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Undergraduate | GRF-HSY315 | 2024

A History of War

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Scour the history books to see how war is narrated and what it says about recording history. Delve into the ethical questions about war. Pursue a greater understanding of how it has shaped our world. Be on the lookout for war analysis’ recurring themes.

Study method
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Start dates
15 July 2024,
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Entry requirements
Prior study needed
13 weeks

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A History of War

About this subject

  • At the completion of this subject you will be able to:

    1. identify central themes in the history of war;
    2. understand the place of war in world historical context;
    3. recognise and compare the different ways in which war is narrated historically;
    4. employ analytical thinking skills and reflect critically and ethically on the above issues;
    5. apply ways of thinking about war to thinking about world history;
    6. employ analytical thinking skills and reflect critically and ethically on the above issues;
    7. analyse, evaluate and synthesise a range of historical images and texts;
    8. develop sustained, logical and informed arguments;
    9. appreciate and evaluate the variety of approaches to the  history of war;
    10. draw on a knowledge of ideas and texts to understand the complexities and dynamics of war throughout human history.

Entry requirements


Note: Level 3 subjects normally assume a moderate level of prior knowledge in this area, eg from studying related Level 1 and 2 subjects or other relevant experience.

Additional requirements

No additional requirements

Study load

0.125 EFTSL

This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

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What to study next?

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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