International Relations and the Outbreak of World War One HIST4199

  • Academic Session: 2017-18
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will examine the long term origins of the First World War and will focus on the period from around 1900 to the July crisis of 1914. It will pay considerable attention to European Imperial ambitions and conflicts and the role of these in the lead up to the outbreak of war as well as international relations more broadly.


This course will be offered at least twice weekly via lectures and/or seminars and taught as scheduled in MyCampus

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements  Completion of History 1A and History 1B achieving a grade of D3 or better; completion of 2 level 2 History courses achieving a grade of B3 or better in one and C3 or better in the other; an overall average grade of C3 or better for all history courses taken


Recommended Entry Requirements

Excluded Courses



Assessment: One essay (1500-2000 words in length) represents 20%; one oral seminar paper (800 words) equal to 6%; seminar contribution represents 4%; 1 x 120minutes duration exam in April/May diet represents 70%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The aims of the History honours programme, to which this course contributes, are:

To develop the intellectual interests and analytical skills you acquired during your first two years;

To offer you the opportunity to study previously unfamiliar methodological approaches, chronological periods and geographical areas by offering a wide and flexible choice of options;

To offer you the opportunity to develop skills in historical computing, as well as basic IT awareness;

To introduce complex historical debates and interpretations, to develop skills in interpreting primary sources where appropriate, and to inform these discussions with new ideas derived from lecturers' current research, and

To encourage the development of transferable skills by fostering individual initiative, personal choice group discussion and, where appropriate, problem-solving work.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

Demonstrate knowledge on the theoretic background of International Relations;

Demonstrate knowledge on the different perceptions of International Relations Europe;

Demonstrate knowledge on the interaction of foreign policy (and their cultural representation), domestic policy, public opinion, party policy;

Demonstrate knowledge on the influence of selected European personalities on the outbreak of the First World War;

Evaluate the influence of "generation" International Policy

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.