Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2116: Political Economy of Armed Conflicts

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Weeda Mehran (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Since the 1980s, there has been a rapid expansion of literature on political economy of armed conflicts, civil wars or humanitarian emergencies. Traditionally, wars were perceived to disrupt conditions under which economic laws apply, however, wars generate new licit and illicit economies that, in turn, contribute to the longevity of armed conflicts.  In this module, you will study about economic networks (international, national and local) that support and feed into armed conflicts e.g. companies benefiting from wars, warlords and war economies, economies of terrorism etc.  The module will explore a range of theories in the field and will explore the applicability of these theories in examples in the Middle East (e.g. Syria and Iraq), South Asia (Afghanistan), & Africa (Sierra Leon, Angola and DRC).  In this module, you will also learn about the challenges of transforming war economies into peace economies. 

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