War in International Politics (L2138)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

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. 

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 20 hours of contact time and about 130 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, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional.


This module is offered on the following courses: