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Contemporary Conflicts (Module)

Module description


The aim of this module is for students to develop their ability to critically analyse policy, strategy and military operations in current conflicts; and to conduct real-world policy and strategy analysis relevant for national decision-makers. 

This module will provide students with an understanding of contemporary war and warfare, in the light of political, diplomatic, economic, social, technological, cultural, and military dynamics affecting the environment. Recent conflicts in Europe, the Middle East and Afghanistan will be covered. The module will build on issues raised in the MA core and provide an opportunity for those students who wish to develop further their interest in contemporary strategic issues. Recent events provide the backdrop to this module, and there is flexibility to adjust to any further developments.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successfully completing this module, students will be reasonably familiar with:

  • Professional terminology and doctrinal concepts regarding war, warfare, policy, strategy, and military operations and tactics.
  • Contemporary debates on the enduring nature and changing character of war, and in particular the distinction between war and warfare;
  • The shift from interstate wars to “wars among the people”;
  • The challenges of interagency coordination and civil-military relations;
  • War termination;
  • The changing technology of warfare and the impact of the ‘information age’;
  • The role of media and social media on perceptions of legitimacy and their effects on policy and strategy;
  • The challenges of host nation relations, alliance politics, and civilian protection;
  • Policy making processes and how to conduct policy, strategy, and operational analysis.

Staff information

Dr Simon Anglim*

Teaching pattern

Typically, 1 credit equates to 10 hours of work. For a Full Year 40-credit module, this will equate to 40 hours of teaching time (2 hours per week) with 360 hours of self study.

Module assessment - more information

Coursework only*

Key information

Module code 7SSWM117

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework

Credit value 40

Semester Full-year

Study abroad module No