What is War (L2072S)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

How does war shape our society and how specific social and political orders affect what is war?

In this module, you will gain an advanced understanding of war as a social phenomenon. We will scrutinise what war is and how, if at all, it is different from other forms of violence. Then, we will explore the connections between war and the fields of law, gender, technology, culture, and media. You will then use this knowledge to investigate specific case studies to gain in-depth insight into the multifaceted nature of war.

The module also focuses on the development of transferrable skills, from research and analysis to presentation, which will help you think, talk, and write in an informed and critical manner.


100%: Seminar


30%: Coursework (Group presentation, Presentation)
70%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 36 hours of contact time and about 264 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: