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.

What happens on the course?

Indicative Course Structure (Info correct on July 2016).

Semester 1 Starters:

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
  • 4PO005 Campaigning and Citizenship: Women in Britain and its Empire 1800-1950
  • 4WL002 Basic Language
  • 4WL003 Elementary Language

C/O

  • 4GK006 Success in Higher Education
  • 4SL011 Volunteering in the Community
  • 4HU002: Popular Culture
  • 4PO006 Contemporary Capitalism
  • 4WR004 The Holocaust
  • 4WL002 Basic Language
  • 4WL003 Elementary Language

Year 2 (Level 5)

Semester 1

Semester 2

Take ONE of:

  • 5HS010 The Great War 1914-1919
  • 5WR007 Political Violence
  • 5WR006 War in Europe 1939-45

C/O

Take ONE of:

  • 5WR004 Terrorism
  • 5WR002 Battle for Normandy 1944
  • 5WR005 Virtual Warriors: The Evolution of War Gaming

Take

5PH002: Ethical Virtues, Principles and Judgement

C

Take

5PH003: Knowing the world: Language and Experience

Take ONE of:

  • 5HU001 The Enlightenment
  • 5HU003 Body Sexuality and Identity
  • 5PO006 Contemporary Britain
  • 5WL001 Basic Language
  • 5WL002 Elementary Language
  • Another module from the boxes above

C/O

Take ONE of:

  • 5SL008 Volunteering in Action:
  • 5PH001 Law, Morality and Society
  • 5WL001 Basic Language
  • 5WL002 Elementary Language
  • Another module from the boxes above

Year 2 (Level 5) PLACEMENT YEAR (Option)

5LW022: Supervised Placement Year (40 credits)

–not available if you take 5SL008

Year 3 (Level 6)

Semester 1

Semester 2

Take ONE of the following:

  • 6WR004 Trial by Fire: The American Civil War 1861 – 1865
  • 6WR007 Dreadnought to Enterprise: Maritime Warfare c.1900 to the Present Day
  • 6PO001 Democracy and Terrorism: Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland
  • 6HS013 Work Placement in the Community
  • 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, 1919-19496PO002 The Politics of the Middle East
  • 6HS013 Work Placement in the Community
  • 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language

Take:

6PH003 Freedom, Recognition and Authenticity

C

Take:

6PH002 Self and Other: The Demands of Social Justice

Take ONE of the following:

  • 6WR006 War Studies Project
  • 6PH005 Independent Study in Philosophy

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
  • 6PH005 Independent Study in Philosophy

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.

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

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.
  5. Intellectual skills for independently reasoned research, involving critical analysis and evaluation of textual arguments.
  6. Acquired capabilities that are highly valued in modern diverse working environments and demonstrate key employment skills (e.g. self-management, IT, digital literacy, enterprise, working in groups) including, an openness to reasoned dialogue with others in contexts of problem identification, analysis and response.

Entry requirements

2017 Entry

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 seehttp://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

2017/8 Home/EU International
Full time - * £11,475
Part time - *
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 2017/8. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321150

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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