|Module Title||INTRODUCTION TO STRATEGIC STUDIES|
|Co-ordinator||Professor Colin McInnes|
|Other staff||Dr Nicholas Wheeler, Dr Mike Williams, Tarak Barkawi|
|Course delivery||Seminars / Tutorials||5 Hours Number of Seminars/Tutorials 5 x 1 hour|
|Lecture||18 Hours Number of Lectures 18 x 1 hour|
|Assessment||Exam||2 Hours 1 x 2 hour exam.||70%|
|Essay||1 x 2,000 word essay.||30%|
This module is designed to introduce students to some of the main issues, theories and debates in Strategic Studies.
Strategic studies is concerned with the role and use of military power in international relations. Specifically the module focuses
on five main areas: the nature of war, peace and security; nuclear strategy and arms control, including the future of
nuclear weapons and the danger of proliferation; conventional war, including the 1991 Gulf War and 'cyberwar'; revolutionary-guerrilla war and terrorism; and new issues in strategy, including humanitarian intervention and peace support operations.
Aims of the module
To provide you with an introduction to the main concerns and some of the debates and theories of strategic studies.
At the end of the module you should be able to:
- discuss the role of military power in international relations, including the nature of war, peace and security;
- outline the impact of nuclear weapons on strategy and theories of nuclear deterrence and arms control;
- assess the strategies used in the 1991 Persian Gulf War and the possible impact of new 'cyber' technologies on strategy;
- discuss the theories of revolutionary-guerrilla warfare and terrorism; - and demonstrate an awareness of some of the new issues in strategic studies.
B Buzan & E Herring. The Arms Dynamic in World Politics (1998).
K Booth. New thinking About Strategy and International Secruity (1991).
L Freedman. War.
D Smith. The State of War and Peace Atlas (1997).