H214 Violence in History
- Module Code:
- Year of study:
- Year 2 or Year 3
- Taught in:
- Term 1
A student successfully completing this module will have learned how to distinguish between popular representations of war and violence and their historical realities. In doing so, they will also have learned why the history of violence, its material consequences, and the construction of this experience manifest themselves differently in non-western societies than they do in the West.
Students will learn how to develop historical questions regarding representations of war and violence in popular media or scholarly literature, to use the library and other research tools (electronic databases and existing bibliographies for example) to develop a short bibliography of their own, and to write a research-based essay. They will also take an exam on the topics covered by the course.
A student taking this course will be exposed to a wide array of representations of warfare, violence, and their consequences, some of which may be difficult to watch or read. Prospective students should consider this when electing to take this course.
- Students enrol via the on-line Module Sign-up system. Students are advised of the timing of this process via email by the Dept. administrator
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
LO1.Distinguish what makes a research question historical, identifying the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to a problem and of the possibilities and limits of various kinds of sources.
LO2. Produce and refine such a question through the identification of, engagement with, and critique of existing historiography, using the conceptual tools of the module to reframe prior learning.
LO3. Integrate material from a variety of sources, both primary and secondary, in order to explore a research question and hypothesis.
LO4. Present the findings of the research in a way that demonstrates a capacity to think conceptually, while developing competency as a historian.
Scope and syllabus
1 - Memory
2 - Violence and War 3 - Just and UnJust Wars 4 - Shaping the Warrior 5 - Photography 6 - Resistance in the Age of Expansion 7 - Armed Modernity 8 - Internecine Conflict 9 - State and Extra-State Warfare 10- Aftermath of Violence
Method of assessment
Written exam worth 50%, Research proposal for AS2, incorporating a literature discussion and preliminary bibliography of 500 words worth 10%, Short research paper of 2,500 words worth 40%