Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3214: Disrupting Western Hegemony: Insurgency and Counterinsurgency Post-WWII

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

Module Aims

This module will provide you with:

  • A comprehensive understanding of the conceptual issues associated with the definition and study of insurgency and counterinsurgency.
  • An awareness of the competing theories and practices of counterinsurgency.
  • A critical understanding of the kinds of strategic, operational and ethical effects produced by counterinsurgency campaigns and practices.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the nature of counterinsurgency and its enduring as well as evolving features;
2. demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the developing characteristics of the Western way of counterinsurgency warfare and its effect on those challenging Western and Neo-Liberal hegemony;
3. demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the growing asymmetric challenges confronted by Western states and the way that these have reacted to such challenges from the strategic, operational, and ethical perspectives.
Discipline-Specific Skills4. display a critical understanding of the nature of counterinsurgency operations, and their role in past and contemporary conflicts;
5. exercise informed judgement about change and continuity of counterinsurgency campaigns.
Personal and Key Skills6. study independently and manage time and assessment deadlines effectively;
7. communicate effectively in speech and writing;
8. demonstrate critical and analytical skills through tutorial discussions and module assessments;
9. demonstrate proficiency in the use of the internet, online journal databases and other IT resources for the purposes of tutorial and assessment preparation.