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War and Modern Society I - Non-credit bearing


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This is a non-credit bearing course but can also be taken as a credit bearing course.

Discover the difference between our credit bearing and non-credit bearing courses.

War is one of the oldest features of social life and one whose recurrence seems to endure in spite of all the political, social and cultural transformations it has traversed. Yet war is simultaneously never quite the same since its various manifestations are conditioned by the characteristics of the societies that wage it. In particular, we appear to live in a moment in which many of the conventional definitions and understandings of what counts as war are being challenged by the various manifestations of organised violence present in our contemporary world.

On this War and Modern Society short course we aim to go beyond the narrow confines of strategic thought to a broad consideration of the complex relationships and dynamics which have interwoven the experience and practice of warfare to the past, present and future development of states, societies, and the individuals who inhabit them.

By the end of this course, you will have a deeper understanding of the role of armed conflict in the modern world than that provided by traditional accounts of great battles and military leaders, as well as the tools to analyse the multi-faceted manifestations of war today.

We aim to cover the following content:

  • What is War?
  • Clausewitz: Philosopher of War
  • War and the Rise of the State
  • Citizens in Arms: Civil-Military Relations
  • The Way of the Warrior
  • Mind and Body in War
  • War and Genocide
  • War and Peace in the Nuclear Age
  • Humanising War

This course is non-credit bearing, so carries no credit points.

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This War and Modern Society short course is ideal for anyone interested in the place of war in the modern world and with a good prior grounding in history and/or social science.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.