United Kingdom, London

Development and Conflict

when 24 July 2017 - 11 August 2017
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 1500

This course examines the linkages between conflict and development, inequality and violence, and the structures and interests which contribute to the continuation of violence within and between nations. Drawing on case studies from a wide range of ongoing and recent conflicts throughout the world, the course considers how political and economic interests compete or conspire, and how these processes may create great wealth for some but devastation for many more. It examines how international peacekeeping and humanitarian interventions have proliferated under an international normative architecture based on notions of a ‘responsibility to protect’.

The course will consider how the current international aid and development system elaborates policies and processes to reduce poverty and inequality, but how these policies may themselves be contributing to the problems they intend to solve. Looking at current manifestations of violence and possible trajectories and trends in armed violence at a global level, the course explores notions of identity and terror, and the notion of building resilience to violence. The course ends with an examination of violence in non-conflict contexts. Throughout this course, students will critically examine the relevant literature, popular discourse and media to challenge assumptions and constructively engage with each other, reaching new understandings and strengthening analytical skills.

Course leader

Dr. Claudia Seymour

Target group

Current students, professionals

Course aim

At the end of a course, a student should be able to demonstrate:

How wars and conflicts affect development processes and vice versa
The major contrasting conflict and development theories and how they relate to practice
Global complex emergencies (wars, refuges and gender-based violence) and critique international response to violent crises

Credits info

7.5 EC
Students are usually able to obtain credits from their home institution and typically our courses receive 3 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system. If you intend to claim credits from your home institution, please check the requirements with them before you enrol. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can, however please be aware that the decision to award credits rests with your home institution.

Assessment will be optional and will vary for each course. Participants will be provided with a certificate of attendance and transcripts will be available on request.

Fee info

GBP 1500: Tuition
A tuition fee of £1500 will be charged per 3 week programme. This figure does not include accommodation fees.

Application fee
A one-off, non-refundable application fee of £60 will be charged to cover administration costs.

An early bird discount of 10% is available if fees are paid by 17 April 2017.
15% discount for SOAS Alumni or if you take a combination of sessions 2 and 3.
20% discount for current SOAS students and our partner institutions.
Other discounts are available for groups, please contact us for further information.

Accommodation is available at an extra fee of £710 for 20 nights. For more details of how to reserve a room please our accommodation page.


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