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The rationale for this joint honours degree programme based in the central London is that key elements of the War Studies curriculum can be augmented and reinforced by studying philosophy as war touches every aspect of human existence.
UCAS code LV95
Duration Three years
Study mode Full-time
Course type Joint honours
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
Department Department of Philosophy,Department of War Studies
No compulsory subjects
No preferred subjects
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General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.
Access to HE Diploma: Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.
Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 . Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA.
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers
The department may interview shortlisted candidates for the BA programme and is looking for genuinely interested individuals. A good A-level performance (AAA) is expected but no specific A-level subjects are normally required except for joint honours programmes. The department welcomes applicants with relevant life experience.
Applicants with relevant life experience may need to take an Access course to prepare them for their degree. Those applicants not already taking an Access course are strongly advised to consult the Admissions Tutor about their application.
Applicants planning a gap year should either apply for a deferred place in the preceding year or ensure that they are available for interview during February and March (the normal interview period for war studies) during their gap year.
Application deadline: January 15th 2016
35 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 666
45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit
D3 D3 D3
Further information below
The underlying rationale for each joint honours programme is that the key elements of the War Studies curriculum (and the modules which reflect them) can be augmented and reinforced by the study of other subject areas and disciplines, given the way in which war touches every aspect of human existence.
A joint honours degree is comprised of a total 360 credits studied over three years. Usually students complete half of their modules in the Department of War Studies and half in the partner department. Joint honours students must choose their modules for each year with the guidance of their personal tutor, taking into account timetabling factors for each department (eg avoiding clashes in timetables) and the requirements of each programme.
In War Studies, it is compulsory to take the modules in 'The Art of War Studies' and 'Contemporary Security Issues' in year one. Although there are no compulsory modules in Year 2, all joint honours students are required to ensure that at least one of their two optional module choices for the year is either Intelligence in War Studies or War in International Order or World War II in Europe. The final year dissertation is compulsory, but may be written with either department.
The War Studies elements provide students with a sophisticated understanding of war, both as a subject worthy of study and as an intellectual preparation for the widest possible range of career choices. These skills include the ability to handle a wide range of evidence, analyse complex issues and present conclusions in a clear and effective manner.
Our Department of Philosophy has particular strengths in philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and ancient philosophy. We are also able to offer an extremely wide range of modules, including subjects like Indian philosophy and medieval philosophy which are offered by very few other universities in the UK.
Most of the department's academic staff play a full part in teaching at BA, MA and research level to ensure the maximum cross-fertilisation between teaching and research. A range of teaching methods are used including lectures, seminars and tutorials. The programmes in the Department of War studies are designed to enhance your analytical, conceptual, research and critical thinking skills which will increase your employability and aid professional career development.
The department offers single and joint honours programmes. The assessment method is a combination of essays, examinations, oral presentations and a dissertation.
The prime, central position beside the River Thames brings outstanding advantages, and as a student you will enjoy the excellent social and cultural opportunities of the capital. The department is close to the seat of government, the City, the Royal Courts of Justice and the Inns of Court, the Imperial War Museum and the National Maritime Museum. This generates interaction between the study and practice of security and foreign policy.
We review our options on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting programmes and this list is therefore subject to change. Please check here for updates, or contact the School/department for further advice. Currently, students study the following core modules and choose from a list of options. Please note that not all option modules are available each year. All War Studies modules are worth 30 credits unless otherwise indicated.
Students choose modules worth 60 credits from the War Studies Department and modules worth 60 credits from the Department of Philosophy. In Philosophy, students have a choice from modules in history of philosophy, ethics and politics, and fundamental areas of contemporary analytic philosophy.
Contemporary Security Issues (15 credits)
The Art of War Studies (15 credits)
Combined honours students choose from among our level 4 modules, which are:
In the first year combined honours students must take at least one module in history of philosophy, at least one module in either ethics or political philosophy, and at least one module from among Elementary Logic, Metaphysics I, Epistemology I, and Methodology.
The Causes of War or The Conduct of War or The Experience of War
Students choose modules worth 60 credits from the War Studies Department, and modules worth 60 credits from the Department of Philosophy.
Although there are no core War Studies modules, students should ensure that they meet the requirement below (see Year 2 options).
All joint honours students choose two modules from the seven options (2014-15) in War Studies; at least one of which should be either Intelligence in War Studies or War in International Order or World War II in Europe.
The options in War Studies are:
War & Global Conflict in the Contemporary World
Intelligence in War Studies
War & Society
War in International Order
Aspects of Naval History
World War II in Europe
Students take four modules from the following lists, with the requirement to choose from at least two of the three lists: List A Greek Philosophy II: Plato Greek Philosophy II: Aristotle Modern Philosophy II: Locke and Berkeley Modern Philosophy II: Spinoza and Leibniz List B Ethics II: History of Ethical Philosophy Ethics II: Contemporary Ethical Philosophy Political Philosophy II: Theories of Justice / Theories of Freedom Political Philosophy II: History of Political Philosophy List C Epistemology II Metaphysics II Philosophy of Logic and Language Philosophy of Mind In the second year combined honours students may also take one 15 credit module from among level 6 optional subjects.
Dissertation (in either the Department of War Studies or the Philosophy Department).
War Studies Options (2014-15):
Guerrillas in the Mist: Insurgency & Counter Insurgency in the Modern WorldPhilosophies of WarManpower, Technology, Ideology: the Emergence of Modern War, 1914-1921American Civil warSecurity Issues in the Middle EastFighting in the AirWarfare in the Ancient WorldWar & International RelationsWar & Strategy in East AsiaBritish Strategy 1815-1856Nature of RiotsWar on Terror
Philosophy:Please note that not all options are offered each year:
19th Century Continental Philosophy 20th Century Continental Philosophy Advanced Logic modules Aesthetics Dissertation Ethics of Science & Technology Formal Semantics Formal Syntax Foundations of Analytic Philosophy Gender & Philosophy Greek Philosophical Texts Hellenistic Philosophy Indian Philosophy: The Orthodox Schools Indian Philosophy: The Heterodox schools Kant Medieval Philosophy Modal Logic Moral Normativity Neoplatonism Philosophy of Biology Philosophy of Mathematics Philosophy of Physics II: Quantum Mechanics Philosophy of Psychology Philosophy of Psychology II Philosophy of Religion Philosophy of Science Scepticism Set Theory Topics in Greek Philosophy Topics in Metaphysics Topics in Modern Philosophy Topics in Philosophy of Mind Topics in Political Philosophy Utilitarianism
War studies students come from a variety of countries and backgrounds and go on to work in a range of fields including government (most commonly in Ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs in the UK and abroad), academia, journalism, banking (often in emerging markets or risk analysis), research and policy think-tanks, humanitarian organisations and international organisations.
Recent graduates have found employment as: • Account Executive, IT re-seller • Accounts Assistance, IJS Global • Army Officer, British Army • Consultant, Ernst & Young • Creative Writer, Groupon • Defence Analyst, Vision Gain • Parliamentary Assistant, House of Commons • Special Constable, Metropolitan Police • Trainee Accountant, a legal practice
Welcome from the Head of Department
Professor Theo Farrell talks about research, teaching and life in a department that focuses on promoting understanding of war, conflict and international security.
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