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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HIST3660 The Contemporary Theory of War

40 creditsClass Size: 16

Module manager: Dr OA Hartley
Email: o.a.hartley@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

This module is not approved as an Elective

Objectives

At the completion of this module the student will be able to assess and evaluate:
- the range of debates since 1960 on understanding the character and direction of change in modern war;
- the modes of inquiry and argument employed;
- the nature of evidence supporting arguments;
- and the uses of historical materials in such considerations.

Skills outcomes
Further 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.
Plus:
Skills in interpretation and analysis of complex documentary-based material.


Syllabus

The characteristics of modern, contemporary and anticipated future war;
The lessons derived from contemporary wars and the consequences for the relationship of war to politics and society;
Contemporary Anglo-American military doctrines for national strategies, land, sea and air warfare and for new threats.

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
Seminar222.0044.00
Private study hours356.00
Total Contact hours44.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

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

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Contributions to class discussions, two assessed exercises.

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
Essay3,000 word written exercise or equivalent to be submitted by 12noon on Friday of the second week of the January examination period.25.00
Essay3,000 word written exercise or equivalent to be submitted by 12noon on Monday of the May revision week.25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

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)3 hr 50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

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: 07/05/2009

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