Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM088: State-building after Civil War

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Elena Gadjanova (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


After civil wars, there are no easy choices. How can opposing groups commit to the post-conflict order? How can transitional justice be achieved while reconstruction remains sustainable? Which institutions can better guarantee long-term stability? These are some of the most difficult questions and harrowing dilemmas academics and policy practitioners will ever face. This module will provide a systematic, thorough, and nuanced introduction to the challenges to restoring and maintaining peace, and to effective state-building after civil war. You will learn about the main theories explaining why and how intractable intra-state conflicts emerge, understand the nature of debates on the sequencing of reforms after conflict, and evaluate the pros and cons of different institutional arrangements for divided societies. The module will equip you with the analytical toolkit, conceptual knowledge, and case study background to undertake leading roles in policy-making, think-tanks or NGOs working in the field of post-conflict reconstruction, or pursue further academic research on the topic.

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