PIM69-Strategic Theorists

Module Provider: Graduate Institute for Politics and Internat Studs
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:7
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Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Prof Beatrice Heuser

Email: d.b.g.heuser@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

Aims:

  • To introduce students to the main works of strategic theory
  • To provide students with the intellectual tools to analyse the works of strategic theory in a critical manner
  • To provide students with the intellectual tools to make sense of strategic concepts
  • To provide students with an understanding of the various dimensions of strategy
  • To open the doors to a number of career paths in public and private employment, for students from all national backgrounds, that possibly they would not have considered otherwise
  • To give a career boost to students who are already in, or are committed to beginning, careers within the defence profession

Assessable learning outcomes:

  • To achieve mastery of the key ideas and theories used in strategic analysis and debate.
  • To achieve familiarity with the major works of strategy theory
  • To develop a coherent critical approach to strategic questions, taking due account of political, ethical, and other relevant factors
  • To be able to tackle new strategic topics, using the intellectual material mastered, and reach balanced critical judgments on them

Additional outcomes:

  • Achievement of career-widening skills
  • Introduction to new career possibilities

Outline content:
1. Explore and analyse the role of theory in strategy
2. Assess the main works of strategic theory. This section includes the general theories, both ancient and modern, as well as works which focus on particular subsets of Strategic Studies. The latter includes works dealing with irregular warfare, nuclear strategy, information warfare, sea power etc.
3. Identify the main concepts and themes of Strategic Studies, as well as assess the value of theory to strategic practice

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The course is taught by two-hour seminars. The seminars will comprise structured discussions around presentations by the course convenor and by students

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Guided independent study 100 80
       
Total hours by term 120.00 80.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Written assignment including essay 50

Other information on summative assessment:
1 summative essays of 3,000 words including footnotes and references but excluding bibliographies

Formative assessment methods:
Students giving presentations will receive feedback from the module convenor and via seminar discussion. The seminar discussions provide important opportunities for students to test their views and receive tutor and peer feedback. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the module convenor’s office hours to request further one-to-one feedback on their presentations, seminar contributions, and essay plans

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:
2 Hours

Requirements for a pass:
50% overall module mark

Reassessment arrangements:
Reassessment is by the original assessment methods. Re-sit examinations take place in August/September of the same year, or in April/May of the following year.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books: Heuser, Beatrice: The Evolution of Strategy: Thinking War from Antiquity to the Present (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, October 2010) – ppb - £ 22.99
Heuser, Beatrice (ed &trs.): The Strategy Makers: Thoughts on War and Society from Machiavelli to Clausewitz (Santa Monica, CA: Praeger, 2010) - £ 34.95

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Last updated: 31 March 2017

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