Kings College London

Centre for Military Ethics

As the military operating environment grows ever more complex and the weapons systems available to combatants become more lethal, so too must the skills and education available to combatants evolve if they are to operate effectively within this environment.

Combatants must be equipped not only with expertise in the technical use of their tools, but also with the cognitive skills needed to make ethical evaluations and judgements, often in extreme situations. New types of conflict are raising new ethical challenges for protecting those finding themselves in harm's way.

7 mins

Dr David Whetham introduces the King's College Centre for Military Ethics: the basic concepts of military ethics, why military ethics matter, and the organisation...

13 mins

Lt Gen (Red) Professor Martin Bricknell introduces the subject of Military Medical Ethics. This short presentation covers some of the ethical challenges that military...

1.6 hours

In this module Dr David Whetham will guide you through the Just War Tradition from its beginnings, through its development, to the challenges it faces in the 21st...

4.7 hours

The course aims to help military commanders, and those interested in working with the military, understand why cultural property is important and how it can be...

3.6 hours

This module is designed to take you past the theory and into the gritty world of applied military ethics. In the first two sections we will build a model of why...

3.5 hours

The theme of this module is the link between winning the war and winning the peace, and how and why one does not always lead to the other.

3 mins

This course is not currently available to people studying independently. It is designed to help institutions that deliver professional military education around...

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