Pathway 11: Global Order, Violence & Security (GOVS)

The Global Order, Violence & Security thematic pathway incorporates expertise across King’s and Queen Mary and its training and research is concerned with theorising the global order, understanding the political and structural status of violence in and outside that order, and the transformations of security discourses and practices underpinning it. Using interdisciplinary theoretical and methodological resources drawn from International Relations (IR), War Studies, State Crime scholarship and International Law, the training combines conventional and critical perspectives on the post-Westphalian international order, its governance and subversion through the rise of various state and non-state forms of violent conflict. There is a particular focus on: the changing processes, structures and institutions of governance; the political, economic and sociological parameters of political violence and the resistance to it posed by subversive discourses, actors and practices; the transformations of security practices; and the ethics and justice of global order.

The four sub-pathways constituting this thematic pathway are:

A. Theorising Global Order: focuses on the development and application of international political and legal theory to explaining and assessing the shifting character of the global order across a variety of domains. These include: conceptual, normative and explanatory debates in macro-level theories of International Relations and the history of international political thought.

King’s College London

MA International Relations

MA International Conflict Studies

Queen Mary University of London

MRes International Relations

B. International Law & War Crimes: focuses on the conceptual, theoretical and methodological understanding of the role of law in international relations and the capacity of legal instruments to regulate war, organised violence and conflict.

King’s College London

MA International Peace & Security

MA Global Ethics & Human Values

MA International Relations

Queen Mary University of London

MRes Public International Law

MRes Human Rights Law

MRes Criminal Justice

C. Violence & Global Order: provides interdisciplinary conceptual, theoretical and methodological training in understanding the causes and dynamics of political violence, and the relationship between violence (state and non-state), politics, and law.

King’s College London

MA International Relations 

MA International Conflict Studies

MA Conflict, Security & Development

Queen Mary University of London

MRes International Relations

MRes Public International Law

MRes Human Rights Law

MRes Criminal Justice

D. International Political Sociology of Security: provides interdisciplinary training in socio-political and institutional practices of securitisation across different domains and their social, political, and legal implications.

King’s College London

MA International Conflict Studies

MA International Relations