Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3214: Disrupting Western Hegemony: Insurgency and Counterinsurgency Post-WWII

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Definitions of irregular warfare, insurgency and terrorism;
  • Classic theories of insurgency/guerrilla war;
  • Classic theories of counterinsurgency;
  • Changing Nature of insurgent and counter-insurgent warfare;
  • Asian Case Studies: Malaya and Vietnam;
  • Middle East Case Study 1: Algeria;
  • Middle East Case Study 2: Israel and the Palestinians;
  • Middle East Case Study 3: Israel/Lebanon;
  • The ideology of Al-Qaeda and its off-shoots: a global jihadist insurgency?
  • Post-9/11 Case Study: Iraq;
  • Post-9/11 Case Study: Afghanistan. 

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity2211 x 2-hour seminars
Guided Independent Study44Private study – reading and preparing for seminars
Guided Independent Study84Preparation for assessments – including researching and collating relevant sources; planning the structure and argument; writing up the essay and presentation brief; preparing and rehearsing presentation.

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

  • Complex Terrain Laboratory: http://www.terraplexic.org/
  • Stockholm International Peace Research Institute: http://www.sipri.org/
  • Combating Terrorism Centre (Westpoint): http://ctc.usma.edu/sentinel/
  • UK Defence Academy: http://www.da.mod.uk/podcasts
  • ‘MERLIN’ US National Defence University: http://merln.ndu.edu/
  • US Institute of Peace: http://www.usip.org/
  • Institute for War and Peace Reporting: http://www.iwpr.org
  • US Army War College: http://www.carlisle.army.mil/
  • International Studies Association web resources: http://www.isanet.org/links/
  • US Naval Postgraduate School: http://www.nps.edu/
  • RAND Corps: http://www.rand.org/
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies: http://csis.org/
  • Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies: http://www.rusi.org
  • Chatham House (Royal Institute for International Affairs): http://www.chathamhouse.org.uk
  • International Institute for Strategic Studies: http://www.iiss.org
  • Brookings Institute: http://www.brookings.edu/
  • Bitter Lemons: http://www.bitterlemons.org/
  • Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies: http://www.ciss.ca/
  • Centre for Defence Information: http://www.cdi.org/
  • CIA Factbook: http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/
  • Human Rights Watch http://www.hrw.org/
  • International Crisis Group: http://www.icg.org/home/index.cfm
  • Rand Corporation: http://www.rand.org/

Other Learning Resources

Other materials and resources will be identified by the module convener in lectures and via ELE and by tutors in tutorials.