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PO9D1 - The Changing Nature of War

  • Module code: PO9D1
  • Module name: The Changing Nature of War
  • Department: Politics and International Studies
  • Credit: 20

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The aim of this module is to provide students with a critical introduction to debates about the changing nature of war in the contemporary age. In doing so the module reflects on social, economic, politico/normative and technological pressures that are often understood as fundamentally impacting on the nature of contemporary conflict. Although operating as a stand-alone module it closely complements the more theoretically oriented core module for the MA programme in International Security.

Principal learning outcomes

The objective of the module is to promote critical analysis of claims made about the changing nature of war and conflict in the contemporary age. The module will do this by encouraging students to critically reflect on the extent to which claims about transformation can be upheld and the extent to which such claims (and the transformations they ostensibly identify) raise important political and ethical questions about both the nature and quest for security. Students will learn to comprehend and work with the technical concepts and language of security studies, as well as to critically interrogate those concepts and the claims frequently made about contemporary war and conflict. This learning will be displayed through analytical essay writing and the presentation of arguments in seminar discussions.

Timetabled teaching activities

9 x 2 hours seminars

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
20 CATS (Module code: PO9D1-20)
A (Assessed work only) 5000 word Research Essay 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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