September 19, 2022

War, Power, and Morality

On this module you will look at key issues in political philosophy, exploring the ideas of thinkers throughout the history of political thought. You will respond to fundamental issues in political thought, questioning who should rule, why we should we obey the state and what a just society looks like. You will develop your analytical skills by examining arguments and perspectives based on philosophical and conceptual frameworks. This module is your introduction to War Studies as an academic subject. You will learn about the history of the subject and familiarise yourself with some of the different approaches you will take and techniques you will use throughout the course.

  • You’ll study violent political groups from the 19th century to the present day.
  • Arendt’s political theory makes more sense when it is understood in the context of her thinking about war and we can think about the history and theory of warfare, and international politics, in new ways by thinking with Arendt.
  • You will also explore how wars start and end, the morality of war and the concept of a ‘just’ war.
  • On this module you will learn about France’s role on the world stage as a political, military, imperial and cultural force.
  • In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules – but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

You will have access to computers and necessary software, however many students choose to buy their own hardware, software and accessories. The amount spent will depend on your individual choices but this expenditure is not essential to pass any of our courses. Some courses include an optional placement module for which students will need to cover the costs of travel to and from the placement and DBS checks as required. Adopting a critical stance against war-making, you will cover a variety of topics that are usually ignored in war-studies. You will learn about those dominant forces that take societies to war, but you will also study about resistance movements and anti-war activism. You will learn about how war has been conceptualised and ‘normalised’, and how you can critique these narratives.

Study abroad

Alongside your timetabled contact time, you will be expected to study independently. You will need to read around your subject, engaging with academic literature, including books, academic journal articles, original texts and official reports. This will ensure that you get the most out of your degree, as well as building valuable time management skills.

Through our imprint ECPR Press and via the OUP Comparative Politics book series, we publish research by, and for the political science community. We are the leading scholarly society concerned with the research and teaching of political science in Europe, headquartered in the UK with a global membership. We now see Central and Eastern European countries declaring to be ready to host Ukrainian refugees “for humanitarian reasons”. But hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian migrants are already living in Poland, where they are employed with miserable wages in warehouses, factories, and houses. Instead of seriously acting to avoid war, the Polish government, as well as the EU, are ready to turn war into another chance to fill its labour shortages and make profits from refugees and poor workers. We have seen fake oppositions in place in these years, when in Eastern European and bordering countries pro-EU, pro-NATO or pro-Russia factions and parties have both worked for the implementation of neoliberal reforms.


All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time. Learn about the role of modern navies, piracy, terrorism, maritime law, economy, expeditionary warfare and the frightening fragility of the world you take for granted. An opportunity to study for a semester abroad at any of our partner institutions. Select a number of modules on offer from the host institution to count towards your degree. This module examines the economic transformations of China in a historical, cultural and political context.

This is the first book length study of war in the thought of one of the twentieth-century’s most important and original political thinkers. Hannah Arendt’s writing was fundamentally rooted in her understanding of war and its political significance. But this element of her work has surprisingly been neglected in international and political theory.

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The age of civil war: political crisis and its consequences at the end of the Roman Republic, 60

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