London, United Kingdom


when 20 July 2020 - 7 August 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 2100

The 2020 UCL Summer School has been cancelled due to the spread of Covid-19.

This course will examine a variety of alternative theoretical explanations for civil conflict. The course begins with an overview of the disciplines knowledge about the determinants of civil conflict.

The course then proceeds by introducing the student to the different theoretical explanations for civil conflict and the empirical research that has been undertaken to test these different theories. In particular:

1) Examine the development of the literature and the variety of alternative theoretical
explanations for why people rebel against their state.

2) Examine the consequences of civil wars for civilians.

The course critically reviews the impact that politics plays on the advent, continuation, and consequences of civil conflict. Students are invited to reflect upon the state of the discipline and areas of fruitful future research.

Course leader

Dr M. Rodwan Abouharb

Target group

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required to study this module but students are expected to have a keen interest in the subject area. Students must have completed at least one year of undergraduate study by the start of the module in order to enroll.

Course aim

• To provide an understanding of the different theoretical perspectives concerning why civil conflicts begin, and what are their consequences.
• To assist students in developing a conceptually and empirically informed understanding of the debates surrounding the civil conflict.
• To introduce students to the debates in the literature on civil conflict.
• To qualify an international group of undergraduate students who may wish to proceed to further specialised study of civil conflict and/or employment in a related field.
• To develop key skills associated with: reading about, understanding and discussing conceptual issues and theoretical debates; applying concepts and theories to the empirical study of civil conflict; writing essays and presenting them in seminars, and to participate in group discussions.

Credits info

7.5 EC
7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 0.5 UCL

Fee info

GBP 2100: The tuition fee for this module is £2100.
GBP 1100: There is an option to stay at the UCL Summer School residence for the duration of the three-week course. Accommodation is within walking distance to the UCL campus and features private, en suite rooms with shared kitchens. The cost is approx. £1100 per three-week session.