War in International Politics (L2138)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

War is a violent expression of international politics causing thousands of deaths each year. It is, therefore, integral that we study war to make it more humane and less common.

In the discipline of International Relations, there are different perspectives on how and why war occurs. This module takes you through different perspectives on different conflicts, from interstate war to civil war to insurgencies and beyond. We also consider some developments in warfare – for example the introduction of drones or the violent potential of cyberattacks – and how these affect war.


100%: Practical (Workshop)


30%: Coursework (Essay, Test)
70%: Written assessment (Essay)

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.

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 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: