Module Identifier IP30320  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Nicholas Wheeler  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Lecture   17 Hours (17 x 1 hour)  
  Seminars / Tutorials   8 Hours (8 x 1 hour)  
Assessment Essay   1 x 1,500 word non-assessed    
  Exam   3 Hours   100%  


By the end of the module students should be able to discuss a range of key concepts, theoretical explanations, and historical and contemporary events and trends insofar as they relate to important questions about war, peace, security, force, military power and strategy. The understanding of this material - theoretical and empirical - is the basis for examining pressing questions of international security in the world today.

10 ECTS Credits


The aim of this module is to provide a comprehensive basis (concepts, theories, history) for understanding and explaining the most salient issues of war, politics and strategy in the contemporary world.

Brief description

The study of the inter-relationships between war, politics and strategy have been at the heart of traditional approaches to international relations. Both the subject matter and the approaches adopted have attracted considerable controversy.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
George A Lopez and Nancy J Myers (eds). Peace and Security: The Next Generation.
Seyom Brown. The Causes and Prevention of War (2nd Edition).