Child Soldiers - War, Society and Humanitarianism in Africa: Context (HIH3209)

30 credits

This module analyses the changing experiences, identities and depictions of child soldiers in Africa, and shows why they fight (or are forced to fight). It highlights how child soldiers are both victims and perpetrators, and investigates their recruitment, training, combat experience, demobilization, and reintegration into society. The module will provide an inter-disciplinary analysis of the local and global contexts shaping children’s involvement in war, from changing patterns of warfare and African social structures to child rights and international law. The ‘Child Soldiers: War, Society and Humanitarianism in Africa: Sources’ module is a co-requisite. Prior knowledge of Global/African history is useful, but not a requirement for the module.