War and Peace


This module will focus on the main debates and controversies surrounding issues of war, security and peace-making in the post-Cold War period. This module draws on a range of methodological approaches and sources, including: political and international studies; international political theory; peace and conflict studies; (critical) security studies and development studies, placing a strong emphasis on critical approaches. It will draw frequently on examples and case studies, such as the ‘new wars’, changing patterns of warfare in contexts from Bosnia to Rwanda to Iraq to Libya.

Convenor: James Rogers

30 credit module

Assessment method:
A 500 word formative essay due in week 8 of the Autumn Term.
One essay of up to 2000 words counting for 40% of the module mark, due in the Winter assessment period (Monday week 1, Spring Term).
One two hour closed examination counting for 60% of the module mark, taken in the Summer assessment period (Weeks 5-7).

Module Aims

  • To examine contemporary issues of war, security and peace-making after the Cold War
  • To explore these phenomena using a variety of perspectives, theoretical lenses and empirical examples

Module Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Examine issues of contemporary war, security and peace-making through a critical lens and from a range of perspectives.#
  • Distinguish and critically assess changing patterns of war and peace-making, or the way in which these issues are understood.
  • Employ skills in collecting and analysing information from a variety of sources in completing their coursework.

Key Texts

Ramsbotham, Oliver, Tom Woodhouse and Hugh Miall, 2011. Contemporary Conflict Resolution: Third Edition. Cambridge: Polity Press

Mary Kaldor (1999). New and Old Wars: Organized Violence in a Global Era (Cambridge: Polity Press).

Richmond, Oliver P. and Audra Mitchell, 2011. Hybrid Forms of Peace: From Everyday Agency to Post-liberalism. Basingstoke: Palgrave.


James Rogers
email: james.rogers@york.ac.uk