Postgraduate taught 

Conflict Archaeology & Heritage MSc/PgDip

The Art of War: Concepts and Theories ARCH5038

  • Academic Session: 2018-19
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course will provide an introduction to the study of conflict in its various forms, ranging from prehistoric tribal conflict to total war in an industrialised world. It will help students to understand the way that evolving tactics and technology within varying social contexts have influenced the character of conflict over time. The course will also examine the relationship between history and archaeology through the use of historical sources as a framework for archaeological research.

Timetable

1 hr lecture with 1 hr seminar once a week over 10 weeks

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level.

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

Two 2,500 word essays, 50% weighting each

Course Aims

■ To introduce the study of conflict in its various forms, ranging from prehistoric conflict up to the twentieth century.

■ To examine how changing tactics and technology have influenced the character of conflict over time.

■ To analyse the relationship between history and archaeology through the use of historical sources as a framework for archaeological research.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ interpret and analyse the archaeological record on conflict sites with regard to military practice

■ evaluate the historical record as it pertains to the study of conflict with a knowledgeable awareness of the benefits and drawbacks of current interpretative approaches to that record.

■ write reports and undertake fieldwork in a highly interdisciplinary field, mobilising both archaeological and historic sources.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

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