The Politics of Conflict and Violence

Module code: PL7530

Module co-ordinator: Dr Helen Dexter

Module Outline

This module combines theoretical approaches to violence with empirical detail in order to explore the politics of violence and conflict. It explores a variety of contemporary manifestations of political violence including war, terrorism, state violence, everyday violence, targeted killing, and structural violence.

The module will encourage students to think critically about contexts, sites and logics of violence addressing questions such as: What is violence? How is it understood? Why does it occur? What does it produce? Why does it persist? How is it experienced?

Teaching and Learning Methods

Teaching will be delivered through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) – Blackboard - this allows for a range of innovative and engaging teaching techniques to be used such as online presentations, podcasts, interactive message boards and Wikis, as well as one-to-one contact through conventional channels. 


  • Journal article analysis (20%)
  • Essay (80%)