The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)War Studies and Philosophy

Why choose this course?

The War Studies and Philosophy integrated joint course enables graduates to draw on both disciplines, using critical reasoning developed within Philosophy to engage with the debates and developments related to war, its causes, uses and how it may be avoided or concluded. The course will enable graduates to sustain debates on the strategic, ethical and philosophical uses of war in both historical and contemporary settings as well as examine wider philosophical issues about the body, gender and identity.

As well as subject-specific knowledge, graduates will develop a wide range of key transferable skills including enhanced communication, analytical and technological proficiency. The degree encourages individuals 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.

Such skills equip our graduates to use their knowledge in enterprising and profitable ways in their chosen careers and develop their roles within the wider community.

Prospective students can find a recommended reading list for our courses here.

What happens on the course?

The core first year modules lay the foundations for War Studies and Philosophy, in an introduction to theoretical and methodological approaches. The ethical strand which runs through the course is introduced in ‘thinking ethically’ and ‘thinking about war and peace’.

In the second and third years, students simultaneously explore philosophical, practical and moral issues. There are year-long modules in ‘Law, Morality and Society’ and ‘The Age of Total War, 1914-1945’.Students also have the opportunity to take modules such as 'Freedom, Recognition and Authenticity'; 'Philosophy of Mind'; 'Self and Other'; and issues such as the tactics and effectiveness of counterinsurgency; the use of war gaming; the causes and threat of terrorism; conflict resolution; propaganda; the barbarisation of warfare; and to study particular conflicts in more depth with modules related to the American civil war, the battle for Normandy, Germany 1929-1949 and the Spanish Civil War. All students will also undertake an extended project in their final year, with the help of a supervisor.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Semester 1

Semester 2

4WR003 War and the modern world

C

4WR002 Thinking about War and Peace

4PH002 Introduction to Philosophy

C

4PH003 Thinking Ethically

4GK006 Success in Higher Education

4GK005 Campaigning and Citizenship: Women in Britain and its Empire 1800-1950

4GK009 The Holocaust

4WL002 Basic Language

4WL003 Elementary Language

C/O

4GK006 Success in Higher Education

4GK004 Volunteering in the Community

4HU002: Popular Culture

4WL002 Basic Language

4WL003 Elementary Language

Year 2 (Level 5)

Semester 1

Semester 2

Take ONE of:

· 5WR006 War in Europe 1939-45

· 5WR005Virtual Warriors

· 5HS010 The Great War 1914-1919

C/O

Take ONE of:

· 5WR002 Terrorism

· 5WR002Battle for Normandy 1944

5PH002: Ethical Virtues, Principles and Judgement

C

5PH003: Knowing the world: Language and Experience

Take ONE of:

5HU001 The Enlightenment

5HU003 Body Sexuality and Identity

5GK015 Contemporary Britain

5WL001 Basic Language

5WL002 Elementary Language

C/O

Take ONE of:

5GK005 Volunteering in Action: Making a difference in your Community

5PH001 Law, Morality and Society

5GK015 Contemporary Britain

5WL001 Basic Language

5WL002 Elementary Language

Year 3 (Level 6)

Semester 1

Semester 2

Take:

6PH003 Freedom, Recognition and Authenticity

Or

6PH006 Philosophy of Mind (offered in rotation)

C

Take:

6PH002 Self and Other: The Demands of Social Justice

Or

6PH006 Philosophy of Mind (offered in rotation)

Take ONE of the following:

  • 6WR004 Trial by Fire: The American Civil War 1861 – 1865

· 6WR002: Citizen Soldiers

  • 6WR007 Dreadnought to Enterprise: Maritime Warfare c.1900 to the Present Day
  • 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language

C/O

Take ONE of the following:

  • 6WR001 Conflict Resolution in the Modern World
  • 6WR005 The Barbarisation of Warfare
  • 6HS010: Germany, 1919-1949
  • 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language

Take ONE of the following:

· 6WR006 War Studies Project

Or

· 6PH005 Independent Study in Philosophy

OR

if you are taking a Philosophy project in semester 2; take one more module from the War Studies level 6 options above; if you are taking a War Studies project in Sem 2 take 6MZ012 Global Media /Global Culture

C/O

Take ONE of the following:

· 6WR006 War Studies Project

Or

· 6PH005 Independent Study in Philosophy

Or

if you have taken a Philosophy project in semester 1, take one more module from the War Studies level 6 options above; if you took a War Studies Project in semester 1 take 6PO003 Political Theory

Why Wolverhampton?

The advantages of studying War Studies and Philosophy at Wolverhampton include:

  • Being taught by recognised experts with a proven and respected research and publications record.
  • A well established and resourced course, which is the longest running undergraduate War Studies degree programme in the University
  • An innovative and evolving curriculum which includes field trip opportunities
  • The opportunity to listen to internationally renowned scholars through the Royal Institute of Philosophy public lecture series hosted by the university.

Comment from our External Examiner on provision:

For Philosophy:

"The curriculum is very well designed with material which meets the requirements of philosophical rigour and contemporary relevance. It is suitably orientated to cater for the interests of the students on the joint honours program. As in previous years it is evident that significant and sustained attention has been devoted to thinking about how to teach content in a way which encourages student engagement".

What our students think

“My philosophical education has nurtured my cognitive powers to levels of intensity and endurance I would never have thought myself capable of. Also, the enthusiasm of the lecturers has played an integral part in my coming to appreciate that the journey to new ways of seeing the world is as pleasurable as the destination itself.” Andres Del Cisne (Graduate 09)

Career path

The War Studies and Philosophy integrated joint will enhance an individual’s career prospects. Previous graduates have gone into a wide variety of careers including serving in the armed forces, teaching, journalism, 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?

A successful graduate from this course will be able to demonstrate:

1. an awareness and understanding of the strategic, ethical and moral theories underpinning both War Studies and Philosophy;

2. familiarity with specialized philosophical vocabulary. This entails the ability to draw connections between ideas, concepts, arguments and theories within Philosophy, between Philosophy and War Studies, and in practical contexts;

3. an ability to address historical and contemporary problems in depth using primary and secondary sources of relevance to War Studies and Philosophy;

4. the capacity to present, in both oral and written forms, a clear and well-structured assessment of relevant considerations; and an openness to reasoned dialogue with others in contexts of problem identification, analysis and response;

5. intellectual skills for independently reasoned research, involving critical analysis and evaluation of textual arguments; 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 National 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.
  • Successful completion of the foundation year of our BA (Hons) Law and Social Sciences with Foundation Year guarantees entry on to this course
  • International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at http://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Social Sciences guarantees entry on to this course

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

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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