Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3132: Politics of War

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.

Module Aims

The aim of this module is to introduce you to contemporary interdisciplinary approaches war and society, with a particular focus on critical interventions made by scholars within the humanities and social sciences. The module will locate war within its wider social, economic and political context, encouraging a broader understanding of the experience and legacies of war through a focus on race, gender and class. You will be introduced to a range of theoretical approaches to war, for example feminism and postcolonialism. The ultimate aim of the module is to encourage you to think critically about war-making, commemoration and militarism.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate a critical understanding of the military, political, and social impacts of war
2. demonstrate excellence in the application of various theoretical perspectives in the analysis of concrete examples of war and its consequences
Discipline-Specific Skills3. relate the academic study of war to questions of public concern in order to develop well-reasoned arguments and conclusions
4. think critically and independently about events, ideas and institutions with minimal guidance
5. demonstrate awareness of contingency in historical, sociological and political processes
Personal and Key Skills6. study independently and manage time and assessment deadlines effectively
7. communicate effectively
8. demonstrate critical and analytical skills through seminar discussions and module assessments
9. demonstrate proficiency in the use of the internet, online journal databases and other IT resources for the purposes of tutorial and assessment preparation
10. work collaboratively with peers