Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Warfare in the 20th Century:Technology and Strategy
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 9 x 1 Hour Seminars
Lecture 22 x 1 Hour Lectures


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Seminar performance  20%
Semester Assessment 1 x 2,500 word essay  40%
Semester Assessment 1 x 2,500 word essay  40%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 1,500 words assignment in lieu of seminar performance  20%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 2,500 word essay if essay element failed  40%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 2,500 word essay if essay element failed  40%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

At the end of the module students should be able to:

- identify and discuss the key theories of naval warfare developed in the twentieth century.
- outline the impact of changing technology upon the conduct of war at sea.
- outline the evolution of thinking about land/air warfare from the First World War on, with particular attention to theories of manoeuvre warfare and attritional warfare.
- discuss the impact of nuclear weapons and guided missile technology upon strategy and the battlefield.
- outline the development of air power and discuss the theory and practice of strategic bombing

Brief description

This module examines the evolution of warfare in the twentieth century. It focuses on developments in military technology and how these affected the strategy and conduct of war.


The aim of the module is to discuss the evolution of modern warfare, and in particular the relationship between developments in technology and the conduct of modern war.


The module considers air, land and sea power in three broad historical periods: the late C19 through to the end of the First World War when strategists were forced to think about the impact of industrialisation upon the conduct of war; the inter-war years and the Second World War, when mechanisation and the increased use of air power began to affect military strategy and operations; and the post-war period when rapid technological change, and particularly the development of nuclear and precision guided weapons, affected the character of war.

Transferable skills

Students will have the opportunity to develop, practice and test a wide range of transferable skills which will help them to understand, conceptualise and evaluate examples and ideas. Throughout the module, students should practice and enhance their reading, comprehension and thinking skills, as well as self management skills. In lectures students will develop listening and note taking skills, as well as analytical skills. In seminars students will enhance their analytical skills and will practice listening, explaining and debating skills, as well as team work and problem solving. Essay writing will encourage students to practice their independent research, writing and IT skills.

10 ECTS credits


This module is at CQFW Level 6