Modern Warfare - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Availability for 2018: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Assessment 1 (10%) , Assignment 2 - Assessment 2 (25%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit teaches students about the operational dynamics of modern warfare. Students will learn how military force can be applied, what we should expect it to achieve, and its limitations. The unit introduces students to the political and strategic origins of war and key approaches to war fighting as well as its costs and logistical processes. It teaches students different types of warfare and variation in how conflict is conducted. The unit also covers the impact of recent technological changes on new weapons systems with a focus on precision guided munitions and drones, and addresses the political and ethical considerations of their use in modern conflict. The unit concludes with an assessment of the human costs of wars and the traumas and social dislocations that it can cause as well as the impact of war on human security and political and economic development in the developing world.

Upon fulfilling the requirements of this unit, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. explain the enduring intersection of politics and warfare and the logic of strategy as it is presented in key literature
  2. explain the concept of limited war and how it applies to politics of victory and warfighting
  3. identify logistical considerations for major combat operations in conventional and urban warfighting
  4. explain the core concepts of the Law of Armed Conflict
  5. discuss the influence of technology on warfare and warfighting in the twenty-first century
  6. examine the human impact of particular operations on both combatants and civilian populations.
  • Assignment 1 — Assessment 1 (10%)
  • Assignment 2 — Assessment 2 (25%)
  • Assignment 3 — Assessment 3 (25%)
  • Assignment 4 — Assessment 4 (40%)

It is recommended that students complete a 100 level PICX unit before enrolling in this unit.

A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this unit will be provided in your study materials.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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