|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Lecture||16 Hours. (16 x 1 hour)|
|Seminars / Tutorials||8 Hours. (8 x 1 hour)|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Essay: 1 x 3,000 words||50%|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours||50%|
|Supplementary Exam||Students may, subject to Faculty approval, have the opportunity to resit this module, normally during the supplementary examination period. For further clarification please contact the Teaching Programme Administrator in the Department of International Politics.|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
On completion of the module, students will be able to:
- understand competing definitions of humanitarian intervention
- critically analyse conflicting views on the ethics of using force to end human rights emergencies
- knowledge of the legal context
- an ability to relate conceptual issues to specific empirical cases
- an understanding of the political context of contemporary debates over sovereignty and intervention.
- an ability to relate the conceptual ideas discussed on the module to specific case studies.
This module provides an analytical foundation for the study of humanitarian intervention in world politics. It develops a theoretical framework which is then applied to specific case studies.
1. Definitions of humanitarian intervention
2. Realist objections to humanitarian intervention (1)
3. Realist objections to humanitarian intervention (2)
4. Pluralism and humanitarian intervention
5. Solidarism and humanitarian intervention
6. International law and humanitarian intervention
7. Safe havens and 'no-fly' zones in northern and southern Iraq (1)
8. Safe havens and 'no-fly' zones in northern and southern Iraq (2)
9. UNITAF and famine relief in Somalia
10. UNOSOM II: From famine relief to humanitarian war in Somalia
11. The failure to prevent genocide in Rwanda
12. The failure to stop genocide in Rwanda
13. NATO's intervention in Kosovo and the jus ad bellum
14. 'Operation Allied Force' and the jus in bello
15. The International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty
16. The Responsibility to Protect after Iraq
17. The Contradictions of 'Humanitarian War'
Seminar 1: How persuasive are the principal realist objections to a doctrine of humanitarian intervention?
Seminar 2: How far does humanitarian intervention expose the conflict between order and justice at its starkest?
Seminar 3: Is Humanitarian Intervention a Just War?
Seminar 4: A Model Humanitarian Intervention? Assess this verdict on Western Intervention in Northern and Southern Iraq after the 1991 Gulf War
Seminar 5: Was the Goal of Rebuilding the 'Failed State' of Somalia a Hopeless One?
Seminar 6: Could the Rwandan Genocide have been Prevented?
Seminar 7: Was NATO's intervention in Kosovo a legitimate humanitarian intervention?
Seminar 8: How far was the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 justifiable on humanitarian grounds
10 ECTS credits
Reading ListRecommended Text
N J Wheeler Saving Strangers: Humanitarian Intervention in International Society 2002 Oxford University Press Primo search
This module is at CQFW Level 6