Why are people or states violent? What does it achieve and what are the costs? How does conflict affect development and how does development affect conflict? This course presents a range of theories and case studies to examine the linkages between conflict and development, between inequality and violence, and between the structures and interests which contribute to the continuation of violence within and between countries. It provides students with an understanding of the causes and effects of violence, and of the interaction between different types of violence and the forms of security and insecurity that they promote. The course offers a thorough analytical understanding of the processes of violent conflict and a critical perspective on the policy implications for intervention.
For more information, please see the course handbook:
Conflict and International Development online handbook (pdf; 87kb)
"I enjoyed listening to the lectures and being able learn about concepts and theories that I did not know before attending the online summer school." (Conflict and International Development, 2020)
"I loved the style of the course convenor and the way the course was structured. An incredible group, supportive atmoshphere, great resources. It totally exceeded my expectations - I absolutely loved it." (Conflict and International Development, 2019)
What will I learn?
At the end of a course, you will be able to demonstrate:
- How wars and conflicts affect development processes and vice versa
- An ability to describe and critique major theories of conflict causes and consequences
- An understanding of national, human and international security priorities and how they are pursued.
For further information on credits, entry requirements and fees, please visit our Online Learning webpage.
If you have any question, please fill out our enquiries form.
Venue: Online Learning
Start of programme: 18 July - 29 July
Mode of Attendance: Online Learning
- A university student or a graduate at the time of attending the summer school, and 18+ years of age. Professional experience can be acknowledged as equivalent to a university qualification.
- 2 weeks
Tuition Fees 2022
A full programme schedule and updated handbook are being developed and will be available soon.
Sample Reading list
- Cramer, C. (2006). Civil War is not a Stupid Thing: Accounting for Violence in Developing Countries. London, Hurs
- Duffield, M. (2007), Development, Security and Unending War: Governing the World of Peoples. Cambridge: Polity Press.
- Gutiérrez-Sanin, F. (2004), “Criminal Rebels? A Discussion of War and Criminality from the Colombian Experience ,” Politics and Society. Vol 32, No. 2 (2004): 257—85.
- Human Security Report Project (2014), Human Security Report 2013 - The Decline in Global Violence: Evidence, Explanation and Contestation, HSRP: Simon Fraser University, Canada
- Hyndman, J. and Giles, W. (2011), ‘Waiting for What? The Feminization of Refugees in Protracted Situations’ in Gender, Place and Culture.18 (3): 361-379
- Parfitt, T.(2013), ‘Modalities of Violence in Development: structural or contingent, mythic or divine?’ Third World Quarterly, 34(7), pp. 1175-1192.
- Paris, R. (2010), ‘Saving Liberal Peacebuilding’, Review of International Studies, Vol. 36, pp. 337-365.
- Scheper-Hughes, N. and Bourgeois, P.(2004), Violence in War and Peace: an anthology, Oxford: Blackwell
The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.
A one-off, non-refundable application fee of £40 will be charged to cover administration costs. Please visit the SOAS online store to make your application fee payment.
Save £200 when if apply by 30th April
10% discount if you apply for two courses over 4 weeks
20% discount for SOAS Alumni (including Academic Summer School alumni)
20% discount for our partner institutions
Other discounts are available for groups. Please contact us for more information.
How to Apply
Apply now to secure your place.
Once you have paid the £40 application fee and submitted the online application form, you will be informed as to whether you have a place on the course within 5 working days. Please do not pay your tuition fee prior to having received your offer letter.
We are accepting applications on a rolling basis. Apply now to secure your place.