Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2076: Rising Powers, Peace and Conflict

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

1. The ‘liberal peace’ and its discontents: an examination of the main normative and institutional elements in the dominant international framework for addressing armed conflict; the changing global order and its impact on the existing international system of security and conflict management.

2. Country-specific approaches to international security, conflict management and development: the responses of major non-Western powers, such as Brazil, Russia, India and China, towards armed conflict.

3. Global institutions, norms and regimes: how shifts in the international system are impacting on global responses to conflict in the UN and other international institutions.

Contemporary case-studies will be examined in detail throughout the course to illustrate particular areas of international contestation/cooperation. 

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities16.511 x 1.5 hour lectures
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities1010 x 1 hour seminar
Guided Independent Study20Preparing for seminars: reading and research
Guided Independent Study103.5Completing assessment tasks: reading, research and writing

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

ELE – http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/