Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1.  Demonstrate specialised knowledge of key concepts, theories and contemporary issues in the field of strategic studies, aligned with the field’s leading thinkers, texts and paradigms.
  2. Comprehend the challenges and complexities of strategy-making as well as the main features, applications and relative merits of various strategic approaches.
  3.  Apply disciplinary knowledge to analyse and critically evaluate real-world historical and contemporary strategic decisions, cases and issues.
  4. Apply critical thinking skills in order to cogently and effectively defend intellectual positions and to produce well-reasoned, theoretically informed and empirically substantiated written work.
  5. Student will be able to apply classical and formal strategic analysis to complex political and security contexts in order to produce policy-relevant recommandations.
  • Topics

    • 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

      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Online Materials

      • Resources and Links

In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:

  • MAQ-PIC-GCE-2018
  • MAQ-ISS-GCE-2018
  • MAQ-ISS-GDI-2018
  • MAQ-PIC-MAS-2018
  • MAQ-PIC-GDI-2018
  • MAQ-ISS-MAS-2018
  • MAQ-PII-MAS-2018
  • MAQ-SEC-MAS-2018
  • OUA-PSU-GCE-2018

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as Strategic Concepts.

This subject addresses the challenges of formulating, assessing and engaging with strategy in historical and contemporary geopolitical contexts. It exposes students to classical and formal approaches to strategic thought, and teaches students how to write policy briefs where they will engage with strategic challenges in relation to real-world policy contexts. Content will include the fundamentals of strategy and the challenges of strategy formulation and assessment given uncertainty and the logic of military operations, the logics of bargaining in different strategic contexts, diplomacy, signalling and strategic narratives, making strategy in conventional and unconventional scenarios given uncertainty about power, credibility and conflict dynamics, the implications of domestic politics and asymmetric warfare. Students will further address these challenges through identifying them in cases and assessing the implications of these for contemporary challenges. 

  • Assessment 1 (15%)
  • Assessment 2 (35%)
  • Assessment 3 (50%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject.

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