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Unit information: Conceptual Issues in Security, Conflict, and Human Rights in 2022/23

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Unit name Conceptual Issues in Security, Conflict, and Human Rights
Unit code POLIM0030
Credit points 15
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Oksanen
Open unit status Not open
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School/department School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Unit Information

The unit introduces students to conceptual and theoretical issues in the study of security, conflict, and human rights. It examines different disciplinary and theoretical approaches to these themes. Students will engage with normative, empirical and theoretical perspectives and the contemporary research agendas within and between disciplines.

The unit will be delivered in the form of an intensive three day workshop which will include:

Introductory session mapping the broad contours of the topic;

Different disciplinary perspectives presented by lecturers from a range of disciplines across the DTP partners;

Facilitated seminar/workshop sessions to debate particular issues from an interdisciplinary perspective including, where appropriate, presentations from existing PhD researchers;

Concluding session

Your learning on this unit

The learning objectives and outcomes include:

  • The ability to understand and analyse critically a range of issues in contemporary security and conflict contexts at multiple levels, from the inter-personal to inter-state;
  • The ability to understand and critically analyse security, conflict and human rights from multiple disciplinary and conceptual perspectives
  • Wide knowledge and understanding of the state of the art on these issues in different disciplines;
  • The ability to engage in constructive, critical discussion about theoretical and disciplinary perspectives on critical issues in security, conflict and human rights;
  • The ability to plan and design independent research into an issue related to security, conflict, and human rights;
  • The ability to write articulately, concisely and persuasively about issues in security, conflict, and human rights.

How you will learn

The unit will be taught through blended learning methods, including a mix of synchronous and asynchronous teaching activities

How you will be assessed

Formative assessment: group presentation

Summative assessment: 100% essay (3,500 words) which will assess all of the learning outcomes


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.