Accueil > Strategic studies


Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


Basic knowledge about world history and international relations.

Course Description

The course introduces students to some of the theories and concepts that form the basic of strategic studies as a distinct subfield of international relations (IR). The course is thus an introduction to the key ideas and themes of strategic studies, which deals with the preparation and use of military power to serve the ends of politics. The course aims to guide students through a wide-ranging survey of theoretical and practical aspects of strategic studies. It will include sections on the uses of strategic theory, instruments of war - land, sea, and air power - and their evolution, nuclear strategy, limited war, small wars and terrorism and war termination. The course tries to strike a balance between theoretical works and case studies. We will thus link the study of strategy with the realities of modern politics


HATTO, Ronald (Chercheur au CERI, Sciences Po)

Course validation

1) An Oral Presentation (exposé) (40% of the grade) 2) In-Class Short Quizz during week 6 (10% of the grade) 3) Final Take-Home Exam (40% of the grade) 4) ) In-Class Participation (10% of the grade)

Required reading

Course Reader (available on Google Drive)

Additional required reading

John Baylis, James Wirtz, Colin S. Gray & Eliot Cohen (Ed.) Strategy in the Contemporary World, 2nd Edition, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2007