BA Conflict and War
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The programme in Conflict and War will introduce students to the history of warfare from the ancient world all the way through to the modern period. It will also consider the nature of warfare, the ethics and morality of killing, the literature of war and the theories of war and strategy.
The degree is an opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of an exciting subject through specialised conflict modules and independent research modules, where you can further explore conflict according to your own personal interests.
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Conflict and War allows you to study a part of history rarely focussed on within school. The varied topics and small class size makes this a thoroughly enjoyable degree programme
The BA in Conflict and War will introduce students to a range of subjects and topics related to war, warfare and the history of conflict. The course is wide-ranging in its scope and will include studies drawn from the ancient world, the medieval period, the early modern and the modern. The programme is able to draw upon a broad collection of expertise from across snumerous subjects which include Philosophy, History, Ancient History, Archaeology, English, Theology and Medieval Studies, to create an innovative, broadly-based and interdisciplinary course.
Running through the programme will be several subject threads. For example, the ethics of war and its nature, including various theories surrounding what is warfare, will be introduced to students at level 4 in the module Ethics and Theories of Warfare, then explored further at level 5 in the History and Theory of Genocide and then at level 6 in Terrorism. Similarly the literature of war will be introduced in the first year in the module War in History, then in the second year with War literature and then Wars of the Roses at level 6.
Thus running through each level is an analysis of war during the ancient, medieval and ancient and modern period that comes at the topic from a different direction and perspective. In other words, the programme will offer a rich, broad-based and inter-disciplinary engagement with the history, nature and ethics of conflict.
Typical modules include:
- Theories and Ethics of War
- War in History
- Wars of the Roses
- Defenders, Conquerors and Vanquished
- War, politics and society, 1774-1945
- Battlefield Archaeology
- Knights and Castles
- War Literature
- Roman Imperialism
- Armies and Navies: studies in ancient Warfare
- History and theory of Genocide
Reasons to choose this course include:
- Students on the course have the advantage of studying in a region particularly well served by battle sites, castles and the remains/echoes of conflict.
- Various opportunities for study visits and field trips, including such places as national parks, sites of battles, world war two installations, local heritage centres, museums, such as the military museum in Brecon (home of the South Wales Borderers whose most famous action was at Rorke’s Drift in 1876), the National Library of Wales, castles and cathedrals.
- Students will be able to study a variety of different subjects, battles and events relating to war and warfare over a broad sweep of history.
- Small classes with interactive learning.
- Opportunity to construct your own degree scheme.
- Training in historical research methods.
- Use of local record office and museum resources.
The course draws upon a range of different forms and approaches that include a variety of written formats, from essays (ranging from 1,500 words up to 3,500 words in length), book reviews, literature surveys, short 1,000-word analyses, reflective journals, document analysis, palaeography, to oral presentations delivered both in a group and individually, and both seen and unseen examinations.
In addition to summative assessments the programme also undertakes a range of formative assessments that may include one or more of the following: peer assessed work, group presentations, journals, internet searches, document analysis, and bibliographic exercises.
Learning and Teaching methods
Teaching methods are designed to provide interest, variety and academic curiosity. Seminars, workshops and small group work are our principal means of teaching, though supported by lectures, field trips, revision and study groups. We also offer one-to-one tutorials in which you can discuss aspects of your own written work, such as help with the structuring of essays, or writing technique or feedback advice on a specific assignment.
Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.
The Careers Service subscribes to a range of careers databases and networks to ensure that you benefit from having access to the latest information. The Careers team is able to help you to identify and plan your career by matching your interests and course of study to relevant jobs. The service also includes assistance with writing applications and CVs, interview techniques, Professional Development Planning (PDP), as well as general careers counselling for individuals and groups. More specifically the course offers employment opportunities in the following areas:
- Armed forces
- The heritage sector
- Museum and archival work
- Tourism and heritage management
- The civil service
- Local government administration
- Business and finance
UK/EU Tuition Fees
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Bursaries and Scholarships
You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.
Visiting the University
For any students considering studying BA Chinese Civilisation and History at UWTSD it is worthwhile attending a Visit Day or Open Day. You can take a tour of the Lampeter campus, meet some students, and question the lecturers to get a comprehensive understanding of the university and its teaching. To find out more about forthcoming dates visit the Open Day and Visit Day pages.