Co-Operation and Conflict

The details
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
08 June 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA L900 International Development,
BA L901 International Development (Including Year Abroad),
BA L902 International Development (Including Placement Year),
BA L250 International Relations (Including Foundation Year),
BA L258 International Relations,
BA L259 International Relations (Including Year Abroad),
BA L260 International Relations (Including Placement Year),
MPOLL268 International Relations,
MPOLL269 International Relations (Including Placement Year),
MPOLL370 International Relations (Including Year Abroad),
BA LR59 International Relations and Modern Languages (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA LRF9 International Relations and Modern Languages,
BA VL12 Modern History and International Relations,
BA VL14 Modern History and International Relations (Including Placement Year),
BA VL18 Modern History and International Relations (Including Foundation Year),
BA VL1F Modern History and International Relations (Including Year Abroad),
BA L2CH Social Sciences,
BA LFCH Social Sciences,
BA L225 Politics and International Relations,
BA L226 Politics and International Relations (Including Year Abroad),
BA L227 Politics and International Relations (Including Placement Year),
BSC L222 Politics and International Relations,
BSC L223 Politics and International Relations (Including Year Abroad),
BSC L224 Politics and International Relations (Including Placement Year),
MPOLL234 Politics and International Relations,
MPOLL235 Politics and International Relations (Including Placement Year),
MPOLL236 Politics and International Relations (Including Year Abroad),
BA L910 Global Studies with Politics,
BA L911 Global Studies with Politics (Including year abroad),
BA L912 Global Studies with Politics (Including Placement Year),
BA L913 Global Studies with Politics (Including Foundation Year),
BA R110 International Relations and Language Studies,
BA R111 International Relations and Language Studies (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

This module focuses on basic problems of conflict and cooperation in international relations. It introduces students to analytical thinking about conflict and cooperation, and its application to a number of substantive topics in current world affairs.

Module aims

The module aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to analyze substantive topics regarding conflict and cooperation in current world affairs

Module learning outcomes

After successfully completing the module, students will have met the following outcomes:
- Understanding of key concepts using in analyzing topics in world affairs;
- Application of strategic models, including basic game theoretic models, to topics in world affairs;
- Application of conflict analytical models.

Module information


Frieden, Jeffry A., David A. Lake and Kenneth A. Schultz. World Politics: Interests, Interactions, Institutions. New York & London: Norton. 4th Edition. (below FLS)

Chapters from this textbook are highly recommended reading. Additional materials (listed below) are available electronically on Moodle.

Learning and teaching methods

1 weekly pre-recorded lecture, 1 weekly interactive lecture


  • Gizelis, Theodora-Ismene; Karim, Sabrina; Østby, Gudrun; Urdal, Henrik. (2017-10) 'Maternal Health Care in the Time of Ebola: A Mixed-Method Exploration of the Impact of the Epidemic on Delivery Services in Monrovia', in World Development. vol. 98, pp.169-178
  • Frieden, Jeffry A.; Lake, David A.; Schultz, Kenneth A. (©2019) World politics: interests, interactions, institutions, New York: W.W. Norton and Company.
  • King, Charles. (2008) 'The Five-Day War: Managing Moscow After the Georgia Crisis', in Foreign Affairs. vol. 87 (6) , pp.2-11
  • WEEKS, JESSICA L. (2012-05) 'Strongmen and Straw Men: Authoritarian Regimes and the Initiation of International Conflict', in American Political Science Review. vol. 106 (2) , pp.326-347
  • Beaubien, Jason. (2014-02-06) Critics Say Ebola Crisis Was WHO's Big Failure. Will Reform Follow?.
  • Fearon, James D. (1995) 'Rationalist Explanations for War', in International Organization. vol. 49 (3) , pp.379-414
  • Mac Ginty, Roger; Firchow, Pamina. (2016-08) 'Top-down and bottom-up narratives of peace and conflict', in Politics. vol. 36 (3) , pp.308-323
  • Di Salvatore, Jessica; Ruggeri, Andrea. (2017-09-26) Effectiveness of Peacekeeping Operations: Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. vol. 1
  • Odiwuor, Kenneth. (2013-03-14) In Africa, Corruption Dirties the Water.
  • Nordhaus, William D. (2006) 'Paul Samuelson and Global Public Goods', in Samuelsonian economics and the twenty-first century, Oxford: Oxford University Press., pp.88-98
  • Fisher, Simon. (2000) Working with conflict: skills and strategies for action, London: Zed Books.
  • de Mesquita, Bruce Bueno; Morrow, James D.; Siverson, Randolph M.; Smith, Alastair. (1999-12) 'An Institutional Explanation of the Democratic Peace', in American Political Science Review. vol. 93 (4) , pp.791-807

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Test 1 (Moodle)    33.33% 
Coursework   Test 2 (Moodle)    33.33% 
Coursework   Test 3 (Moodle)    33.34% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Reed Wood, email: reed.wood@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Reed Wood
Dr Reed Wood reed.wood@essex.ac.uk Module administrator Nicola Rowley govquery@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 627 hours, 0 (0%) hours available to students:
627 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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