Strategic Aspects of International Relations
This information is for the 2018/19 session.
Prof Christopher Coker CLM 5.09
This course is available on the BSc in International Relations, BSc in International Relations and History and BSc in Politics and International Relations. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.
Also open to students from the other University of London institutions by arrangement with the teacher.
Analyses various perspectives on strategy and war, the way war is conducted by states and within states and focuses on the way different cultures understand strategic outcomes. The attempt to humanise war; the western way of warfare; non-western ways of war, including Asian/Middle East; asymmetrical warfare; Globalisation and Security; Clausewitz and the western way of warfare; war and the risk society, war in the developing world; war and genocide, terrorism, the 'end of war' thesis. The discussion classes combine a discussion of these topics with their application by states in the international system.
10 hours of lectures and 8 hours of classes in the MT. 6 hours of lectures and 9 hours of classes in the LT.
The classes are compulsory. Students will be expected to contribute to class discussions and present papers each week. Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6 in line with departmental policy.
Students will be required to write three essays (c. 1,500 words each) in the course of the year, in MT and LT.
Daniel Pick, The War Machine; Martin van Creveld, War and Technology; Charles Gray, Post-Modern War; Martin van Creveld, On Future War; John Keegan, A History of Warfare.
Exam (100%, duration: 3 hours) in the summer exam period.
Student performance results
(2015/16 - 2017/18 combined)
|Classification||% of students|
Department: International Relations
Total students 2017/18: 65
Average class size 2017/18: 13
Capped 2017/18: No
Value: One Unit
- Problem solving