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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PIED5512M Insurgency

30 creditsClass Size: 24

Module manager: Dr James Worrall

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

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


On 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.

Learning outcomes
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.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours278.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

278 hours researching, preparing for classes and assessed group presentation, as well as essay preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Interaction in seminars, review of essay plans in office hours, opportunity for guidance on presentation plans.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 3,000 End of Term essay70.00
Presentation30 Minute Group Presentation30.00
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 list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:51:20


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