This specialised course combines the history, philosophy and ethics of war. The degree is wide-ranging in its scope and will include studies drawn from the ancient world, the medieval, early modern and modern periods and across a broad range of subjects.
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University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Why choose this course?
- A wide range of modules, focusing on lots of different places, themes, subjects and people, from Haig to Hitler, Alexander to the A-Bomb, and Caesar to Churchill
- A chance to study war and conflict across a broad sweep of history, all the way back to antiquity through to the Middle Ages and right up to the present day
- Space for independent thinking and opportunities to pursue your own favourite topics and interests
- Hands-on approach and innovative immersive teaching in small groups and one-to-one tutorials
- A chance to combine your studies with modules from other humanities subjects
What you will learn
The Conflict and War programme introduces students to the history of warfare from the ancient world all the way through to the modern period. It considers the nature of warfare, the ethics and morality of killing, the literature of war and theories of war and strategy.
The degree is an opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of an exciting subject through specialist modules and independent research, where you can further explore conflict according to your own personal interests.
Relevant modules offered include:
- Age of Empire: The Colonial Project and the Humanities
- Age of Extremes: A World at War, c. 1914–1991
- Age of Revolution: Transformation and Change in Europe and Beyond, c. 1789–1848
- Archives: Practice and Operation (Roderic Bowen Library and Archives)
- Britain and the Great War
- Exploring Muslim Societies in the Modern World
- From Empire to Nation: Modern History of China
- How Soon Is Then? Thatcher, Reagan and the Legacies of the 1980s
- In the Beginning was Napoleon: State, Economy and Nation-Building in Europe, c. 1815–1914
- Islam in the West
- Putting the Past to Work: Heritage-Led Regeneration and Place-Making
- Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Understanding the Enlightenment
- The Modern Middle East: Religion, Culture and Politics
- The Political System of the People’s Republic of China
- Using the Past to Serve the Present: History, Historiography and Heritage in the Chinese World
- Warfare: Theory, Strategy and Ethics
The programme is assessed in a variety of ways. It will include several of the following type of assessment: essays of 1,000 to 4,000 words in length, document analysis, book/ journal reviews, short reports and reflective journals, time tests, seen and unseen exams, field journals, posters, group and individual presentations, dissertations of 10,000 words, wikis, commentaries and film evaluations.
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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.
You will develop powers of analysis, logical thought and evidence-based argument within a supportive and encouraging environment. These skills of communication, understanding, analysis and self-management will provide you with a passport into employment and/or further study.
Modern History equips students for jobs in fields such as museum and archive work, journalism, law, banking, local politics, all types of administrative work, marketing and advertising, and teaching. At Lampeter, we have a strong track record of helping students progress to postgraduate study in Modern History – both at MA and PhD level.
Career routes for Conlifcy and War graduates include:
- Armed Forces
- Heritage (library, archives, museum, tourism)
- Law and advocacy
- Local government
- Postgraduate research
The Faculty has estimated on the assumption that students buy new copies of the books. Students may also choose to spend money on printing drafts of work.
Students may spend up to £300 per year on books and additional related materials.
Students are expected to submit 2 hard copies of their final project, the estimated cost for binding these is £20.
Optional Field trip
Faculty works to ensure that there are a range of fieldwork and field trip options available both locally and internationally. Thus students can opt to take either more expensive or less expensive placements. The Faculty subsidises these but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. Below are the upper end of expected costs based on where students have currently done placements.
- Fieldwork (depending on where the student decides to do fieldwork): c. £500 - £1,500
- Individual trips: c. £5 - £50
Rory (BA Conflict & War)
"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"
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