What is War (L2072A)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

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

On this module, you’ll 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’ll 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 (Essay, Group presentation)
70%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 30 hours of contact time and about 270 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: