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Conflict, War and Society (BA) — Distance Learning

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The BA Conflict, War and Society programme covers the history of warfare while offering a broader conceptualisation of conflict by exploring issues such as civil disobedience, the ethics of violence and peace movements.

PATHWAY OPTIONS AND HOW TO APPLY

Conflict, War and Society
Apply via UCAS. Code: CWS1.

Conflict, War and Society with Foundation Year
Apply via UCAS. Code: CWS8.

Please apply via UCAS to study on a full-time basis. For part-time study, please apply directly through the University using the 'Apply Direct – Part Time' button at the top of this page.


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Tuition Fees 2022/23:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course?

  1. Distance learning offers a flexible approach to studying.
  2. This programme is taught to you via our unique distance-learning platform, so you can carry on working and keep up with your family commitments while you study for your BA degree.
  3. The opportunity for online seminars.
  4. Support from a personal tutor.
  5. Modules based on lecturers' distinctive research expertise.

What you will learn

Course Overview

BA Conflict, War and Society explores the various ways conflict and war have shaped societies throughout history, from the ancient period to the present day.

The programme takes a holistic approach to studying the impact of conflict in a range of chronological and geographical contexts. It includes modules that focus on major conflicts such as the World Wars, while also introducing students to broader topics such as civil disobedience, peace movements and the ethics of violence.

Students gain exposure to how war is studied in different academic disciplines, including ancient, medieval and modern history but also philosophy, media studies, archaeology and heritage studies. As such, the programme gives students a rounded appreciation of the history of warfare and its contemporary significance in the 21st-century world.

Module Topics

Year One – Level 4 (CertHE, DipHE & BA)

  • ‘Pathways to Evil’: Genocide – History, Theory and Denial (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Academic Skills (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Age of Extremes: A World at War, c. 1914–1991 (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Conflict and War: Theory, Ethics, Practice (20 credits; compulsory)  
  • Introduction to Ethics (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Power and Inequality (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Two – Level 5 (DipHE & BA)

Year A Entry

  • Britain and the Great War (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Concepts of Peace: Movements, Ideas, Practices (20 credits; compulsory)  
  • Crusading in the Middle Ages (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Heritage and Archaeology of Conflict (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Studies in Ancient Warfare (20 credits; compulsory)
  • The Ethics of Violence (20 credits; compulsory).

Year B Entry

  • Civil Disobedience and the State (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Sun Tzu's Arts of War (20 credits; compulsory)
  • The Ethics of Life and Death (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Tyranny and Revolution in the Ancient World (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Enemies Within and Without: Thatcher, Reagan and the End of the Post-War Consensus (20 credits; compulsory)
  • War and Cinema (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Three – Level 6 (BA)

Year A Entry

  • Britain and the Great War (20 credits; optional)
  • Concepts of Peace: Movements, Ideas, Practices (20 credits; optional)  
  • Crusading in the Middle Ages (20 credits; optional)
  • Dissertation (40 credits; compulsory)
  • Heritage and Archaeology of Conflict (20 credits; optional)
  • Studies in Ancient Warfare (20 credits; optional)
  • The Ethics of Violence (20 credits; optional).

Year B Entry

  • Civil Disobedience and the State (20 credits; optional)
  • Dissertation (40 credits; compulsory)
  • Enemies Within and Without: Thatcher, Reagan and the End of the Post-War Consensus (20 credits; optional)
  • Sun Tzu's Arts of War (20 credits; optional)
  • The Ethics of Life and Death (20 credits; optional)
  • Tyranny and Revolution in the Ancient World (20 credits; optional)
  • War and Cinema (20 credits; optional).

Prospective students should be aware of the following:

  • Not all optional modules are offered every year
  • Optional modules are delivered subject to sufficient student numbers
  • Language modules are optional/compulsory/core according to linguistic ability
  • There are many Level 5 and Level 6 versions of the same module. Students can only take this module once; this depends on which year the modules are offered in.
Assessment

Assessment will primarily be via coursework assignments.

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

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.

Career Opportunities

You will develop powers of analysis, logical thought and argument within a supportive and encouraging environment. It will be these skills of communication, understanding, analysis and self-management that provide you with a passport into employment. Types of employment could include museum and archive work, journalism, law, banking, local politics, all types of administrative work, marketing and advertising, and teaching.

Additional Costs

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 student decides to do fieldwork): c. £500 - £1,500

Individual trips: c. £5 - £50

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