International relations

War in International Politics

Module code: L2138
Level 5
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Workshop, Practical
Assessment modes: Essay, Coursework

This course introduces you to the central role played by war in international politics.

What is war? And what is the relationship between war and state-formation in the modern period? What is the constitutive function of war in the international system more broadly?

After addressing these fundamental questions, the second part of the course examines how war is shaped by other major structures of international relations, including political economy, law, ethics and gender. Against this background, the third and final part of the course examines a variety of different forms of warfare, including conventional war, guerrilla war and insurgency, counterinsurgency, civil war, and genocide as a form of warfare. 

Module learning outcomes

  • Develop a critical understanding of how war has been conceptualised over time.
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of various theories of war to contemporary and historical challenges in international relations.
  • Analyse and evaluate various approaches to the study of war as described by various thinkers.