Introduction to War Studies

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to War Studies

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    History, Peace and Conflict

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    The module will provide an introduction to the study of war, including alternative theories as to the causes of war, traditional and contemporary strategic theories and military doctrine, and an examination of the impact of economic, political, and societal factors on war. In addition to this, a number of wars, campaigns and battles will be examined in detail in order to understand the key factors in the development of the theory and practice of war.

    Learning Outcomes:

    On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
    - Critically analyse the impact of economic, political and societal factors on war
    - Identify key aspects of specific wars, campaigns and battles to illustrate developments in the theory and practice of war
    - Contribute comprehensively to a problem orientated discussion independently and in group work
    - Demonstrate independent judgement based on historical evidence

    Teaching & Learning Methods:
    - Lectures: 36 hours

    - Continuous Assessment: 33%
    - University scheduled written examination: 67%
    - Continuous Assessment detail(s): One-hour in-class test OR continuous assessment assignment(s) (33%)

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