Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3233: Military Revolutions and Political Change

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Module Aims

The module aims to introduce you to the dynamic relationship between war, the state, and society. In so doing it will encourage you to consider: the association between politics, authority and violence; the impact of war on our social and political institutions; the role of individuals and populations in war; the impact of changes in warfare, politics, culture, and economics on each other; and the legacies of war(s) on states and societies.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Critically understand the interplay between war, state, and society, over the long term and from a global perspective.
2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the military, political, and social impact of various ‘military revolutions’.
Discipline-Specific Skills3. Critically reflect on key elements of the debate regarding state, sovereignty, and monopoly over the use of force.
4. Display strong awareness of a range of conceptual frameworks to understand the complex and changing interaction between war and societies.
5. Demonstrate awareness of contingency in historical sociological processes.
6. Problematize settled ‘truths’ and assumptions about political order, violence, and our knowledge of these.
Personal and Key Skills7. Study independently and manage time and assessment deadlines effectively.
8. Communicate effectively in speech and writing.
9. Demonstrate critical and analytical skills through tutorial discussions and module assessments.
10. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of the internet, online journal databases and other IT resources for the purposes of tutorial and assessment preparation.
11. Demonstrate effective applied writing.