The Handbook on the Political Economy of War

The problems of government are assessed in a wide-ranging set of contexts, addressing popular attitudes to the war, government propaganda, local resistance and the problems of governing a country divided in religion. In this way the book covers much more than the war alone, providing a new assessment of the effectiveness of the whole Elizabethan state. To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay depends on whether you live inside the UK, or internationally . On this module you will examine the persistence of authoritarian rule in the 21st century.

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But under the terms of its agreements with Russia and France, Britain had no obligation to fight. Throughout the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, Europe’s leaders saw military strength as an essential part of being a great power. Most of the European powers maintained mass armies through compulsory military service and embarked on large-scale arms programmes.

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  • You will also consider the social and political forces that have shaped how this period has been retold in historical and pop culture representations.

You’ll consider America’s international role and the relationship between its domestic and international policies. Examine the state of international relations theory, beginning with an analysis of realism. You’ll consider whether we are returning to geopolitics reminiscent of the Cold War era. You’ll consider contemporary security topics such as migration, environment, terrorism and warfare, foreign affairs, European integration/withdrawal and home security. You’ll cover international terrorism, responsibility to protect , border security, human and environmental security.

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These are optional and are not required to pass your course but under normal circumstances we would expect a budget of approximately £150 per year will cover the costs of particular trips. The amount spent would be based on location and number of trips taken. For some assessments you may be required to print large format posters for presentations at a cost of £5–£10 per poster. The entry requirements listed here are our typical offer for this course if you wish to begin studying with us in 2022.

News of the assassination of Franz Ferdinand was met with shock and surprise in Britain, but it was regarded as a distant crisis. As the crisis grew, British involvement remained uncertain, even as the threat of war spread across Europe. Many did not want to fight and believed that Britain should not get involved.

Advancing Political Science

You will also think about how war should be conducted and how they should end. You will examine arguments dating from Aristotle, early Christianity and the Enlightenment through to the present day. You will also examine alternative perspectives, such as Asian perspectives of just war, forms of pacifism and nonviolent resistance. Our politics degree teaches you to understand not just political concepts, but also how politics is studied and researched. This module will give you an overview of the different theoretical and methodological approaches used to study the political world.

Conciliation Resources is an international organisation committed to stopping violent conflict and creating more peaceful societies. Additional reading and lecture notes will be available online on the course Moodle page. New for September 2023, our Cricket Academy offers aspiring players the opportunity to continue their cricket development alongside studying for a degree. The programme offers a world-class training environment with the highest quality coaching.

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips. War makes for dramatic headlines and engaging copy, but there is frequent and often heated debate about the power and the biases of the media in war. On this module you will explore the relationship between warfare and the media. This includes both a discussion of the representation and reporting of war in the media, and how you can use media to research and understand war.