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Subject details

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

  1. Understand 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.
    • A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

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

      • Resources and Links


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

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject introduces students to the dynamics of modern warfare. Students will learn about the application, the utility and the limitations of the use of military force. The subject introduces students to the origins of war, key approaches to war-fighting, the levels of war, as well as its costs and logistical processes. It teaches students different types of warfare and variation in how conflict is conducted. The subject also covers the impact of technological change on how modern warfare is conducted, and addresses the political and ethical considerations of their use in conflict. The subject concludes with an assessment of the human costs of wars.

  • Assessment 1 (25%)
  • Assessment 2 (40%)
  • Assessment 3 (25%)
  • Assessment 4 (10%)

Textbooks are not required.

Textbook information is pending.

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