DSCY10050 War: Ancient and modern

Academic Year 2020/2021

Wars and armed conflicts remain a subject of great topicality. From the Middle East to Africa conflicts of different sizes and levels of intensity continue, while in Eastern Europe, the possibility of war remains a permanent threat.
War has shaped much of the past and present but it has changed its character over time. This module will introduce students to the changing character of war from ancient times to the present, highlighting the latest research results on a large variety of conflicts and themes: wars, piracy and civil wars in the ancient world, the Viking conquests in Europe, the Crusades, the Wars of Religion, the Napoleonic Wars of the 19th century, the total wars of the 20th century and the current crisis in the Middle East. The module combines insights from history, classics, politics, medicine and sociology. Together, faculty from these diverse disciplines will introduce some of the latest research on the topic, including aspects of violence and gender, medical responses to the outbreaks of war and the new wars on terror in today s Middle East.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students:
1. will be able to critique texts on war drawing on the methods used by historians, sociologists, and political scientists, among others;
2. understand the major historical changes in the nature and context of war since the earliest times of human history;
3. will appreciate a variety of analytic techniques used by researchers investigating human conflict;
4. will have improved their academic writing skills.

Indicative Module Content:

Lecture 1: Introduction

Lecture 2: Warfare in Ancient Greece: From Citizen Soldiers to Hellenistic Kingdoms

Lecture 3: The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire

Lecture 4: The Vikings: A World of Warriors?

Lecture 5: The Crusades

Lecture 6: From the Wars of Religion to Napoleon s Revolutionary Wars

Lecture 7: Total Wars: From Bismarck to Hitler

Lecture 8: European Art and Literature in the Age of Total Wars, 1914-1945

Lecture 9: Why Are Wars so Gendered?

Lecture 10: Contemporary Conflict in the Middle East

There will be a reading week in each semester.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Lectures

22

Specified Learning Activities

45

Autonomous Student Learning

45

Total

112

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Students will learn through a combination of lectures, group discussions, and the completion of dedicated assignments such as research essays. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
 
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: See Handbook for details. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No

30

Assignment: 2,000 word research essay Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No

70


Carry forward of passed components
No
 
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat Within Two Trimesters
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Individual feedback is offered by email or in person throughout the semester and after the research essay.

Name Role
Dr Chiara Tedaldi Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

Please note: this module is available to Stage 1 undergraduate students. Therefore, teaching in the Autumn trimester will commence from the week beginning 28 September 2020. 
Autumn
       
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Mon 18:00 - 19:50 Online
Autumn
       
Spring
       
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 Mon 18:00 - 19:50 Face to Face
Spring