|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||Seminar Participation||10%|
|Semester Assessment||1 x 2,500 word essay||40%|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours Exam||50%|
1. Understand key concepts related to the study of war and politics, security and strategy.
2. Understand the ongoing debates about the causes of war and production of peace.
3. Distinguish between several levels of analysis when studying war and politics.
4. Discuss and analyse competing theories about conflict prevention in international politics.
5. Read and evaluate academic literature related to the module subject.
This module provides an analytical foundation to the critical study of war, politics and strategy.
The study of the inter-relationships between war, politics and strategy has been at the heart of academic international relations. Both the subject-matter and the approaches adopted, however, have attracted considerable controversy. By introducing students to a wide variety of intellectual traditions and contemporary ideas about the subject, it is the aim of this module to provide students with a comprehensive basis (concepts, theories and some, especially intellectual, history) for understanding and explaining the most salient issues of war, politics and strategy in the contemporary world.
By the end of the module students should be able to discuss a range of key concepts, theoretical explanations and historical events/trends insofar as they relate to important questions about war, peace, politics, security, force, military power and strategy. The understanding of this material is the basis for examining pressing questions of international security in the world today.
The objectives of the module are both subject-specific and general. The latter include the development of oral, written and research skills because of the need at all stages in the module to assimilate, use, assess and communicate large amounts of complex and often contradictory material. Week-by-week reading of assigned materials is deemed a necessary component of the learning process.
The subject-specific objectives involve the attainment of an honours-level ability to discuss the causes and significance of war, the meanings and practices of peace, the understandings and possibilities of security, the theory and practice of strategy and the roles of politics in war and war in politics.
(1) the causes of war;
(2) the changing character of warfare;
(3) legal and moral restraints on war;
10 ECTS credits
Reading ListShould Be Purchased
Von Clausewitz, Carl (1832) On War Various translations & editions in print. Recommended editions: Everyman's Library, 1993 or Princeton University Press, 1989 Primo search Waltz, Kenneth Neal. (1959.) Man, the state and war :a theoretical analysis. Any reprint is good. Columbia U.P.; Primo search War, Politics and Strategy study pack. (to be purchased from InterPol office) Primo search
This module is at CQFW Level 6