Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3233: Military Revolutions and Political Change

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • defining military revolutions
  • approaches to studying war and the state
  • the origins of war
  • violence, sovereignty and state formation
  • ‘mercenaries’, ‘contractors’, and ‘pirates’
  • asymmetric, colonial, and low-intensity warfare
  • nuclear weapons
  • nationalism
  • war and the democratic state

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activity2211 x 2 hour seminars
Guided independent study 50Private study – reading and preparing for seminars
Guided independent study 78Preparation for essay and pre-seen exam – including researching and collating relevant sources; planning the structure and argument; writing up the essay

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).