Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL1028: Introduction to Strategic Studies

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.


NQF Level 4
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Martin Robson (Lecturer)

Available via distance learning


This module will provide you with an introduction to Strategic Studies, which lies at the crossroads of inquiry within the subject areas of history, politics, economics, geography, and law. It focuses on the use of force and how force is employed to achieve political objectives. The study of war and warfare remains as important as ever; from ongoing violence in Syria to the established global order being challenged in East Asia, it is essential to study the conceptual tools and history of strategic thinking and practice in this age of strategic complexity.

Introduction to Strategic Studies will provide you with an introduction to the fundamentals of classical strategic theory, as well as the dimensions in which strategy is practised, before taking you through the history of how strategy has been applied. The end point is to make you aware of the challenges, questions and debates that face strategists when looking towards understanding the complex contemporary strategic environment. Equipping yourself with a solid foundation in strategic thinking will allow you to fully benefit from more advanced modules offered by the Department of Politics and the Strategy and Security Institute. No prior knowledge is required in order to register for this module.

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