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CISS6006: Intervention and 'Fragile' States

This unit critically examines the notion of state fragility within the global system. It investigates the characteristics of so-called 'fragile' and 'failed' states, and the nature of international engagement with (and discourses about) these states. It explores various perspectives on state formation in both Western and post-colonial contexts, and emphasises the ways in which knowledge is produced about non-Western states. The unit expands upon the theoretical literature with evidence from case studies in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia.

Code CISS6006
Academic unit Government and International Relations
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. explore the relationship between the theory and practice of state-building and fragile states
  • LO2. research and select and critically analyse relevant sources as evidence that goes beyond required readings
  • LO3. apply non-Western conceptions of development, security, and institutions to dominant discourses
  • LO4. demonstrate preparation for, and performance in, the scenario-based learning exercise in Week 12
  • LO5. avoid plagiarism and other forms of misconduct.