|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Lecture||16 X 1 hr lectures|
|Seminars / Tutorials||8 X 1 hr seminars|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||1 x 2,500 word essay||40%|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours Exam||60%|
|Supplementary Exam||Exam Students failing the module will repeat only the failed component(s); those re-sitting failed coursework are required to select a different essay/assignment title and must not submit re-written versions of the original essay/assignment.||100%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Discuss concepts such as `causation', `sources', `evidence', `historical argument' and `historiography'.
2. Discuss the character of European colonialism in the late 19th Century
3. Discuss the general interpretive approaches to the origins of the First World War
4. Discuss the nature of the First World War and its impact on the international system
5. Discuss the impact of the Russian Revolution on world politics after 1917
6. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the role of nationalism and particularly the concept of `national self-determination' in the peacemaking that followed the First World War.
7. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the general dynamics of Fascist and Nazi ideology, in particular as they relate to international relations
8. Demonstrate a sound general grasp of the impact of the Great Depression on the global system
9. Discuss the character of politics in East Asia between the two world wars and the events leading to Japan's bid for regional hegemony
10. Discuss the general historiographical debates concerning the origins of the Second World War
11. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the central elements of international politics during the Second World War
12. Discuss debates over the origins of the Cold War.
This module will introduce students to the nature and practice of international history by examining global international relations during the era of the two world wars (1914-1945).
2. The expansion of European society and world politics before 1914
3. The origins of the First World War
4. Strategy and Politics during the Great War
5. The Russian Revolution
6. Nationalism and the Paris Peace Settlement of 1919
7. European reconstruction after the First World War
8. Colonial expansion and decolonization
9. The Great Depression and international politics
10. The Rise of Fascism and Nazism
11. The Sino-Japanese War and Japan's bid for hegemony in East Asia
12. The Coming of the Second World War
13. Politics and Strategy during the Second World War
14. The Politics of Racial Annihilation
15. Empire and World War
16. The Second World War and the Origins of the Cold War.
1. The Origins of the First World War
2. The Russian Revolution
3. The 1920s and Post-War Reconstruction
4. The United States and the World between the wars
5. The origins of the Second World War in Europe
6. The Coming of War in the Pacific
7. The International Politics of the Second World War
8. The Politics of Imperialism and Decolonization.
This module has the broadest aim of tracing the evolution of the world system from 1900 through to the end of the Second World War in 1945. It assumes no previous knowledge of the period, but it will demand of the student a regular attendance at the lectures - which form the intellectual spine of the course - as well as at the eight seminars where students will be able to exchange views and test their understanding of the material.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||During the module students will be required to undertake some data collection, numerical analysis and interpretation of particular key concepts.|
|Communication||Students will learn how to articulate their ideas verbally and also to convey them in a clear and well-structured way in written form. They will, in addition, learn how to assert themselves to advantage. Seminars will be run in groups where oral discussion and teamwork will form the main medium of teaching and the emphasis throughout the module will be on student participation and communication. Students will be expected to submit their work in word-processed format and the presentation of work should reflect effective expression of ideas and good use of language skills in order to ensure clarity, coherence and effective communication.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||The module aims to promote self-management but within a context of assistance from both the convener and the fellow students alike. Students will be expected to improve their own learning and performance by undertaking their own research and to exercise their own initiative, including searching for sources, compiling reading lists, and deciding (under guidance) the direction of their essay. The need to contribute to seminar discussions and to meet an essay deadline will focus students' attention on the need to manage their time and opportunity resources well.|
|Information Technology||Students will be expected to submit their work in word-processed format. Also, students will be encouraged to search for sources of information on the web, as well as seeking sources through electronic information sources (such as BIDS and OCLC).|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Discussions in seminars, in particular, will help to develop students' verbal skills. Learning about the process of planning an essay, framing the parameters of the projects, honing and developing the projects and seeing through to completion will contribute towards their portfolio of transferable skills|
|Problem solving||Independent project work and problem solving will be one of the central goals of the module; the submission of an essay will require that the student develops independent research skills as well as problem solving skills. The need to research and prepare for seminars will also enable the student to develop independent project skills. The ability of students to solve problems will be developed and assessed in seminars by asking them to: adopt differing points of view; organize data and estimate an answer to the problem; consider extreme cases; reason logically; consider similar cases; look for patterns; divide issues into smaller problems A final examination will ensure that an assessment of the student's ability to work alone can be undertaken.|
|Research skills||The submission of an essay will reflect the independent research skills of the student. The need to locate appropriate research resources and write up the results will also facilitate research skills. Research preparation for a seminar presentation will also enable the student to develop independent project skills. A final examination will ensure that an assessment of the student's ability to work alone can be undertaken and that their understanding of key concepts is of a suitable standard to undertake honours level work.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Students will learn the basics of using historical methodology. This will entail chiefly developing the ability to use evidence in a sophisticated way to make an argument. They will also be expected to provide detailed and accurate references to their source.|
|Team work||Team work will not be a central component of this module. But students will need to learn how to interact and communicate effectively in group contexts during seminars.|
This module is at CQFW Level 4