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War & Diplomacy

Key information

Subject area:

Pre-University & Undergraduate Summer Programmes

Course type:


Credit level:



2 weeks

Available course dates:

From: 01 July 2024 To: 12 July 2024
Application deadline: 10 May 2024

Course overview

Summer School modules are designed to be intensive, intellectually-stimulating short courses. They are taught by King’s academics in academic disciplines where King's has expertise. Classes are very international with students from all around the globe learning together.

Each module is 150 study hours comprising intensive teaching, independent study and group work and is examined to university standards. Comparable to an in-semester 15-credit King’s undergraduate module and therefore typically awarded 3-4 US credits or 7.5 ECTS, many summer students ask their home institution to award them external credit for their King's summer module to use towards their degree programme when they return home.


One session (2 weeks): £2,400 

Two sessions (4 weeks): £4,800 £4,395*

*Fee valid for applications for two sessions received by 10 May 2024. Offer cannot be used in conjunction with other discounts or promotions. Subject to availability at the time of application.

What does this course cover?

Many countries around that world have experienced and are currently in conflict situations. War has torn apart societies and caused devastation, death and destruction in its wake. Diplomacy will be examined as a civilised and civilising activity for both current and future members of the international society. Its role as the 'glue' which binds states together on a day-to-day basis of discussion and argument will be emphasised. In this context diplomacy's role in maintaining and improving the quality of life for individuals and groups within societies will be a central feature of the analysis. The idea of finding diplomatic solutions to contemporary conflicts attracts much interest from students and therefore there is a high demand for this topic.

This module should enable participants to examine the role and impact of war and diplomacy on the changing structure and process of international relations. It will enable participants to; enhance their knowledge and understanding of how each of these seminal features of global politics have interacted with each other for good or ill in the theory and practice of crisis management. evaluate the concept of diplomacy and its role in maintaining and improving the quality of life examine war as an institution and its impact on the balance of power Case study material will be provided from 19th and 20th century warfare and diplomatic interaction including World Wars I and II, the Cold War and the significance of each in a post 9/11 world. An example of a typical question for class discussion will be; Can we, should we negotiate with terrorists?

What will I achieve?

By the end of the module students will be able to:- Explain what role Diplomacy plays for both current and future members of international society. Evaluate the role that War plays in changing world orders Assess Globalizations impact on International Relations Critique the so-called English School of International Relations. Analyse Hedley Bulls Theory of International Relations Critique the general theory of Crisis Management. 

Who is this for?

The King's College London Undergraduate Summer School is open to students who are currently, or have been, enrolled in an undergraduate degree programme. We also welcome applications from professionals who have substantial relevant experience in their chosen subject area.

You should ensure that you are eligible to apply before you submit your application by checking our academic and English language entry criteria.

How will I be assessed?

Presentation (30%)Essay 1000 words (70%)


What is the teaching schedule?

Taught on-campus 9am and 5pm from Monday to Friday

Course status:


Full fee £2400

Application Fee £60

Terms and Conditions

Express interest


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