The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)War Studies

Why choose this course?

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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What happens on the course?

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.

Level 4 (1) NB All modules are 20 credit

C

4WR003 War and the Modern World

C

4WR002Thinking about War and Peace

C

4HS001 The Pursuit of History

C

4PO002 Introduction to International Relations

O

Take ONE of:

· 4GK006 Success in HE

· 4GK009 The Holocaust

· 4PL012 Contemporary British Military Conflicts

· 4WL002 Basic Language

· 4WL003 Elementary Language

O

Take ONE of:

· 4GK 010 Contemporary Capitalism

· 4GK004 Volunteering in the Community

· 4GK006 Success in Higher Education

· 4WL002 Basic Language

· 4WL003 Elementary Language


Level 5 (2) NB All modules are 20 credit

O

You must take TWO of :

5WR006 War in Europe 1939-45

5WR005Virtual Warriors

5HS004Spanish Civil War

5HS010 The Great War

O

You must take TWO of :

5WR002Battle for Normandy 1944

5HS001 Cold War

5WR004 Terrorism

O

Take ONE Of:

5GK015 Contemporary Britain

5WL001 Basic Language

5WL002 Elementary Language

Another additional level 5 module from the box above

Take ONE of:

5GK014 Genocide and the Emergence of Modern Human Rights

5GK005 Volunteering in Action

5WL001 Basic Language

5WL002 Elementary Language

Another additional level 5 module from the box above

Level 6 (3)

O

  • Take ONE of the following:
  • 6WR004 Trial by Fire: The American Civil War 1861 – 1865

· 6PO001 Democracy and Terrorism: Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland

· 6PO005Security and Integration in the New Europe

· 6WR002 Citizen Soldiers

  • 6WR007 Dreadnought to Enterprise: Maritime Warfare c.1900 to the Present Day

· 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language

O

Take two of the following

6WR001 Conflict Resolution in the Modern World

6HS001 America: The rise of a superpower 1890-1945

6WR005 Barbarisation of Warfare

6HS010: Germany, 1919-1949

6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language

O

Take ONE of the following:

· 6WR006 War Studies Project

· 6GK008: Business Community Link

O

Take ONE of the following:

· 6WR006 War Studies Project

· 6GK008: Business Community Link

O

· One more module from the list above (two if project taken in semester 2)

· One more module from the list above (if project module taken in semester 1)

Why Wolverhampton?

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.

Career path

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.

What skills will you gain?

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.

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

  • 240-280 UCAS points with a minimum of 180 points from at least two ‘A’ levels
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM, BTEC QCF Diploma grade DD
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at http://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780
2015/6 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,050
Part time # £2,725

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 2016/7. 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.

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

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