What causes armed conflict in the world today? Examine current thinking on this critical question with this free online course.

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Causes of War
  • Duration6 weeks
  • Weekly study4 hours
  • CertificatesAvailable

This free online course will introduce you to current thinking on the causes of armed conflict in the world today. It looks at a range of modern and historical conflicts and draws on a variety of theories and approaches. It will appeal to anyone with an interest in world affairs.

Over six weeks you will:

  • Define what war is and what it is not
  • Familiarise yourself with both Liberal and Realist theories of international relations
  • Explore arguments about the causes of inter-state and non-state wars (such as insurgencies and revolutions), both historical and current
  • Use evidence to evaluate different theories of war

The course will help you develop your capacity for independent learning and increase your understanding of conflict and international affairs.

You will learn with Dr David Easter, academic lead for War Studies Online, Department of War Studies, King’s College London.

The course features lecturers from the Department including Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, official historian of the Falklands War, and foreign policy advisor to former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

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Who is the course for?

No special knowledge or previous experience of studying is required: the course is pitched at undergraduate level.

Who will you learn with?

Dr David Easter is Lecturer in War Studies Online at King’s College London and Academic Director of the online MA programme War in the Modern World.

Who developed the course?

King's College London

King’s College London, established in 1829 and a founding college of the University of London, is one of the world’s leading research and teaching universities, based in the very heart of London.

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