Strategy in the Modern World

Module code: PL7591

Module co-ordinator: Dr Andrew Futter

Module Outline

This module provides students with a comprehensive introduction to debates about the threat, use and management of military force in international relations. It explores core concepts such as the legality of the use of force; deterrence, coercive diplomacy; intelligence; weapons of mass destruction; the changing nature of warfare; and strategic culture. Whilst focusing on the key dynamics of strategy and warfare in the contemporary world, the module also locates these key technological, social and political dynamics within the broader perspectives of warfare and strategic thinking throughout history.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Teaching will be delivered through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) – Blackboard – which allows for a range of innovative and engaging teaching techniques to be used, such as online presentation, podcasts, interactive message boards and Wikis, as well as one-to-one contact through conventional channels. 


  • Journal article analysis (20%)
  • Essay (80%)