Module Information

Module Identifier
IP20320
Module Title
War, Politics and Strategy
Academic Year
2017/2018
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 1
External Examiners
  • Dr Catriona L Pennell (Senior Lecturer - University of Exeter)
 
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 14 x 1 Hour Lectures
Viewing 4 x 2 Hour Viewings
Seminar 10 x 1 Hour Seminars
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x 2,000 Word Book Review  40%
Semester Assessment 1 x 2,500 Word Essay  50%
Semester Assessment Seminar Participation  10%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 2,000 Word Book Review  40%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 2,500 Word Essay  50%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 500 Word Review in lieu of seminar participation  10%

Brief description

The module explores key theoretical arguments about the relationship between war, politics and strategy.

Content

The module will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops. Themes and questions covered during these sessions include:

• What is war and how should we study war in international politics?
• The balance of power
• Cooperation under anarchy; Collective security
• Security communities; World government
• The obsolescence of war; Democratic peace
• Militarism; The military-industrial complex
• Defense expertise vs. democratic politics
• Culture and strategy
• Crises: between war and peace
• Peacemaking; Peacekeeping

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Students will learn to present their ideas verbally and in writing and how to present their arguments most effectively individually or as a group. They will learn the importance of information and clear communication and how to use these effectively. They will know how to use the many sources of information available and how to use the most appropriate form of communication to best advantage. They will learn to be clear in writing and speaking and to be direct about aims and objectives. They will learn to consider only that which is relevant to the topic, focus and objectives of their argument or discussion. This module will particularly test aural and oral communication skills as it involves assessed seminar performance. Students will also be required to submit their written assignments in word-processed format and the presentation of work should reflect effective expression of ideas and good use of language skills in order to ensure clarity, coherence and effective communication.
Improving own Learning and Performance The module aims to promote self-management. Students will be expected to improve their own learning and performance by undertaking their own research and exercising their own initiative, including searching for sources and deciding the direction of their coursework and presentation topics. The need to prepare for assessed seminar participation and to meet coursework deadlines will focus students’ attention on the need to manage their time.
Information Technology Students will be expected to submit their work in word-processed format and to use online sources appropriately when conducting research.
Personal Development and Career planning This module is intended to advance and test skills of use to students in their working lives, particularly in speaking to small groups, listening, thinking and responding to the statements of others. Moreover, the written work includes writing clearly and concisely, which is a common task in the workplace. Students will be encouraged throughout to reflect on their performance and to consider lessons for future application.
Problem solving Independent project work and problem solving will be one central goal of the module; the submission of two written assignments and preparation for seminar discussions will require that students develop independent research skills as well as problem solving skills. The ability of students to solve problems will be developed and assessed by asking them to: adopt differing points of view; organize data and estimate an answer to the problem; consider extreme cases; reason logically; construct theoretical models; consider similar and dissimilar cases; look for patterns; divide issues into smaller problems
Research skills Students will be required to undertake independent research when working on their essays. This will involve utilizing mostly academic texts. Students will in part be assessed on their ability to gather appropriate and interesting resources materials.
Subject Specific Skills The module will provide students with the opportunity to develop, practice and test a wide range of subject specific skills that will help them to understand, analyze and evaluate examples and ideas about war, politics and strategy. These subject specific skills include: • Collection and understanding of a wide range of data relating to the module • Evaluation of competing perspectives • Demonstration of subject specific research techniques • Application of a range of methodologies to various historical and contemporary cases.
Team work Students will engage in group activities during the seminars. For some of the topics on this module, seminars will consist of small-group discussions where students will be asked to discuss as a group.

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 5