Political Violence

Course NamePolitical Violence
Course CodePOS392
DescriptionThis course offers Bachelors students an opportunity to engage with different theories and perspectives on political violence. The course is heavily based on political science literature, much of which is analytical ranging from statistical inference to game theoretic modeling. We will assess the conditions under which violence may get used to fulfill political goals. The course is broad in its context as political violence will be analyzed cross- nationally and cross-historically. Specific violent outcomes will be assessed including terrorism, civil war, political assassinations, religious conflict, ethnic conflict, regime transition/revolution, state repression, massacres, politicides and genocide.
Learning OutcomesUpon completion of this course, students will be able to:
– Engage with theoretical debates surrounding political violence;
– Understand different approaches political scientists have adopted to study the question of political violence;
– Apply research and analytical skills through investigating empirical manifestations of political violence;
– Differentiate between widely discussed variables and causes of political violence.
SchoolSchool of International Relations and Diplomacy (IRD)
Number of credits (US / ECTS)3 US / 6 ECTS