|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Seminars / Tutorials||(3 x 2 hour seminars offered and students choose 2 from 3 seminars)|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||2 X 2,500 WORD ESSAYS 2 x 2,500 word essays||30%|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours CLOSED EXAMINATION||70%|
On completion of this module, students will have:
knowledge of the history of war and its meaning to and effects upon society across a broad historical period.
knowledge of comparative perspectives of war and society.
an ability to read analyse and reflect critically on secondary and primary texts including a range of contemporary media.
an ability to develop and sustain historical arguments, orally (non-assessed) and in writing
an ability to gather and sift appropriate items of historical evidence
an ability to work both independently and collaboratively and to participate in group discussions (non-assessed)
This survey module will offer students an overview of the development and meaning of warfare over a long period of history, from the ancient to the modern period. Students will encounter a broad range of interpretations of war and will examine a spectrum of dynamics, as they change and evolve historically. The module is thematic, within specific periods of history. Major questions raised include the origins and meaning of war and its relationship to politics, culture and economics; changes in the ways wars of fought, both in terms of strategy and tactics and in terms of technology and organisation; and the relationship between civil and military society and the changing relationship between war and society in general.
The module aims to provide students with a clear understanding of the complexity of war, in terms of its meaning, methods and impact on wider society. The module will confront a broad sweep of history in order to chart changes and continuities in the nature and impact of war and highlight comparative differences both between nations and regions and between different periods of history.
The meanings and impact of war
2. The ancient world.
3. The medieval and early modern world
4. The modern world
5. The contemporary world
The conduct of war.
6. The ancient world.
7. The medieval and early modern world
8. The modern world
9. The contemporary world
War and technological change.
10. The ancient world.
11. The medieval and early modern world
12. The modern world
13. The contemporary world
War and society.
14. The ancient world.
15. The medieval and early modern world
16. The modern world
17. The contemporary world
1 War and Society in the ancient world
2 War and Society in the medieval and early modern world
3 War and Society in the modern and contemporary world
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||Students will be presented with some statistical data during the lectures and the appropriate use of such statistics will form part of the assessment of the essays.|
|Communication||This skill will be developed through the two essays and the seminar discussions. This will be assessed as part of the essay assessment.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Essays will be returned in essay tutorials where advice will be given on improving students? research techniques and essay writing skills.|
|Information Technology||Students will be encouraged to locate suitable material on the web and to access information on CD Roms and to apply it appropriately to their own work. Students will also be encouraged to word process their work. These skills will not be assessed formally.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||This module will help develop written and oral skills. Other activities, including research, assessment of information and writing in a critical and clear manner, will further develop useful skills of analysis and presentation.|
|Problem solving||Students will be expected to identify and respond to historical problems and carry out appropriate research before the seminars and before writing essays. This will be assessed as part of the assessment of the essays|
|Research skills||These skills will be developed through the research students are expected to carry out before the seminars and for the essays. This will be assessed as part of the assessment of the essays.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Critical historical skills|
|Team work||Students will work together in seminar preparation and discussion|
Reading ListRecommended Text
A. K. Goldsworthy (1998) The Roman Army at War 100 BC - AD 200 Primo search B. Campbell (2002) War and Society in Imperial Rome:31 BC to 284 AD Primo search C. McInnes and G. Sheffield (eds) (1988) Warfare in the Twentieth Century Primo search J. A. Lynn (ed.) (1993) Feeding Mars: Logistics in Western Warfare from the Middle Ages to the Present Primo search J. Black (ed.) (2002) European Warfare 1815-2000 Primo search J. Dower (1986) War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War Primo search J. France (1999) Western Warfare in the Age of the Crusades, 1000-1300 Primo search M. Keen (ed.) (2002) Medieval Warfare. A History Primo search M. van Creveld (2000) The Art of War. War and Military Thought Primo search P. Fussell (1989) Wartime: Understanding and Behaviour in the 2nd World War Primo search P. Paret (1986) The Makers of Modern Strategy Primo search W.H. McNeill (1983) The Pursuit of Power: Technology, Armed Force and Society Since A.D. 1000 Primo search
This module is at CQFW Level 6