War and the International
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- Year 2 or Year 3
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- Full Year
This course has the following aims. First, for students with a year of Politics it builds on and extends the conceptual and theoretical analysis of world politics. Second, for students without a background in Politics, it provides an introduction to the study of world politics, organised around the analysis of war and society. Specifically, it develops an account of war and society as central to the relations between a global north and a global south and charts the role of war in the production of states, societies and cultures, and the international system itself. Topics covered include the relations between war and race, gender, class, nationalism, state development, political economy and international organization. By the end of the course students should expect to have an informed and critical grasp of the role of war and society in the production and shaping of the modern world, as well as an overview of how world politics has been conceived and explained.
Scope and syllabus
This course has the following aims. First, it introduces second year undergraduate students to the phenomenon of war and demonstrates its ubiquity in world politics. Second, it develops an account of war as a constitutive force in the production of world politics past, present and future. Specifically, it charts the role of war in the production of states, societies and cultures, and the international system itself. Fourth, it develops an account of war in the context of relations between a global north and a global south. Fifth, it sketches the different forms war has taken across time and space; specifically, colonial, great power, small, counterinsurgent, ‘cold’ etc. Sixth, it brings these themes together in an account of the so-called ‘war on terror’, charting continuities and discontinuities with other forms of war. By the end of the course students should expect to have an informed and critical grasp of the role of war in the production and shaping of the modern world and how it has been conceptualised and explained.
Method of assessment
- One three hour unseen written examination contributing 70% to total mark.
- Three 2000 word assignments contributing 30% to total mark.
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