Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3291: Disrupting Western and Neo-Liberal Policing of the Global and the Local

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


NQF Level 6
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 1 (11 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Sergio Catignani (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


In this module you will explore the ways in which Western states have attempted to maintain their hegemonic neo-liberal control over ‘marginalised’ groups within their own their own borders through the use of increasingly militarised police forces as well as over foreign ‘subaltern’ populations through the use of the military in order to either hold onto to their colonial possessions or, following decolonisation, to ‘modernise’, ‘stabilise’ and ‘develop’ such populations through neo-imperial practices often in the guise of counterinsurgency, nation-building, counter-terrorism and other forms of military intervention with the Global South.

Please note that this module is not about military strategy or military history, but rather about developing knowledge and understanding that challenges and disrupts from both a Critical Military Studies and Post-Colonial perspective the logics of socio-economic and racial hierarchies that enable and legitimise the use of violence against populations considered to be marginalised and/or subaltern by Western Neo-Liberal democratic governments.

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