Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC1022: Violence in World Politics

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.


NQF Level 4
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Owen Thomas (Lecturer)

Available via distance learning


Violence is an ever-present feature of international politics. Violence can be a direct and physical act, such as war and terrorism. But violence can also be non-physical and anonymous act of neglect or abuse, such as deprivation and abandonment. In this module we will examine a series of questions: What is violence? Where does it happened in world politics? What causes it? When is it justifiable? Is violence inevitable, or can violence be reduced, and even eliminated? By studying violence, we will examine some of the greatest challenges and issues in international politics today: war and terrorism, inequality, religious and secular justifications for violence, migration, sexual violence and new technologies. Through the lens of International Relations scholarship, you will research, engage with, and critique different ways of conceptualising both the root causes of violence and the possibilities for change.

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