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Violence, War and Terrorism (PHIL90009)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePHIL90009
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Today, war is still a salient feature of international relations, while terrorism takes on ever more international character and scope. The subject will explore the philosophical - conceptual and moral - issues to do with violence, war, and terrorism. The central part of the subject will examine the main approaches to war: realism, consequentialism, just war theory, and pacifism. The subject will also discuss both the concept and the morality of terrorism, including state terrorism.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this subject will

  • have developed an understanding of the fundamentals of philosophical argumentation and theory.
  • be able to demonstrate a substantial knowledge of the area of Violence, War and Terrorism.
  • understand the theoretical sources of the key concepts in this area of study.
  • understand the application of these concepts to their professional field or study area.

Generic skills

Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • have improved their ability to integrate abstract moral and conceptual considerations with relevant empirical data;
  • have developed research and analysis skills to enable further study in the area of international justice at a higher academic level.

Last updated: 14 August 2019