Faculty of Arts


Peace, Conflict and Terrorism


This course is an advanced study of violent conflict and terrorism. You will become familiar with the main explanations of political violence and the main policy approaches for resolving and preventing it.

This is a Comparative Politics course combining theoretical perspectives and empirical examples. In your essay you will carry out a systematic comparison of similar cases to test a particular theory or answer an important question in the discipline. By doing so, you each have the opportunity to add to the accumulation of knowledge in the field of conflict, terrorism and peace studies.

Each seminar has a list of "recommended" readings. As postgraduate students, it’s up to you how much reading you do, but clearly the more you do the more you will enjoy and gain from the class. Reading lists are provided for each week but there are many more articles and books relevant to each topic. Demonstrating that you have read widely in the theoretical and case study literature will gain you a higher mark for participation. I have also provided several readings specific to each conflict or country and a general bibliography.

Class limits for 2020: Enrolment is limited to 80 students.

Students enrolled in the Master of Conflict and Terrorism Studies will be guaranteed a place. If places remain, other students will be enrolled in the following priority order.

1.     Postgraduate students in Politics and International Relations, ranked by GPA.

               2.    All other students, identified by the Discipline Convenor as having sufficient background to enrol in the   course, on a first in, first enrolled basis.

Availability 2020

Not offered in 2020; planned for 2021




Recommended Reading


POLITICS 700: 15.0 points




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