Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
A Century of Conflict: Global warfare 1918–2018
Academic Year
Semester 2
Mutually Exclusive
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   50%
Semester Assessment Written essay  (2,500 words)  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   50%
Supplementary Assessment Written essay  (2,500 words)  50%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the key factors, agents, and historical trends that influenced the changing shape of warfare in the period under consideration.

2. Identify and evaluate the principal conceptual debates surrounding the role of land-based, naval, and aerial forces in modern conflict.

3. Communicate information, arguments and analysis related to the challenges encountered by Western forces operating in non-Western contexts in the age of decolonization.

4. Analyse the impact of new technology – military and non-military – upon the conduct of warfare in the modern age.

5. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the legacies of the First and Second World Wars for a range of countries and their armed forces.

6. Assess the crucial developments in warfare during the period under consideration.

Brief description

This module allows students to examine the causes, conduct, and legacies of warfare from the end of the First World War to the present day. Students will consider the structure, recruitment, mobilization and deployment of armed forces since 1918, the changing nature of warfare as experienced by both military and non-military agents, and identify and illustrate trends within and changes to the role of armed forces in a diverse range of settings.


This module will draw upon a number of wars conducted in a range of scenarios, from ‘total’ wars through civil wars to wars of independence, and in a range of arenas – land, naval, and aerial. The module focuses on developments in strategic thought, operations, and tactics, alongside consideration of the relationship between warfare and politics, economics, technological change, and society in the developed and developing worlds.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Students will be given the opportunity to engage with statistics through the discussion of the relationship between war and economies.
Communication Students will learn how to present their ideas both verbally and in writing and how to present their arguments most effectively. They will understand the importance of information and clear communication and how to exploit these. They will learn to consider only that which is relevant to the topic, focus, and objectives of their argument or discussion. Seminars will be run in groups where oral discussion and presentations will form the main medium of teaching and the emphasis throughout the module will be on student participation and communication. Students will also be required 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 in which support and assistance is available from both the convener and 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 appropriate sources, compiling reading lists, and deciding (with guidance) the direction of their essay and seminar presentation topics. Group work is integral to the seminars and provides opportunities for students to reflect individually and collectively on their performance. The need to contribute to the group discussions in seminars and to meet an assessment deadline will focus students’ attentions 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 internet, as well as seeking sources through electronic information sources (e.g., Google Scholar). Students will also be expected to make use of resources made available on the AberLearn Blackboard.
Personal Development and Career planning The module is designed to hone and test skills of great value to students in their working lives, particularly in speaking within small groups and to large groups; in planning, producing, and delivering academically rigorous material both orally and in written form; in listening to, thinking about, and responding to the statements of others. Throughout the module, students will be encouraged to reflect upon their performance and to consider the future applications of lessons learned.
Problem solving Independent work and problem solving will be one central goal of the module; the submission of an essay will require that students develop independent research skills as well as problem solving skills. The need to research and prepare seminar discussion points will also enable students to develop independent project skills. The ability of students to solve problems will be developed and assessed by asking them to: adopt differing points of view; organize data and formulate an answer to a problem; reason logically; construct theoretical arguments; compare and contrast cases from different perspectives.
Research skills Students will be required to identify appropriate sources and to use them with full recognition of their strengths and weaknesses. In particular, research for their essays and seminar presentations will require careful gathering of data and information, the judicious use of such material in support of a carefully constructed and presented argument.
Subject Specific Skills Students have the opportunity to develop, practice and test a wide range of subject-specific skills that help them to understand, conceptualize and evaluate examples and ideas on the module. These skills include: collecting and understanding a wide range of data relating to the module; evaluating competing perspectives; applying a range of methodologies to complex historical and contemporary political problems.
Team work Students will undertake team exercises in the seminars. For many of the topics in this module, the seminars will consist of small-group discussions where students will be asked to discuss core issues related to the seminar topic. These class discussions and debates form a significant part of the module, and will allow students to approach and examine a range of topics through team work.


This module is at CQFW Level 5