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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding

Programme code:MA-PIED/CD&PUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Co-managers: Prof Edward Newman & Dr James Worrall Contact /

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Good honours degree or equivalent. English language requirements in line with current POLIS requirements.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Politics and International Studies

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Politics and International Studies MA Exam Board

Programme specification:

This interdisciplinary programme addresses the convergence of security and development issues, and its implications for analysing the reconstruction of war-affected societies. You will bridge the themes of conflict, liberal styles of governance and aid policy. You will analyse the ways in which security, development and humanitarian agents adapt to instability. You will also examine the significance of globalisation for the emergence of internal conflict, and for the development of trans-border economics and the political dynamics they may support. Furthermore, this programme gives you the opportunity to study regionally differentiated responses to conflict in, for example Africa and Afghanistan, and to discuss issues relating to humanitarian conditionality, containment and the role of international organisations and NGOs.

Our academics are widely recognised as leading experts in their field. The research-led teaching you will benefit from is directly informed by the cutting-edge research that occurs within the Global Development, which involves more than 60 academics from across the University, as well as the Leeds University Centre for African Studies (LUCAS), which brings together scholars with an active interest in Africa from across different schools and faculties at the University of Leeds.

The programme fills an important gap in national MA provision. It directly addresses the increasing merger of development and security issues and the need to politically and socially reconstruct war-affected societies. The programme is of interest to students seeking employment in the expanding field of humanitarian intervention and social reconstruction as well as practitioners wishing to study relevant issues in more depth. Since the MA is interdisciplinary, it occupies a bridging position within POLIS and, through the wide range of optional modules, draws upon the department's rich diversity of approach and experience. Finally, the programme is both academically cutting-edge and policy relevant at a time when the nature of security is undergoing radical change.

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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidated will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

PIED5213MConflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED5598MCivil War and Intrastate Conflict30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED5800MDissertation60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth), 1 Jan to 30 Sep

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 60 credits from the following optional modules:

PIED5202MGlobal Politics of Health30 creditsNot running in 202324
PIED5210MAfrica in the Contemporary World30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5245MEducation in Emergencies30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5255MGender, Globalisation and Development30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5323MEuropean Defence and Security Analysis30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED5400MThe Rise of China30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5410MContemporary Politics of the Middle East30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5512MInsurgency30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5527MTheories and Concepts in Global Political Economy30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED5528MCapitalism in Practice30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5547MPopular Culture: World politics, Society and Culture30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED5548MThe Responsibility to Protect30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5562MInternational Relations and the Environment30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5569MCounterterrorism30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5570MTerrorism30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED5580MClimate Security30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5625MThe Global Political Economy of Money, Debt and Finance30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5626MGlobal Justice30 creditsNot running in 202324
PIED5660MEthics and Politics of Migration and Citizenship30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

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