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Contemporary Military Strategy (Module)

Module description

The period since the end of the Cold War has been one of rapid social, political and technical change. This, in its turn, has produced far-reaching changes in the character of military strategy. Today’s most pressing security problems are no longer linked to the prospect of superpower war. Instead they arise from various permutations of rogue, weak or failed states, international terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. Additionally, the emergence of cyber-war capabilities may undermine Western military and political predominance. 

 This module explores the ways in which military strategy has developed in response to these new threats, and how effective these developments have been to date.  

Its concern is with matters like counter-insurgency, drone warfare, cyber war and recent developments in nuclear strategy. A degree of emphasis is placed on the question of how well military strategy can uphold a distinctively liberal-capitalist way of war in the face of new political and technical challenges. 

 A note for those of you who have taken BA Military Strategy: whilst there is some degree of overlap with this module, efforts have been made to minimize this so that most of the material will be substantially new to you

Aims & Learning Outcomes

The aims of this module are to: 

  • provide students with a coherent account of the theory and practice of military strategy since the end of the Cold War; 
  • provide students with an overarching theoretical framework within which current and recent historical events can be organized and interpreted; 

Upon successfully completing this module, students will have: 

  • identified the major continuities and discontinuities in the theory and practice of military strategy since the end of the Cold War; 
  • understood the role of political, social and technical factors in shaping the character of contemporary military strategy; 
  • practised a range of intellectual, practical and transferable skills, through participation in classes and through the preparation and submission of course work. 

*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.

Staff information

Dr. John Stone*

Teaching pattern

Typically, 1 credit equates to 10 hours of work. For a Full  Year 30-credit module, this will equate to 40 hours of teaching time (2 hours per week) with 260 hours of self study.

Module assessment - more information

Coursework only*

Key information

Module code 6SSW3017

Credit level 6

Assessment coursework

Credit value 30

Semester Full-year

Study abroad module No