RS: Conflict, Security and Development

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode LYX094M10
Vaknaam RS: Conflict, Security and Development
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II

Uitgebreide vaknaam Research Seminar: Conflict, Security and Development
Leerdoelen Upon successful completion of the research seminars, a student is at least able to:

L1. Acquire, organize and apply knowledge about various aspects of the track specialisation(s) linked to the research seminar, as well as about the role of different actors within these fields. (PLO 1.1, 1.3, 2.3, 5.1)
L2. Develop a research plan with a clearly formulated problem definition, using one or more methods and techniques suitable for the research in the specific field of the specialisation track. (PLO 2.1, 2.2)
L3. Act self-reliant and reliable in the execution of the tasks belonging to this course unit, and execute tasks in a scientifically, socially and ethically responsible manner. (PLO 3.1)
L4. Critically assess research of oneself and of others. (PLO 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 5.2)
L5. Report on research choices and progress in a clear manner, with the help of ICT skills. (PLO 4.1, 4.3, 5.5)
L6. Express oneself in a clear and coherent manner, both in oral and in written/typed form, using understandable and correct English or Dutch. (PLO 4.1, 4.2, 4.3)

The PLO numbers correspond to the programme learning outcomes in the Teaching and Examination Regulations of the Master programme.
Omschrijving This module examines the complex relations between development, violent conflict, and security both in theory and in various cases. It explores the emergence of violence and insecurity by critically examining how ‘conflict’ and ‘development’ interact. It then considers: 1) the links between conflict and so-called ‘fragile’ states; 2) the issues surrounding persistent complex emergencies; 3) the role of peacebuilding in conflict and post-conflict, and; 4) the ways in which a development 'imperative' can reproduce violence.
Some of the questions we will explore through discussions and readings include: Does conflict put a halt to development? Can development prevent conflict? What are some of the causes of complex emergencies and how do these causes implicate ‘us?’ How can aid contribute to conflict? How do ‘the local’ and ‘the international’ interact in peacebuilding operations and when does this interaction exacerbate conflict? How is climate crisis relevant to security and development? Please note that this seminar is VERY reading intensive. I expect you to read between 80-100 pages(of academic text) per week.
Uren per week 3
Onderwijsvorm werkcollege
(Seminar starts in week 2)
Toetsvorm presentatie, schriftelijke opdracht(en)
Vaksoort master
Co├Ârdinator Dr. C.M. Ryan
Docent(en) Dr. C.M. Ryan
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Journal articles are available via the library website.
Entreevoorwaarden Admission to the master IR.
Opmerkingen Students have to complete two research seminars. See for more information the ‘brochure research seminars’ available on the Online Study Guide Master IR It is not possible to register for a Research Seminar via Progress. You should submit your preferences for your Research Seminars from Monday 24 January 2022 12.00 hrs (noon) until Friday 4 February 2022 23.59 hrs (see enrolment form).

The IR department will do the utmost to place you in your preferred research seminars, but because of scheduling and overall availability of places in the research seminars we cannot guarantee you will be placed in your first choice.

After you have submitted your preferences, you will be registered in Progress for your Research Seminars before 11 February. Research Seminars start in the week of 14 February.

For this course attendance is mandatory.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Course units for exchange students 4 semester II keuze
Ma Internationale Betrekkingen  ( International Relations and International Organization) 1 semester II keuze
Ma Internationale Betrekkingen  (Geopolitics & Connectivity) 1 semester II keuze
Ma Internationale Betrekkingen  (International Security) 1 semester II keuze