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MAConflict, Security and Development

University of Bradford
United Kingdom, Bradford
Tuition fee £13,500 per year
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This course has been established in recognition of the way that concerns about the relationship between security and development have increasingly guided policy action and academic analysis on a range of issues in the post-Cold War era. Indeed, the merger of security and development is generally considered to be one of the defining features of the post-Cold War security debate.

Indeed, the merger of security and development is generally considered to be one of the defining features of the post-Cold War security debate. For supporters, this conceptual merger has been central to the success of recent campaigns to raise aid, eliminate debt, address global ills such as landmines and promote human security inside weak and post-conflict states in particular. For critics, the linking of development and security has unduly securitised the representation of a range of developing world actors and has legitimised a variety of quasi-imperial Western interventions ranging from the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan to pervasive programmes of economic, political and societal reform inside formerly sovereign states.

This course draws on the work of Peace Studies staff who have made important contributions to the academic and policy debates on the securitisation of development, the relationship between intervention, peacebuilding and the liberal peace and explored alternative models of both security and development. The course is particularly distinctive because it reflects both the critical approach to analysis of the security-development nexus adopted by staff involved in delivering this programme whilst also drawing on the extensive experience of staff in providing policy advice to a range of governments and other agencies.

Programme structure

Modules: © = Core, (O) = Option

Semester 1 (60 Credits – 2 x © Modules and 1 x (O) Module):

Fragile States and the Security-development Nexus (20 Credits) ©
Introduction to Peace Studies (20 Credits) ©
Arms Trade and Arms Control (20 Credits) (O)
Conflict Resolution Theory (20 Credits) (O)
International Politics and Security Studies (20 Credits) (O)
Introduction to African Politics (20 Credits) (O)
Religions, Conflict and Peacemaking in a Post-secular World (20 Credits) (O)

Semester 2 (60 Credits – 1 x © Module and 2 x (O) Modules):

Natural Resource Governance (20 Credits) ©
Gender, Conflict and Development (20 Credits) ©
Africa Study Visit (20 Credits) (O)
African Security Studies (20 Credits) (O)
Applied Conflict Resolution Skills (20 Credits) (O)
Cities in Conflict (20 Credits ) (O)
Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding (20 Credits) (O)
Regional and Global Security Politics (20 Credits) (O)
Social Movements (20 Credits) (O)
The Authoritarian Challenge to Democracy (20 Credits) (O)

End of Semester 2 onwards (60 Credits – 1 x © Module:

Dissertation project in a topic of your (choice related to Conflict, Security and Development) (60 Credits) ©

Career opportunities

Graduates typically follow careers in education, diplomacy, government, work with non-governmental organisations, in journalism and in peace-related work.

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States