Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3168: War and its Aftermath: Interventions and Contemporary 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:

the character of war in the post-Cold War era, terrorism, genocide, actors in war, humanitarian intervention, aid, international criminal tribunals, truth and reconciliation commissions, and state apologies. The first half of the course will address the issues confronted during war (such as the character of fighting, whether or not to intervene, and humanitarian assistance) while the second half of the course will address measures to deal with legacies of mass atrocities in the aftermath of war. Most seminars in the second term will focus on a case study and a cross-cutting thematic issue.

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 activities44Twenty-two seminars of 2 hours each will involve small group discussion of texts and presentations.
Guided independent study200Reading and preparation for tutorials, including preparation of comment papers
Guided independent study56Research and writing of essay

Online Resources

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

International Relations:

The Brookings Institution: http://www.brook.edu/

World Policy Institute: http://www.worldpolicy.org/links/

Council on Foreign Relations: www.cfr.org 

International Crisis Group: www.crisisgroup.org



BBC Europe : http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/default.stm

CNN: https://edition.cnn.com

Financial Times: http://news.ft.com/world/europe 

The Economist: www.economist.co.uk


Media Websites:

New York Times: www.nytimes.com

The Washington Post: www.washingtonpost.com

The Independent: www.independent.co.uk

The Guardian: www.theguardian.com