Military Strategy

King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Military Strategy

  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Intelligence Studies, International Affairs

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Module description: This module provides an overview of military strategy from the eighteenth century to the present day. It achieves this with the help of a theoretical framework, around which both historical knowledge and contemporary events can be organized and interpreted. For the purposes of this module, strategy is defined as ?the instrumental link between military means and political ends?. This definition is used to draw attention to the fact that the character of strategy is shaped by the political goals for which war is conducted as well as by the military means available to the belligerents. It follows from this that, throughout this module, we shall be looking at what political leaders have hoped to achieve by going to war in addition to examining the military means available to them.
    Credit level: 5
    Credit value: 15
    Teaching pattern: The module will be taught via weekly 1-hour lectures, followed by a half-hour Q&A session, and by fortnightly seminars.
    Assessment: written examination/s; coursework;
    The aims of this module are to:
    provide students with a coherent overview of strategic theory and practice from the eighteenth century to the present day;
    provide students with a theoretical framework around which historical knowledge and contemporary events can be organized and interpreted;
    foster amongst students the capacity for analysis, judgement and communication at a level commensurate with undergraduate study.
    Upon successfully completing this module, students will have:
    understood the important role that strategy plays at the interface between the political and military spheres of activity;
    identified major continuities and discontinuities in the theory and practice of strategy since the eighteenth century;
    understood the role of political and technical factors in shaping the character of strategic theory and practice;
    practised a range of intellectual, practical and transferable skills, through participation in classes and through the preparation and submission of course work.

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