Critical War Studies

Module code: PL7598

Grounded in the latest debates and advances in the field of critical war studies, this module provides a rigorous practical and theoretical overview of contemporary war.

The module covers a range of issues, debates and dilemmas relating to:

  • ethics of political violence
  • representation of war through images and popular culture
  • politics of memory and commemoration
  • the role of technology in transforming the practice and experience of contemporary warfare. 

Across the module, you will undertake a rigorous and theoretical engagement with the practice, experience, representation and cultural imaginary of war in the 21st century. 

Teaching and Learning

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


  • Essay (75%)
  • Critical analysis (15%)
  • Reflective writing/problem-solving exercise (10%)