United Kingdom, London

Development and Conflict

when 4 July 2016 - 22 July 2016
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 ECTS
fee GBP 1450

This course looks at trends in violent conflict in the late 20th and early 21st centuries and asks whether there have been significant changes in the type of violent conflicts. It also explores ways in which development processes and policies themselves impact upon, and often generate violent conflicts.

The beginning of the 21st century has witnessed a continuation and sometimes escalation of some of the world’s most violent conflicts with multiple and protracted challenges on how to resolve these conflicts in the Africa, the Middle east and some other parts of the developing world. Neoliberal globalisation has increased inequality within and between nations, aggravating tensions and causing new outbreaks of violence and armed conflict. Countries such as Afghanistan, Ukraine, Iraq, Somalia, Syria and Nigeria are examples of places where multiple political and economic interests clash, with devastating consequences for millions of people.

In the last five years, especially since the beginning of the ‘Arab Spring’ in 2011, countries such Libya, Syria, Iraq and Yemen, have not only emerge as epicentres of violence, but also as breeding grounds for Islamic fundamentalists such ISIS and Al-Nusra front. These conflicts have led to refugee and humanitarian crises across the Middle East and Europe, leading to one of the worst refugee crisis in Europe since the end of World War II. In the past two decades, foreign interventions have increased significantly on the grounds of protecting civilians. This raises new questions about notions of humanitarianism, human rights, peace-building and their implications for democracy, poverty reduction and development.

Course leader

Idrissa Mamoud Tarawallie

Target group

Current students, professionals + leisure learners

Course aim

At the end of a course, a student should be able to demonstrate:

An understanding of how wars and conflicts affect development processes and vice versa
An understanding of the major contrasting conflict and development theories and how they relate to practice

Credits info

7.5 ECTS
Students are usually able to obtain credits from their home institution and typically our courses receive 3 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system. If you intend to claim credits from your home institution, please check the requirements with them before you enrol. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can, however please be aware that the decision to award credits rests with your home institution.

Assessment will be optional and will vary for each course. Participants will be provided with a certificate of attendance and transcripts will be available on request.

Fee info

GBP 1450: Tuition
A tuition fee of £1450 will be charged per 3 week programme. This figure does not include accommodation fees.

Application fee
A one-off, non-refundable application fee of £60 will be charged to cover administration costs.

An early bird discount of 10% is available if fees are paid by 31 March 2015.
15% discount for SOAS Alumni or if you take a combination of sessions 2 and 3.
20% discount for current SOAS students and our partner institutions.
Other discounts are available for groups, please contact us for further information.

Accommodation is available at an extra fee of £700 for 20 nights. For more details of how to reserve a room please our accommodation page.


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