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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HIST2850 The Modern States System in War and Peace, 1939-60

20 creditsClass Size: 43

Module manager: Dr M Thornton
Email: M.Thornton@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

This module is not approved as an Elective

Objectives

To develop the ability to handle problems of continuity and change over time. To develop knowledge and understanding of the seminal events of the Second World War and their impact on the structure of the post-war international system. To develop the capacity to understand the relationship between economic, military, strategic and political factors in the making of foreign policy.

Skills outcomes
Enhances Common Skills listed below:

High-level skills in oral and written communication of complex ideas.
Independence of mind and self-discipline and self-direction to work effectively under own initiative.
Ability to locate, handle and synthesize large amounts of information.
Capacity to employ analytical and problem-solving abilities.
Ability to engage constructively with the ideas of their peers, tutors and published sources.
Empathy and active engagement with alternative cultural contexts.
Locating and handling relevant information/ sources in libraries/ archives/ on-line environments.
Ability to present complex ideas effectively in formal oral presentations.


Syllabus

To analyse the international states system in the context of war and peace. The transition from World War to Cold War will be analysed, and the significance of international conflict and co-operation in periods of total war and subsequent armed peace will be emphasised.

BA-International History and Politics students will have priority for places on this module.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture111.0011.00
Tutorial61.006.00
Private study hours183.00
Total Contact hours17.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Exam preparation; researching, preparing, and writing assignments; undertaking set reading; and self-directed reading around the topic. 183 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Contributions to class discussions, oral presentation component, one assessed essay.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
EssayOne 2,000 word assessed essay to be delivered Friday of week 930.00
Oral PresentationOral contribution, can be re-sat with an equivalent written exercise10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)60.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 27/03/2009

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