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Unit information: War and Society in 2021/22

Unit name War and Society
Unit code HIST10045
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Dudley
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of History (Historical Studies)
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit explores the relationship between war and society across time, introducing students to a range of different wars and conflicts - including inter-state, civil and asymmetric warfare. Through a series of lectures and source-focused seminars, this unit investigates the ways in which societies shape war and conflict, and helps students to understand the dynamics of this relationship over time as well as draw comparisons across different time periods. It will explore themes such as the intellectual, social, religious and/or political frameworks which shape warfare; the practice and technologies of warfare; methods of communication and information-sharing in wartime; the militarization of gender; identity construction (of self, other, victim, nation, the enemy) in wartime; and the legacy of warfare and memory practices and cultures.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Successful students will be able to:

  1. Identify and analyse key themes and concepts in the history of warfare and its interactions with society
  2. Discuss and evaluate these themes within appropriate historiographical debates that surround the topic
  3. Interpret primary sources and select pertinent evidence in order to illustrate specific and more general historical points
  4. Present their research and judgements in written forms and styles appropriate to the discipline and to level C.
  5. Demonstrate a global and comparative perspective on the political, economic, social, cultural, and technological changes associated with the history of warfare

Teaching Information

Classes will involve a combination of long- and short-form lectures, class discussion, investigative activities, and practical activities. Students will be expected to engage with readings and participate on a weekly basis. This will be further supported with drop-in sessions and self-directed exercises with tutor and peer feedback.

Assessment Information

Summative Assessments:

1 x 1000-word Essay (33%) [ILOs 1-5]

1 x 2000-word Essay (67%) [ILOs 1-5]


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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