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Undergraduate | MAQ-PICX2012 | 2024

Modern Warfare

Previously MAQ-PICX212

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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. 

Study method
100% online
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Entry requirements
Prior study needed
18 weeks

Start dates

  • 22 July 2024
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Modern Warfare

About this subject

  • On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate understanding of the enduring intersection of politics and warfare, and explain the role of strategy in connecting the two
    2. 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
    3. Identify and critically analyse different forms of modern warfare
    4. Discuss the influence of new technologies and the role of information on the character of modern warfare
    5. Examine the human impact of modern warfare on both combatants and civilians
    6. Demonstrate the ability to write clear and concise analyses for a policy audience.

Entry requirements

Prior study

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

one of

Equivalent subjects

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 (Not currently available)


50cp at 1000 level or above
NCCW (pre-2020 units)
PICT212, PICX212

Additional requirements

  • 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 Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL

This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

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What to study next?

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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Bachelor of Security Studies

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Bachelor of Arts

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