Courses & Units

War! The Moral and Legal Limits of Political Violence XBR301

This unit is being phased out and may not be offered next year, please consider your study plan accordingly. You will be able to enrol in the unit where there is an availability noted below.


When, if ever, is it morally permissible for a nation to go to war? When is a war illegal? What are the moral limits that nations ought to observe once they are at war? What actions count as war crimes under international law? This unit brings the perspectives of International Relations, Philosophy and Law to bear upon these questions. It will provide you with the intellectual resources to reach your own informed judgments about when it would be morally right for your nation to resort to the use of armed force and what limits the use of such force would have to observe.

This unit is one of a suite of Breadth Units developed to deepen and extend your learning at the University of Tasmania.  Faculties have come together to create units that address the challenges of the world we live in, from the perspectives of multiple disciplines.

This unit XBR301 will develop your potential as a national and global citizen by providing you with the resources to arrive at an informed view about the use of violence for political ends. It will also inform you about the existence of systems of international law, non-government organisations and other resources through which you can magnify your own individual ethical conduct into influence on world affairs.


Unit name War! The Moral and Legal Limits of Political Violence
Unit code XBR301
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline Law|Philosophy and Gender Studies|Politics and International Relations
Coordinator Prof D Baltzly
Teaching staff Prof D Baltzly, Dr M Killingsworth, Dr P Lawrence, Prof D Sadler
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? Yes


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25 points of 2nd year studies in any faculty

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

HIR204, HIR304


Teaching Pattern

On Campus:   2 hours lecture and 1 hour tutorial, over 13 weeks

Off Campus:    web based delivery

AssessmentWritten assignments 100%
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