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Wars Within Wars: Intelligence Wars, Secret Wars and Dirty Wars (Module)

Module description

This module offers students the chance to study the important conceptual,
historical and contemporary themes within the ambit of intelligence and its relationship to the practice of warfare in the twentieth century. A particular emphasis of this module will be to illustrate the way that issues in intelligence permeate, or shade-off into, particular types of warfare and military operations characterised by covert activities, which sometimes form a specifically identifiable component within individual conflicts that can be classified as wars within wars. This module will explore how certain wars remain in the shadows and how they might be characterised as dirty wars and secret wars. The module will approach these themes utilising a strategic approach to comprehend the uses and objectives of these shadow wars and emphasise an ethical appreciation of the peculiar moral dilemmas that this particular type of war phenomenon induces

Staff information

Dr Jack McDonald

Teaching pattern

Not applicable

Module assessment - more information

Not applicable

Key information

Module code 7SSWM025

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework

Credit value 20

Semester Semester 2 (spring)

Study abroad module Yes