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Strategy, Security and Statecraft HIR403


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This unit is concerned with international security, diplomacy and strategic studies, primarily from a 'traditional' vantage point (which relates to the study of war, arms control, conflict management and a range of associated issues linked to statecraft and foreign policy). It examines a range of contentious contemporary issues in detail.

The first section of the unit will cover the key issues relating to the future of conflict, and will examine theories of diplomacy as a discrete activity with its own traditions. It will then look at a set of specific strategic problems: US grand strategy, ballistic missile defences, nuclear strategy and the 'new agenda' requiring more creative methods of diplomacy such as human rights, environmental issues, and asymmetrical threats such as terrorism. Each of those topics offers an opportunity to look in greater detail at a particular key issue.


Unit name Strategy, Security and Statecraft
Unit code HIR403
Credit points 25
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Politics and International Relations

Teaching staff

Dr Catherine Goetze

Level Honours
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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Teaching Pattern

On Campus: 2 hour seminar weekly (13 weeks)

Off Campus: Web based delivery


On Campus: 2 x 750 word seminar papers (20%), 1500 word critical review essay (20%), 5000 word major research paper (60%)

Off Campus: 500 word role profile (10%), 2000 word simulation participation (30%), 1500 word role summary (20%), 4000 word major essay (40%)

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