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WAR AND HUMANITARIANISM (MSC)

Birkbeck, University of London

  • October, 2020 Start Date

  • 2 years Duration

  • Part Time Study Mode

  • £4175.00 Course Fee

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Course Description

War and humanitarianism are deeply embedded in the modern experience. Be it in the nineteenth-century calls for civilising war or the contemporary attempts at saving distant strangers, the conduct of organised violence and the defence of human rights cannot be separated out.

This new interdisciplinary degree analyses the complex interaction between war and humanitarianism from multiple historical, geographical, political and cultural perspectives. It approaches war as a social totality that encompasses all manner of human processes and structures, and considers humanitarianism as an increasingly pervasive ideology, informing all sorts of collective social and political activity across the world.

Taught by leading scholars in the fields of history, geography, politics, philosophy and psychosocial studies, the programme will give you advanced knowledge of the concepts, theories, histories and policy implications of war and humanitarianism in the world today.

War and humanitarianism are deeply embedded in the modern experience. Be it in the nineteenth-century calls for civilising war or the contemporary attempts at saving distant strangers, the conduct of organised violence and the defence of human rights cannot be separated out. This new interdisciplinary degree analyses the complex interaction between war and humanitarianism from...

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Course Content

You take one compulsory module, choose three option modules (all 30 credits) and write a 60-credit dissertation.

COMPULSORY MODULE

  • Fields of War and Humanitarianism

INDICATIVE OPTION MODULES

  • 'Race', Racism, Postcoloniality
  • American Foreign Policy
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation Studies: Ethics, Values and Morals
  • Cultural History of War in Britain and America between the First World War and the Conflict in Vietnam
  • Development Studies: Theoretical Approaches
  • Fascism and Psychoanalysis
  • Geopolitics, Population and Environment
  • Internationalism and International Organisations in twentieth-century Europe
  • Middle East Politics
  • Moral Responsibility (30 Credits, Level 7)
  • Morality, Nature, and Evolution
  • Nationalism and Ethno-Religious Conflict
  • Political Power
  • Sexing the Body: Psychoanalytic and other Framings
  • The Biology of Evil (30 Credits, Level 7)
  • The Idea of Freedom
  • The Political Economy of Aid
  • Violence, Conflict, Genocide: Dilemmas of the Present
  • War, Conflict and Development
  • War, Politics and Society
  • Why War? History, Psychoanalysis and Politics, c 1900-1950

MSC WAR AND HUMANITARIANISM DISSERTATION

  • Dissertation in War and Humanitarianism

 

You take one compulsory module, choose three option modules (all 30 credits) and write a 60-credit dissertation. COMPULSORY MODULE Fields of War and Humanitarianism INDICATIVE OPTION MODULES 'Race', Racism, Postcoloniality American Foreign Policy Conflict Resolution...

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Available Dates

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Birkbeck, University of London

Full Time, 1 year

October, 2020

£8350.00

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Birkbeck, University of London

Part Time, 2 years

October, 2020

£4175.00

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Entry Requirements

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification.

We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve.

Apply now to secure your place and allow enough time for the application and enrolment process. You do not need to have completed your current qualification to start your application.

COURSE SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A second-class honours degree or equivalent in a social sciences or humanities subject.

INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement for international students is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent international qualification.

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. Some courses may require higher scores, particularly in the following subject areas:

  • arts management
  • cultural studies
  • development studies
  • film and media
  • geography
  • history
  • law
  • organizational psychology
  • psychology.

Please carefully check the Course-Specific Entry Requirements on your chosen programme for details of higher English language entry requirements.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

  • Courses of more than six months' duration.
  • Courses of less than six months' duration.
  • Pre-sessional English language courses.

International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support...

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Assessment Methods

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

Where a course has unseen written examinations, these may be held termly, but, on the majority of our courses, exams are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June. Exams may be held at other times of the year as well. In most cases, exams are held during the day on a weekday - if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance - but some exams are held in the evening. Exam timetables are published online.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete...

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