Fighting the Second World War: British strategy, politics and campaigns, 1939-1945 ADED11698

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Ranging across strategic, political and military realms, this course explores selected aspects of Britain and the Second World War, with particular emphasis on the war in Europe. Topics covered include Britain's role in the outbreak of the war, Churchill's rise to power, the Battle of Britain, the Strategic bombing offensive, and D-Day. We will engage with primary sources as well as the latest historiography to challenge enduring national myths.


Semester 2

2 hours per week for 10 weeks

Wednesday, 19:00 -21:00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





1/ An essay of 1,500 words (75%)

2/ An oral presentation: script length equivalent to 1-1.5 pages (5 minutes in length): (25%)

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Provide an introduction to selected aspects of the Second World War, including strategic and foreign relations. 

■ Introduce key issues and debates in the history of the Second World War and Britain at that time including the British approach to the war.

■ Provide students with an opportunity to explore and analyse a variety of primary and secondary source materials.


Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Assess the impact of political and strategic decisions on the Second World War and to then evaluate whether the decisions were correct.

■ Assess the background of military campaigns, both in their political and social contexts.

■ Communicate effectively the British approach to the Second World War and assess the contribution of its efforts to the eventual victory.

■ Evaluate primary and secondary source material relevant to the Second World War.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.