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Unit information: Violence, Conflict and Forced Migration in 2020/21

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Unit name Violence, Conflict and Forced Migration
Unit code SPOL30066
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Vicky Canning
Open unit status Not open




School/department School for Policy Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

This unit examines instances of escalated violence in conflict, (e.g. Rwandan genocide, ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland, Bosnian war, conflicts in Syria and in central African regions). Victimisation and targeting of specific social groups will be examined in the context of theories related to how and why such targeting occurs. You will also examine the work with survivors of conflict-related violence and oppression.

This unit also aims to develop an understanding of how violence and violent conflict have been variously constructed. Trends in conflict historically and contemporarily will be examined along with changes to global and local responses to such conflict. Key sites of contestation with regard to migration and borders in the aftermath of conflict will also be critically addressed.

Intended Learning Outcomes

1. Critically understand key approaches to violence and conflict.

2. Demonstrate knowledge of key sites of contestation in relation to violence, conflict and the state.

3. Apply theories of victimisation to those targeted by violence, conflict and forced migration.

Teaching Information

This unit will draw on a blended learning approach. Students will engage with asynchronous taught content (including, for example, narrated slides and other teaching and research materials) and will be tasked to complete activities in preparation for synchronous sessions to present and discuss ideas and clarify learning.

Assessment Information

Part 1: Individual presentation + slides and notes (1000 words) (25%)

Part 2: Case study (2000 words) (75%)

Reading and References

Canning, V. (2017) Gendered Harm and Structural Violence in the British Asylum System'. Oxon: 'Routledge'

Demmers, J. (2012) Theories of Violent Conflict'. Abingdon: Routledge

Jeong, H. W. (2008) Understanding Conflict and Conflict Analysis'. London: Sage

Khosravi, S. (2010), Illegal Traveller: An Auto-Ethnography of Borders, London: Palgrave Macmillan

Rejali, D. (2007) Torture and Democracy'. Princeton: Princeton University Press

Webber, Frances. (2012) Borderline Justice: The Fight for Refugee and Migrant Rights'. London: Pluto Press