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PAIR6039 Foreign Aid and International Security

Module Overview

This module provides a masters level introduction to the way foreign aid is used to promote international security. The end of the Cold War and the rise of transnational terrorism have led governments to use aid as a particular tool of statecraft. Specifically, they have sought to build strong democratic states in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific in a belief that fostering good governance will lead to economic development and help create a stable world order. This course will consider this recent trend, situate it historically and in relevant theory, both from development studies and comparative political science, and investigate whether its outcomes have been achieved. In addition to the key academic literatures, the course will draw heavily on real world examples, including in-depth country case studies and governance-orientated development projects.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the way aid is used to further foreign policy goals with specific reference to processes of state building, democratization and developmental leadership
  • Use oral communication skills to present their work to the group
  • Critically engage with a variety of sources, including academic and policy documents
  • Apply independent research skills relevant to both academic literature and policy-orientated documents


1. Introduction: Why countries give aid? 2. Development, the state and good governance 3. The security-development nexus 4. Weak, fragile and failed states 5. State building 6. Democratization and the Democratic Peace 7. Democracy Promotion 8. Developmental Leadership 9. Foreign Aid and International Security in Practice 10. Foreign Aid and International Security in Practice cont. 11. Foreign Aid and International Security in Practice cont. 12. Conclusion: do all good things come together?

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

• Seminars • Discussion • In-class presentations • Analysis of text

Independent Study176
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

All readings will be available from the library or the course blackboard site.. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Policy brief  (5000 words) 85%
Presentation 15%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  ( words) 50%
Policy brief  ( words) 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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