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Postgraduate Course: The Contemporary Theory of War (online) (PGHC11526)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryWar is the most demanding of all human endeavours. Devising strategies and waging war has preoccupied leaders, states, and intellectuals since antiquity. This course examines major developments in the history of strategic thought and the refinement of military doctrine in the process of analysing how war is theorised in the contemporary world.
Course description This course examines the way in which war is conceptualised in the contemporary world, principally in the United States and Great Britain but elsewhere as well. It analyses important thinkers from the history of strategic thought in order to probe the diverse ways in which strategy has been theorised. The course then considers how different elements, and dimensions, of warfare have been studied and conducted. In assessing the nature and practice of war, students will sharpen their grasp of conceptual frameworks and the relationship between theory and evidence.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate competence in core skills in the study of History: essay-writing, independent reading, and group discussion in various online forms;
  2. show detailed knowledge of themes related to the contemporary theory of war;
  3. plan and execute a substantial written analysis of concepts related to the contemporary theory of war;
  4. evaluate and apply recent critical debates in the study of strategy, politics, and war;
  5. demonstrate the ability to reflect critically on a variety of critical and methodological approaches to the way in which war is conceptualised and discussed.
Reading List
1. Thucydides, Peloponnesian War.
2. N. Machiavelli, The Princeand The Art of War.
3. Sun Tzu, The Art of War.
4. C. Clausewitz, On War.
5. C. Gray,Modern Strategy (1999).
6. E. Luttwak, Strategy (2001).
7. S. Biddle, Military Power (2004).
8. J. House, Combined Arms Warfare in the Twentieth Century (2001).
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Skills in research and analysis
Oral communication skills, through live seminar participation
Written communication skills, through the writing of a 4,000-word essay and weekly discussion forum posts
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Robert Crowcroft
Tel: (0131 6)50 3764
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