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Investigate the operational dynamics of modern warfare—how can force be applied, what can it achieve, and its limitations. Probe the intersection of politics and warfare, identify logistics issues, and the influence of technology on major combat.
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- 24 Jul 2023
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On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate understanding of the enduring intersection of politics and warfare, and explain the role of strategy in connecting the two
- Demonstrate knowledge of the considerations that inform the planning and conduct of military operations (including logistics, doctrine, tactics, and law) and apply that abstract knowledge to real-world cases
- Identify and critically analyse different forms of modern warfare
- Discuss the influence of new technologies and the role of information on the character of modern warfare
- Examine the human impact of modern warfare on both combatants and civilians
- Demonstrate the ability to write clear and concise analyses for a policy audience.
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
- MAQ-PICX212-Modern Warfare (No longer available)
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
Pre-requisite 50cp at 1000 level or above NCCW (pre-2020 units) PICT212, PICX212
- Other requirements -
Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
This subject introduces students to the dynamics of modern warfare. War is a complex thing and force continues to be employed extensively by a range of state and non-state actors with major implications for national, international, and human security. The subject provides students with the theoretical tools required to make sense of the different forms and levels of modern warfare as well as the operational concepts and approaches which underpin its conduct. The subject critically considers a range of pressing issues and debates relating to the practice of warfare, with a particular emphasis on the impact of new technologies, the role of information, and ethical considerations. Through detailed analysis of contemporary military operations, students will learn to assess the utility of force by examining its political effects and consequences.
- Policy Memo (25%)
- Operations analysis (40%)
- Active engagement (10%)
- Online test (25%)
Current study term: 23 Jul 23 to 05 Nov 23
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