Theories of Power and Conflict

Why ‘Theories of Power and Conflict’?

Learn about how key thinkers have tried to explain how power shapes the world we live in and the relevance and source of conflict through different theoretical approaches.

From political theories of violence to sociological theories of culture, from theorising caste and race to definitions of disability, this sub-theme prompts you to think critically about the terms we use, the assumptions we base our analysis on, and the ways in which the world could be different. Modules range from in-depth explorations of historical thinkers and their legacies today, to those that apply theories to case studies, providing you with the opportunity to see how theory helps us to understand the world around us, and how the reality of the world informs the development of theory. 

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The new discovery module PIED 1551 Power and Conflict – An Introduction teaches you to analyse the different ways in which power and conflict functions in all levels of society. The module draws on historical documents, videos, discussion boards, news clips and music.

Each two-week section deals with one of the sub-themes of the Power and Conflict Discovery Theme with material provided by specialist contributors in history, sociology, performance, geography, media, politics and cultural studies, and illustrated through historical and thought provoking case studies. 

In relation to Theories of Power and Conflict, you will explore some key theories used to analyse power and conflict, and several case studies will be explored to help make sense of the theories we examine.

If you’re attracted to this sub-theme, you might also like to explore the discovery modules in Media, Culture and Creativity’

Theories of Power and Conflict modules

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