BA(Hons) War Studies

BA(Hons) War Studies

When and where can I study this course?

Location Study mode Duration Start date Apply
Wolverhampton City Campus Full-time 3 year(s) 06/10/2014 APPLY VIA UCAS
Wolverhampton City Campus Part-Time 5/6 year(s) 06/10/2014 APPLY DIRECTLY
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Aims

This highly topical course focuses on the debates and developments related to war; its causes, uses and how it may be avoided or concluded. You will develop and sustain debates on the strategic, ethical and philosophical uses of war in both historical and contemporary settings. As well as subject-specific knowledge, you will develop a wide range of key transferable skills including enhanced communication and analytical and technological proficiency. The degree encourages you to become digitally literate and intellectually curious, with the capacity to work both independently and as part of a wider team to understand, develop and apply solutions to both theoretical and practical problems.

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Employability

A wide variety of careers are open to graduates of War Studies including serving in the armed forces, teaching, local government, management and the heritage industry. A notable proportion of graduates have also undertaken postgraduate education in recent years, studying for Masters and PhD degrees.

Content

Year 1 introduces you to some of the main theories and debates that underpin the discipline of War Studies with modules such as ‘War and the Modern World’ and ‘Thinking about War and Peace’. You will develop the skills necessary for historical analysis and explore the main debates related to international relations and international politics.

Year 2 examines some of the following issues: the tactics and effectiveness of counterinsurgency; the use of war gaming for military and recreational purposes; the causes and threat of terrorism and the history of the Cold War. In addition, you will look at certain conflicts and events in more depth such as the Battle for Normandy (including a week-long field trip) and the Spanish Civil War.

Year 3 gives you the opportunity to select from a variety of options that include: conflict resolution; propaganda; Germany 1929-1949; Britain and the aeroplane, the barbarisation of warfare; the American civil war; the rise of the USA as a superpower; the politics of the Middle East, democracy and terrorism and security and integration in Europe. You will also undertake a research-based project.

Entry

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Outcomes

As a graduate of this course you will:

  • have an awareness and understanding of the strategic, ethical and philosophical theories underpinning the subject
  • have an understanding of the varieties of approaches to analysing the concept of war and war’s implications
  • be familiar with a variety of war-related case studies
  • be able to address historical and contemporary problems in-depth using primary and secondary sources
  • be able to analyse and critique information and apply knowledge in an enterprising way
  • have enhanced levels of digital literacy.

Why WLV?

As the longest running undergraduate War Studies degree programme in the UK, you will be taught by recognised experts with a proven and respected research and publications record. You will benefit from an innovative and evolving curriculum which will develop your skills in critical analysis, debate, reasononing and composition. You can also visit the landmark of the famous "Battle of Normandy" on our annual field trip.

Fees

2015/6 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 - *

2015/6 Fees for this course have not yet been agreed. As a guide please find below fees for last year.

2014/5 Home/EU International
Full time £8,900 £10,700
Part time # £2,645

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2014/5. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321137

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

* We are currently unable to confirm these fees.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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