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PO390 - Violence and Reconciliation in Eastern Africa

  • Module code: PO390
  • Module name: Violence and Reconciliation in Eastern Africa
  • Department: Politics and International Studies
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module aims to offer students theoretical, empirical and comparative perspectives on the causes of conflict and the impact of various transitional justice and reconciliation efforts in eastern Africa.

Principal learning outcomes

The learning objectives of the module are to: *Understand and apply different theories of mass violence (including social, cultural, materialist and instrumental approaches) to different empirical case studies *Consider and explain motivations of violence, the relevance of political systems and political instrumentalism, and the significance of international dimensions (including intervention) in different contexts *Critically assess different reconciliation efforts and analyse their contribution to current and future peace and stability *Compare the causes of violence and the strengths and weaknesses of different reconciliation efforts in different contexts *Use a range of sources, including secondary literature, newspaper articles, and government and non-government reports

Timetabled teaching activities

The module will be taught in weekly 2-hour sessions across terms one and two. Each session will entail a short lecture followed by extended, structured student interaction, which will include student presentations.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: PO390-30)
A (Assessed work only) 1st 3000 word essay 50%
  2nd 3000 word essay 50%
B (Examination only) 3 hour examination (Summer) 100%
C (Assessed/examined work) 3000 word essay 50%
  1.5 hour examination (Summer) 50%
VA (Visiting students only) Assessed work for visiting/exchange students 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Undergraduate Politics with International Studies (M160) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Politics with International Studies (with Intercalated Year) (M161) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Politics with French (M1RC) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate History and Politics (VM11) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate History and Politics (with Year Abroad) (VM12) - Year 4