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Strategic Studies



This course introduces the students to the main concepts, theories and debates in the field of strategic studies. It will address the history of strategic thought going back to the nineteenth century. It aims to, furthermore, elaborate on the main ideas on the causes and conduct of war and the frameworks and theories that have been developed to understand and dissect the versatile phenomenon of war in the modern period.

Course objectives

Objective 1: This course will focus on basic knowledge acquisition in the field of strategic studies, its history, theories and practices.
Objective 2: Skills will be tested based on a written form of assessment.

Mode of instruction


Course load

Total course load for the course 5 EC/ 140 hours
-Hours spent on attending lectures: 14 hours
-Time for studying the compulsory literature: 80 hours
-Time for completing assignments/ writing papers (including reading/research): 46 hours

Assessment method

Written exam

First opportunity for written exam:
Wednesday 20 December 09.00-12.00h in room SA41 at FSW

Second opportunity for written exam:
Wednesday 24 January 2018, 09.00-12.00h in room SA41 at FSW


Fridays 11.00-13.00h, from 3 November - 22 December.


Students can find the course syllabus and additional course materials on blackboard. Students are advised to enroll on Blackboard before the start of the course.

Reading list

Peter Paret (ed.) Makers of Modern Strategy: From Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age (Oxford: Oxford University Press). Any print run from 1986 onwards.

Thomas Mahnken and Joseph Maiolo (eds.) Strategic Studies: A Reader (London: Routledge 2014).

The course syllabus will be made available via Blackboard before the start of the course.

Admission requirements




Students need to register for lectures and work group sessions in uSis. It is not possible to take a course without a valid registration. Please consult the course registration website for information on registration periods and further instructions.

Minor students, please see the tab meer info for information on how to apply.

Registration Exchange and Study Abroad students

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