Comparative Approaches to Warfare and Violent Conflict HIST5088

  • Academic Session: 2017-18
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will provide an overview of approaches to the study of war with particular emphasis on strategic theory and operational art. It will emphasise the linkages between technological change, the evolution of military thought, and the changing threat environment.


Twice weekly 2 hour seminars

Requirements of Entry

Students enrolling on the course must be entrants to Masters at College level.


The summative component comprises one 1,000-word seminar paper (20% of the student's mark) and one 4,000-word essay (80% of the student's mark).

Course Aims

This course aims:

To study the key theories, themes, and concepts of western strategic thought in historical perspective.

To provide students with a broad overview of the evolution of western strategic thought

To provide students with a greater understanding of the changing nature of violent human conflict.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1. Demonstrate knowledge of some of the most important theoretical developments in western warfare, and how these different theories fared when they were put into practice

2. Demonstrate understanding of and evaluate historical ideas on western warfare from a number of different periods, nations and historical perspectives.

3. Integrate major trends in Western strategic thought to create informed, interesting and persuasive presentations and essays.

4. Write essays consistent with work at the post-graduate level.

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.