Mode of Attendance: Full-time
Session 3: 23 July - 10 August 2018
This course examines 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 is informed by a political economy approach to analysing conflict, and highlights the way in which the economic and political interests of conflict parties and their international backers may conspire to form ‘war systems,’ and how violent conflict may create great wealth for some, while causing devastation for many more.
The course is divided into three parts: First, we will explore the core concepts of conflict, development and violence and introduce several basic approaches to analysing conflict: in terms of rational choice, political economy, and more anthropological approaches that foreground the meanings and social embeddedness of violence. Second, we will explore and critically probe a range of explanations for the causes and consequences of violent conflict, focusing on explanations framed in terms of natural resources and environmental scarcity and in terms of ethnic or religious identities and the impacts in terms of displacement and humanitarian crises, and the effect of violent conflict on non-war, ‘criminal’ violence. Finally, we will consider the role of external interveners in alleviating and exacerbating conflict, focusing on the challenges of externally-led post-conflict reconstruction, the role of the global arms trade and international political and economic institutions more broadly in shaping conflicts, and how the war on terror articulates with the conflicts and approaches to analysing them that we have been studying.
Throughout, the course will draw on case studies from a wide range of on-going and recent conflicts throughout the world, and students are asked to engage critically with some of the most important strands of literature, defining academic and policy debates--about the causes and consequences of conflicts, and the role of development assistance, humanitarian intervention and post-conflict reconstruction in building peace as well as in exacerbating and perpetuating conflict. Students will critically examine the relevant literature, popular discourse and media portrayals of conflict to challenge assumptions and constructively engage with each other, reaching new understandings and strengthening analytical skills.
Joshua Rogers is a Doctoral candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant at SOAS, where he works on dynamics of state formation under conditions of conflict and external intervention and teaches and lectures on the political economy of violence, conflict and development. Joshua’s regional expertise is in the Middle East and North Africa and other research interests include protest and mobilisation and war to peace transitions. He has published on the mechanisms linking conflict and state-formation, Egypt’s statebuilding in Yemen, youth demands in Yemen’s change squares, and a range of other topics. Joshua holds a BA from Oxford University and completed his MA at the Free University in Berlin and Sciences Po Paris. He has done work for Saferworld, DfID, the OECD, and the EU Delegation to Sana’a.
Saleem Haddad received his MSc in Development Studies from SOAS in 2007. Since then, he has amassed ten years of experience working in the field of humanitarian action, development and peace building. He has worked with Médecins Sans Frontières, Saferworld, the Overseas Development Institute, and a number of UN agencies. His primary geographical expertise is in the Middle East and North Africa. Professionally, he has worked on a range of issues including transitional and peace processes, negotiating humanitarian access, refugees, conflict sensitivity, gender and sexuality, community-based approaches, security sector reform, and the securitisation of aid. Haddad is also the author of the novel Guapa, which won the Polari First Book Prize and was awarded a Stonewall Honour. In 2016, Haddad was selected as one of the top 100 Global Thinkers of the year by Foreign Policy Magazine.
A tuition fee of £1600 will be charged per 3 week programme. This figure does not include accommodation fees.
A one-off, non-refundable application fee of £40 will be charged to cover administration costs.
An early bird tuition fee discount of 10% is available until 30 March 2018.
Accommodation is available to Summer School students at the SOAS halls of residence, Dinwiddy House. For more details of how to book a room please visit the Dinwiddy House accommodation page.
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.
You will also be able to enjoy our social programme, starting with a welcome party and an optional river cruise on the Thames for a small additional charge. Details about how to book will be communicated to you once you are registered. You will also receive discount codes for day trips and overnight tours with our partner International Friends.
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