The Undeclared War Channel 4 political drama shows just what television is capable of

On this module you will look at key issues in political philosophy, exploring the ideas of thinkers throughout the history of political thought. You will respond to fundamental issues in political thought, questioning who should rule, why we should we obey the state and what a just society looks like. You will develop your analytical skills by examining arguments and perspectives based on philosophical and conceptual frameworks. This module is your introduction to War Studies as an academic subject. You will learn about the history of the subject and familiarise yourself with some of the different approaches you will take and techniques you will use throughout the course.

Professor Knieper is a member of the Human Science Centre at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany, and is on the editorial boards of two journals, Visual Communication Quarterly and International Journal of Communication and Health. Civil wars have lasting transformative effects on the state and its politics. This module addresses the question of what happens when the fighting ends. The Undeclared War is a lesson to us all in handling social media and its blizzard of misinformation.

You will have access to computers and necessary software, however many students choose to buy their own hardware, software and accessories. The amount spent will depend on your individual choices but this expenditure is not essential to pass any of our courses. Some courses include an optional placement module for which students will need to cover the costs of travel to and from the placement and DBS checks as required. Adopting a critical stance against war-making, you will cover a variety of topics that are usually ignored in war-studies. You will learn about those dominant forces that take societies to war, but you will also study about resistance movements and anti-war activism. You will learn about how war has been conceptualised and ‘normalised’, and how you can critique these narratives.

  • Other sections explore civil war and revolution, the arms trade, political and economic systems, and post-conflict reconstruction and nation building.
  • Men are forced to remain behind while women and children migrate out of Ukraine to neighbouring countries.
  • You will learn about those dominant forces that take societies to war, but you will also study about resistance movements and anti-war activism.
  • You will then explore a range of contemporary issues, which may include the regional economy, the role of Islam, conflict, women, dictatorship and democracy.
  • This MA offers an alternative, critical and global perspective to war studies.
  • War on Want fights the causes of poverty and defends human rights, as part of the worldwide movement for global justice.

Our sports scholarship scheme is designed to help students develop their full sporting potential to train and compete at the highest level. We offer scholarships for elite athletes, elite disabled athletes and talented sports performers. You’ll find living in Brighton enriches your learning experience and by the end of your course you will still be finding new things to explore and inspire you. You can chat with our enquiries team if you have a question or need more information. Or check our finance pages for advice about funding and scholarships as well as more information about fees and advice on international and island fee-paying status. Course books are available from the university but you may wish to budget up to £200 to buy your own copies.

Germany in the New Europe

Alongside your timetabled contact time, you will be expected to study independently. You will need to read around your subject, engaging with academic literature, including books, academic journal articles, original texts and official reports. This will ensure that you get the most out of your degree, as well as building valuable time management skills.

We will introduce you to the essential definitions and classifications of war, and you will work to understand what war is, and how and why we study it. By combining Politics with War Studies, you will focus on how power is challenged and developed when states come into conflict with one another. You will consider how political institutions and ideas can both maintain social order and drive people to war.

We explore this through a series of case studies focusing on wartime experiences from York and its surrounding area. You will make use of first-hand accounts of battle and cinematic representations of combat, using these sources to explore some of the philosophical questions arising from attempts to understand and depict warfare. A series of tours and walks will help bring the historic resources on our doorstep to life. On this module we will introduce you to the comparative approach to modern politics.

On this module you will examine, confront and evaluate the historical debates surrounding the American Civil War. You will learn about the campaigns and strategies of the war itself, as well as its social and political impact and its lasting cultural legacy. You will also consider the social and political forces that have shaped how this period has been retold in historical and pop culture representations. This will open wider discussion about how wars are remembered and commemorated. On this module you will investigate the experience and impact of war on both civilians and soldiers.

History of Design and Material Culture MA

Apply knowledge learned on your degree in a real working environment on one of our unique internship opportunities – enhance your chance of getting a job at the same time. You’ll explore issues such as equality, income distribution, gender, role of states and markets and democracy in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules – but the number of credits will always add up to 120. Study politics on a global scale – with the chance to go on placement at Westminster or to study abroad.


The University of Brighton is at the heart of our city’s reputation as a welcoming, forward-thinking place which leads the way when it comes to the arts, music, sustainability and creative technology. Brighton is home to a thriving creative community and a digital sector worth £1bn a year. Many of the work-based learning opportunities offered on our courses such as placements, live briefs and guest lectures are provided by businesses and organisations based in the city. International students whose language skills do not match the IELTS scores set out here should consider applying for this course through our Extended Masters programme. Many of our students go on to teach in primary and further education or they continue their postgraduate studies doing doctorates.