The Transformation of Modern Warfare

Module code: PL7532

Module co-ordinator: Dr Tara McCormack

Module Aims

By the end of this module students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical engagement with a number of contemporary arguments about the transformation of war and conflict in the developing world and the developed world.
  • Demonstrate a critical engagement with the 'new war' debate.
  • Demonstrate a critical engagement with 'traditional' approaches to the causes of war and conditions of peace in international relations.
  • Demonstrate a critical engagement with important new arguments about the causes of war in the developing world and in the former Yugoslavia.
  • Demonstrate a critical engagement with important new arguments about the causes and motivations behind wars that the West has waged since the end of the Cold War.
  • Identify and critically analyse key academic literature on the subject of the transformation of warfare
  • Combine theoretical analysis with empirical detail on appropriate case studies.

Teaching and Learning Methods

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, interactive message boards and Wikis, as well as one-to-one contact through conventional channels.

Assessment

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