War and Security in World Politics

Queen Mary, University of London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    War and Security in World Politics

  • Host University

    Queen Mary, University of London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Global Security and Intelligence Studies, International Relations, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

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

    Credits: 15.0
    Overlap: None
    Prerequisite: "POL100 POL106"
    The module examines the study of war and security in world politics, examining the modern roots of the study of these phenomenon to the development of the field today. The first part of the module examines war and security in the broad context of international relations. The theoretical roots of studying security and war are introduced, examining key thinkers and perspectives on the politics of organized violence. We then examine a variety of perspectives on the causes of war, from those originating in the character of international relations, to the politics of particular states, to ideas about the changing nature of technology. In Part II, the module offers an advanced understanding of the place of war in world politics and society. We will ask what war is and then investigate its relation to the fields of ethics, law, society and gender. We will look at the question of combat motivation (why solders fight) and specific forms of warfare such as genocide, insurgency and guerrilla warfare, and counter-insurgency. We will conclude by addressing anti-war activism and related forms of civil disobedience and strategic non-violence as alternatives to war. Associate student registration: Autumn Semester POL/241A; Spring Semester POL/241B.
    Assessment: 40.0% Coursework, 60.0% Examination
    Level: 5

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