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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LAW5301M Security, Conflict and Justice

30 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Professor Conor O'Reilly

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Module replaces

LAW5300M Security and Justice

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students should be able:
- to explore key concepts, theories and approaches central to the understanding of security, conflict and justice;
- to explore contemporary issues and late modern ‘anxieties’ concerning the practice and governance of security;
- to understand the dimensions of security including human security, technologies of security and spaces of security;
- to explore the changing patterns of violent conflict, armed conflict and civil war;
- to identify the links between security, conflict and justice, as well as to critically analyse the relationship between them;
- to explore how theories and philosophies of justice may be applied in contemporary societies;
- to identify and analyse the contexts in which security policies are developed and their impacts on justice and democratic principles.

Learning outcomes
Students will:
- understand and analyse the relationships and tensions between security, conflict and justice;
- understand the nuances in the semantics, politics and history of security as a concept and process;
- critically analyse the new late modern anxieties shaping security;
- understand the changing nature of violent conflict, armed conflict and civil way;
- understand theories and philosophies of justice;
- critically analyse theories of justice in relation to the realities of human rights, citizenship and inequality and the operation of institutions of justice in an international context;
- understand the debates surrounding the balance of security and justice and the related policy-making processes.

Skills outcomes
Critical analysis of theory, research, concepts and philosophies of security, conflict and justice

Critical reading across academic disciplinary boundaries

Use of the internet and electronic databases to research policy in the field and to conduct independent research


Introduction & Overview:

From the Traditional to the Non-Traditional Security Agenda
Governing Security: From the National to the Transnational
Violent Conflict Patterns, Armed Conflict and Civil War
Criminal Justice
Theories of International Justice and R2P
Transitional Justice
Kidnapping – Security and Justice in States of Impunity
Mega-Events – Microcosms of Local-Transnational Security Interaction
Guest Seminar in Security, Conflict and Justice
Conclusion & Module Review

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours276.00
Total Contact hours24.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Presentations from a selected group of students each seminar will allow for an understanding of how the students are engaging with the readings and content of the course. Furthermore, records will be kept, detailing the contributions made by students to the class discussion. A first Semester Group Poster Presentation will allow for progress to be monitored and enable feedback to be provided and addressed in advance of future assessed assignments. Informal meetings between the module convenor and individual students will also be arranged after for verbal feedback.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation1 x 4,000 word70.00
Poster PresentationGroup poster presentation30.00
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: 29/04/2022 15:29:04


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