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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Politics & Government

    Sociology

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time; 3 years part-time

  • Course Type

    MA

  • Course Fees

    Please visit our website for the War and Society course fee information.

  • Last Updated

    16 July 2019

The MA in War and Society is a truly unique course exploring seismic events that sparked violent change throughout the course of human history. 

You will attempt to investigate what war means, and discover a meaningful definition. Analysed through multiple contexts including the political, social, cultural, technological, historical, military and media, you will learn how messages can be distorted in subtle and sophisticated ways.

This is a collaborative, interdisciplinary MA Degree programme that is harnessed by the breadth of research expertise in the College of Arts and Humanities.

Why War and Society at Swansea?

War and Society is widely regarded as a specialist strength of Swansea University

Based on our energising Singleton Park campus, in parkland overlooking Swansea Bay, we have a wide spread of expertise and a full range of facilities.

The Graduate Centre of the College of Arts and Humanities is designed to promote individual and collaborative research activity of an international standard. It offers a supportive environment for those pursuing postgraduate research and taught masters study, as well as training to enhance academic and professional development.

Your War and Society experience

You study three compulsory 20-credit international relations modules, and a further three optional modules, before taking a 60-credit dissertation project in the second part of the War and Society course.

The compulsory modules are: research on war and society; war, technology and culture; and war, identity and society.

A wide selection of further optional modules span from approaches to international relations, to politics in contemporary Britain, and from violence, conflict and development to cyber governance. 

Your dissertation is written on a specialist war and society topic of your choice.

War and Society employment opportunities

You will develop a deep level of knowledge around war and society, as well as excellent oral, writing and research skills.

Graduates of the MA in War and Society go on to careers in government and politics, humanitarian organisations, military organisations, business and media.

War and Society modules

You take three compulsory 20-credit international relations modules, and a further three optional modules, before taking a 60-credit dissertation project in the second part of the War and Society course.

Modules on the War and Society course may include:

  • War, Technology and Society
  • War, Identity and Society
  • Research Folder (War and Society)
  • Ghosts of the Confederacy: The Politics of Memory in the Post-Civil War American South
  • Fascism and Culture
  • Digital War
  • Conceptual Issues In the Theory and Practice of Social Sciences
  • Human rights, Humanitarian Intervention and Global Justice: Moral Problems International Politics.
  • International Security in the Asia Pacific
  • Politics in Contemporary Britain
  • War and Space
  • The State of Africa
  • Critical Security Studies: Issues and Approaches in Contemporary Security
  • Rights-based Approaches to Development
  • Violence, Conflict and Development
  • The Policy Making Process
  • Postcolonialism, Orientalism, Eurocentrism
  • Gender, Society and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa

How you're taught on the War and Society course

The full-time War and Society course structure is split across the year with three modules taken in each academic semester (a total of six modules) and then a dissertation over the summer.

War and Society students study three compulsory modules and three optional modules. The dissertation is written on a specialist research topic of the student's choosing.

Part-time study is available.

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