Security Sector Reform

Module code: CR7584

Module co-ordinator: Dr Eleanor Gordon

An effective, efficient and fair security and justice sector is key to securing peace, stability and development. In recognition of this, comprehensive Security Sector Reform (SSR) programmes are often implemented in post-conflict countries. This module takes an in-depth look at the core features of SSR, alongside the roles of the different actors involved and challenges faced. Under the umbrella of SSR, the module will review the activities and actors associated with Justice Sector Reform, Police Reform, Penal Reform, Defence Reform and the establishment or strengthening of oversight bodies. The module will also consider the role of informal security and justice mechanisms in post-conflict states. You will review lessons learned and best practises in respect of coordination, project management, transition of authority/ownership, resource mobilisation, communication and outreach strategies and, above all, the effectiveness and sustainability of efforts to reform the security and justice sector.

Topics covered

  • Security Sector Reform – Overview
  • Justice Reform
  • Police Reform
  • Penal Reform
  • Defence Reform
  • Security Sector Governance


This module is studied by distance learning and will include:

  • reading course materials
  • reading, watching and listening to required and recommended resources
  • independent study
  • written assignment


  • E-tivity (20%)
  • Written paper, 3,500 words (80%)