|Module Title||THE BRITISH ARMY SINCE 1945|
|Co-ordinator||Professor Colin McInnes|
|Semester||Intended for use in future years|
|Next year offered||N/A|
|Next semester offered||N/A|
|Course delivery||Lecture||18 Hours 18 x 1 hour|
|Tutorial||3 Hours 3 x 1 hour|
|Assessment||Group presentation||Team presentations||20%|
|Essay||2 x 2,500 word essays - 40% each essay||80%|
In 1945 the British Army faced a series of challenges: the nuclear age; substantial commitments and diminishing resources; and whether to continue the 'continental commitment' , or to revert to the more traditional overseas emphasis. Continuing pressure on resources, the emergence of guerrilla movements, and the Soviet threat dominated the next 25 years until, in the late 1960s, Denis Healey's defence reviews appeared to resolve these tensions. New problems soon appeared, however, not least in Northern Ireland, while resource constraints continued to affect defence policy. In the 1990s, the end of the cold war required the Army to find a new focus in peacekeeping/humanitarian operations, while the Gulf War suggested the continued requirement for a modern and highly capable Army.
The module is taught through a series of lectures and team presentations on case studies. These presentations (usually by a team of three) are supported by tutorials and specialist lectures on presentation techniques and are designed both as an innovative teaching method and to provide transferable skills in presentation techniques.
10 ECTS Credits