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KINT 3195 - Understanding the Use of Force in World Politics

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


A basic knowledge of world politics/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 but also what are the means to avoid the use of force. Please note that the course is NOT directly interested in ethical and normative problems linked to the use of force. To adopt Robert Cox's terminology, the lecture is much more Problem-Solving than Critical. That is why we do not really address notions like just wars or democratic peace.


  • APKE, Amélie J. (Chargée de projet)
  • HATTO, Ronald (Chercheur au CERI, Sciences Po)

Pedagogical format

Formal lecture with open interactions between the lecturer and the students.

Course validation

1) Mid-Term Take-Home Examination (50%). 2) Final Take-Home Examination (50%).

Required reading

BETTS, Richard K. (2000) “Is Strategy an Illusion?”, International Security, Vol. 25, No. 2, Pp. 5-50

Additional required reading

  • ANGSTROM, Jan & WIDEN, J. J. (2015) Contemporary Military Theory: The Dynamics of War, London, Routledge
  • BAYLIS, J., WIRTZ, J., COHEN, E. & GRAY, C. S. (Ed.) (2016) Strategy in the Contemporary World. An Introduction to Strategic Studies, 5th Edition, Oxford, Oxford University Press
  • DAVID, Charles-Philippe (2012) La guerre et la paix. Approches contemporaines de la sécurité et de la stratégie, 3ème édition, Paris, Presses de Sciences-Po
  • JORDAN, D, KIRAS, J. D., LONSDALE, D. J., SPELLER, I, TUCK, C. & WALTON, D. C. (2008) Understanding Modern Warfare, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press
  • SLOAN, Elinor C. (2017) Modern Military Strategy: An Introduction, London, Routledge