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IR3058   Armed Forces, Societies and Governments: An International Perspective on Civil-Military Relations

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: 11.00 am Mon

This module introduces students to academic debates about relations between governments and military organisations. Armed forces are both essential to states' security, yet also pose a latent threat to governments. Indeed, many more governments are overthrown by military coups d'?tat than succumbed to foreign invasions. Consequently, governments in developing states face the challenge of ensuring themselves against the risk of military interventions in politics. While the menace of military interventions in politics hangs over developing states, even advanced industrial democracies face challenges in their civil-military relations. To shed light on these issues, we will first (weeks 1-2) examine the timeless questions of civil-military relations (through classic texts) as well as how the changing nature of military organizations over time. Then, we will focus (weeks 3-6) on debates about the impact of different modes of civil-military governance in developed states. Finally, in the four final sessions (weeks 7-10), we will examine civil-military relations in developing states, devoting particular attention to the causes and consequences of military coups d'?tat.)

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass IR2006

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 1-hour lecture (x 10 weeks), 1 x 1-hour tutorial (x 10 weeks), 2 consultation hours with Coordinator (x 12 weeks). 2 hours examination feedback in week 1 of following semester.

Scheduled learning hours: 22

Guided independent study hours: 278

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module teaching staff: Dr M DeVore