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The History Of War (Module)

Module description

*Please note that although all module information is correct for the 2017/18 academic year, it is subject to change for future academic years.


The aims of the module are:

  • To provide a systematic introduction to the history of modern warfare from its late medieval, European origins
  • To explore the various social, cultural, political and military forces that have driven the emergence of modern war
  • To foster an appreciation of the centrality of war to history more broadly
  • To introduce students to current approaches to the study of war in history
  • To practice the analytical and practical skills required to create and interpret knowledge in the field of the history of war
  • To encourage critical engagement with historical sources and originality of thought on the basis of primary research

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to demonstrate:

  • A critical understanding of the emergence of modern warfare and the conceptual challenges involved in its study
  • An ability to evaluate critically scholarly research in the field to the standard of a professional book review
  • Advanced critical engagement with the intellectual approaches and methodologies adopted on a chosen theme
  • An ability to establish appropriate approaches to the evaluation and analysis of primary documentation
  • Self-direction through the conception and completion of a piece of individual research

Staff information

Dr Alan James*

Teaching pattern

Typically, 1 credit equates to 10 hours of work. For a Full Year 40-credit module, this will equate to 40 hours of teaching time (2 hours per week) with 360 hours of self study.

Module assessment - more information

Coursework only*

Key information

Module code 7SSWM149

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework

Credit value 40

Semester Full-year

Study abroad module No