insurgents, and the formation of policy to counter-insurgency and provide security.
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 skills to present independent research on topics in this area.

Learning outcomes
Students should acquire an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the theoretical and analytical implications of contemporary insurgency and counter-insurgency, with in-depth knowledge of recent developments in Iraq and Afghanistan.


The nature of insurgency and counter-insurgency; theoretical analysis and doctrinal evolution; ethical issues; how militaries learn (Iraq); exit strategies (Afghanistan).

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours140.00
Total Contact hours10.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

140 hours researching, preparing for classes and writing essay.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Interaction in seminars.
- Early submission of title/ topic of essay and review of outline by tutor.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3,000 word essay100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 26/04/2017


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