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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LAW5301M Security, Conflict and Justice

30 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Alex Batesmith

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

Year running 2024/25

Module replaces

LAW5301M Security Conflict and Justice

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The first part of the module begins by problematising the concepts of security and justice. We look at how security is governed, competing theories of justice and the relevance of human rights and the rule of law. The second part of the module explores concrete examples of these contested issues, including mega-events (such as the Olympics and the World Cup), protest and policing, law and war, international justice, and the field of transitional justice.


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
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:
1. Be able to analyse the relationships and tensions between security, conflict and justice;
2. Evaluate of the nuances in the semantics, politics and history of security as a concept and process;
3. Critically analyse the new late modern anxieties shaping security;
4. Identify the changing nature of violent conflict, armed conflict and civil way;
5. 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;
6. Examine the debates surrounding the balance of security and justice and the related policy-making processes.

Skills learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:
1. Critical thinking: ability to weigh up different arguments in the field of security, conflict and justice, using supporting evidence to form opinions and arguments, both orally and in writing.  
2. Academic writing: the ability to write in a clear and concise manner arguments that are supported by relevant evidence, correctly referenced using either Leeds Harvard or Oscola referencing. This should be reflected in the group poster presentation and the final essay used to assess this module.  
3. The ability to collaboratively present in poster and group presentation formats critically informed analysis of current security, conflict or justice issues in a clear, concise, focused and structured manner.   
4. The ability to plan time, prioritise tasks and work efficiently and productively and to manage their time well in order to meet deadlines.


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

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

A formal formative assessment opportunity will be provided, which is specifically pedagogically aligned to the summative assessment task. As part of this, each student will receive individual feedback designed to support the development of knowledge and skills that will be later assessed in the summative assessment.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
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: 05/04/2024


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