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TCV2016 - Introduction (wk1)

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Yvan Guichaoua

on 28 September 2016

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Transcript of TCV2016 - Introduction (wk1)

Theories of Conflict and Violence
Structure of the module & key questions


Module format & organisational matters

Readings & resources
Structure of the module & key questions
Readings and resources
Format & organisational matters
. Are lecturers useful?

. Read, present, interact, receive feedback
No paraphrasing
Critical engagement expected
Those not presenting prepare questions / remarks
--> not doing this will make sessions boring

with Nicolas and myself
| issues which concern everyone
office hours
| personal academic matters | Calendly
:additional platform managed by students
: (not mandatory): @YGuichaoua
JCR, JPR, Security Dialogue, IRIN News, ICG, Carnegie Endowment for peace etc.
5,000 words essay --> 100% of the mark --> super important

Intermediary step --> submitting your outline (by
18 Nov

10 Jan, 12.00 noon
. Work in advance, don't ruin your Xmas break

Essay must be envisaged as a mini-research paper --> FDR helpful

All essays must be organised around a research question yet types may vary
1. Characterising the objects we study
Conflict v violent conflict

Interstate wars v intrastate (i.e. civil) wars

War statistics
3. Research directions in today's conflict analysis
2. How our understanding of war and political violence has evolved
Natural resources & conflicts

Entrepreneurs of violence, ideologies identities

Individual drivers of violent mobilisation


Types of violence

Rebel governance

Escalation / de-escalation
No real textbook but Edward Elgar Companion handbook useful

Scanned chapters on Moodle

Rest of refs accessible online

Let me know if you can't access some refs
. Choose a seminar group, choose a topic and let me know by email asap
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