Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL1027: Strategic Theory and Contemporary International Conflict

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

It is envisaged that the syllabus will include the following topics in the following order although precise content and order may vary: introduction to rational choice theory, basic concepts in game theory and the strategic approach, power and managing insecurity, the role of the public in coercive foreign policies such as military interventions and the imposition of economic sanctions, inter-state conflicts, civil conflicts, ethnic conflicts, transnational terrorism, alliances, arms races, and the logic of deterrence.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity 16.511 x 1.5 hour lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity 1010 x 1 hour tutorials
Guided Independent Study123.5Preparation and completion of coursework: • 40 hours of tutorial preparation • 83.5 hours of assessment preparation and completion

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

ELE http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/


Other Learning Resources

Other resources: Other materials and resources will be identified by the module convener in lectures and via ELE and by tutors in tutorials.