As well as detailed knowledge of forms of conflict and how politics and political negotiation attempt to render violent conflict unnecessary, the course provides graduates with the generic skills of critical inquiry, the ability to undertake close textual analysis and the ability to demonstrate knowledge and present coherent arguments in a number of forms. As well as specific subject knowledge, graduates will develop a wide range of transferable skills including technological proficiency as reflected in the subject and university commitment to blended learning.The foundation year of this course is designed to offer applicants who do not have the required qualifications, a programme which will equip them with a robust toolkit of academic, digital and personal skills required for successful study in higher education. It also provides an understanding of, and insight into, a range of disciplines that underpin their chosen programme of study. In the foundation year students will develop their ability to gain the most out of structured in-class study, and also to manage and evaluate their own independent learning. This wide range of transferable skills is of immense value in both undergraduate study and graduate employment. Upon successful completion of the foundation year, students will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of their subject area to degree level.