Masters Modules.

The Ethics of Warfare.

This module offers a critical engagement with the key debates in just war theory. It begins by examining two important schools of thought which object to the very idea of just war: pacifism and realism. The remainder of the module then addresses just war theory by exploring systematically its component parts: jus ad bellum (just cause for war); jus in bello (justice in war); and jus post bellum (the move from war to peace). In so doing, such controversies as humanitarian intervention, pre-emptive strikes, terrorism, the status of combatants and non-combatants, and the prosecution of war crimes are all examined in detail.


  • This module is typically taught through a weekly programme of workshops and seminars over the 12-week semester.


  • The module is typically assessed through two pieces of individual coursework.