AD3022 - Explorations in War and Conflict II

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What will I learn on this module?

This module invites you to explore the themes of War and Conflict across the Humanities. You will explore core historical examples of international War and Conflict, focusing on World War I, World War II, and immediate aftermaths. You will engage with historiographical interpretations of the causes, effects, and justifications for these wars. You will also analyse textual and visual representations of War and Conflict, and analyse pro- and anti-War speeches and propaganda. You will explore philosophical concepts like ‘just war’ theory, pacifism, nationalism, political realism and multilateralism.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn on the module through a stimulating range of lectures, seminars, film screenings and field trips. Your learning will be supported by the excellent library facilities, and by resources made available to you through the e-learning portal. Each week you will be given a preparatory activity (e.g. set reading, a source search) which will form the basis of your explorations in class for that week. Sessions will be delivered by the module team to ensure you benefit from their particular expertise across a range of disciplines.

By attending the lectures and seminars and undertaking the assignments you will be supported to achieve the module learning outcomes. As you explore War and Conflict you will develop foundational knowledge in research skills, time management, IT skills, critical thinking and evaluation as well as academic communication skills.

In addition to learning during contact hours with the module tutors, you will undertake the directed learning of the preparatory activities as well as independent learning. Independent learning generally will take the form of further reading and research, the consolidation of session materials and the completion of the assessment.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module handbook provides details of sessions, reading lists and assessment criteria; lecture PowerPoint slides are made available on the e-learning portal. The module tutors will be available in taught sessions, as well as in feedback and consultation hours and on email/phone, to discuss any queries or concerns you have about how to fulfil your academic potential on the module. Moreover, feedback on formative work and the first summative assessments will also serve as ‘feed forward’, giving guidance on how to improve during the module. In addition, you have a designated Personal Guidance Tutor throughout the entire duration of your programme. The academic side of the Personal Guidance Tutor’s role includes:
• monitoring your ongoing academic progress
• helping you to develop self-reflection skills necessary for continuous academic development
• directing you to further available services which can help them with their academic skills (e.g. Library’s Skills Plus)

You are advised to see your Personal Guidance Tutor at least twice each semester to review your academic progress.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. demonstrate a capacity to understand, analyse and evaluate competing arguments.
2. development of your knowledge about conflict.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3 demonstrate skills in structuring and presenting a cogent argument.
4 demonstrate a capacity to evaluate primary and secondary sources including material objects and digital media.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5 demonstrate an awareness of the importance of clear academic writing and accurate citation.

How will I be assessed?


Individual presentation (semester 2):
You will deliver a five-minute individual presentation on your second summative assignment (the digital humanities project) in class, outlining the form your project will take. This exercise is designed to encourage you to begin preparing and building your digital project early, and will give you feedback from your tutor and peers to help your development of the project. (MLO 1-5)


Digital Humanities project (semester 2):
You will create a digital humanities project of 2,500 words including a 1,000-word critical reflection. This project will be submitted and marked online through the elp.





Module abstract

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Course info

UCAS Code L8L9

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Humanities

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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