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War & Diplomacy (Module)

Module description

Examine the role that diplomacy plays in international society and analyses how diplomatic efforts can be impacted by other levers of state power such as armed forces and intelligence agencies. This module will provide you with an understanding of contemporary and historical diplomatic issues by outlining theoretical aspects of diplomacy and then applying them to case studies. You will enhance your knowledge and understanding of how key factors of global politics have interacted with each other in the theory and practice of crisis management and counterterrorism efforts. You will evaluate the concept of diplomacy and its role in maintaining and improving the quality of life and also examine war as an institution and its impact on the balance of power.

Case study material will include examples of warfare and diplomatic interaction throughout the 20th century and on into the post-9/11 world. An example of a typical question for class discussion will be: ‘How does public scrutiny hamper diplomatic negotiations?’ Topics may include: crisis management, nuclear deterrence and diplomacy, diplomacy and intelligence and non-traditional diplomacy.

The module is taught by King’s academics, and based on a 15 credit King's undergraduate module. It comprises 150 study hours, including teaching time, independent study and group work. A detailed timetable for this module will be available on KEATS from June 2020.

Learning outcomes and objectives

By the end of the module, you will be able to:

  • Explain what role diplomacy plays in international society.
  • Evaluate the role that war plays in changing world orders.
  • Assess globalisation’s impact on international relations.
  • Critique the so-called English school of international relations.
  • Analyse Hedley Bull’s theory of international relations.
  • Critique the general theory of crisis management.

Staff information

Taught by the Department of War Studies, Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy, King's College London

Teaching pattern

  • Lectures
  • Seminars and tutorials
  • Private study

Module assessment - more information

  • One essay of 3,000 words (85%)
  • Presentation (15%)

Key information

Module code 4ZSS0162

Credit level 4

Assessment coursework presentation/s

Credit value Classes can often be taken for credit towards degrees at other institutions, and are examined to university standards. To receive credit for King's summer classes, contact your home institution to ask them to award external credit. This class is equivalent to an undergraduate degree module and usually awarded 3-4 US credits or 7.5 ECTS.

Semester summer session 1

Study abroad module No