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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: 123 hours

  • Exam: 3 hours

Assessment method

Written exam

First opportunity for written exam: Tuesday 18 December 2018, 09:00-12:00 in the FSW building, room 1A20
Second opportunity for written exam: Thursday 24 January 2019, 13.30-16.30 in the FSW building, room SA41


Fridays 11:00-13:00h, from 2/11/2018-21/12/2018


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).

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.

Registration Exchange and Study Abroad students

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Prospective students website for information on how to apply.

Please note that there is very limited capacity for this course