1. UCAS code:
    L252
    Duration:
    3yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    ABB-BBB
  3. 93% Graduate Employment

Course Overview

War is one of the most spectacular of historic events. War has been the violent catalyst for change throughout human history. War inflicts terrible suffering and degradation, and yet evokes great bravery and heroism. A simple, meaningful definition of war is not easily achieved because such explanations are insufficient for the scope and scale of this human phenomenon. A single perspective or approach is inadequate if we are to understand war. The BA War and Society degree aims to provide comprehensive learning in both the understanding of war historically, politically and militarily, and its connection to society through consideration of the cultural production generated by the experience of war.

Teaching and Assessment

In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. (Have a look at our module booklet for full information on modules).

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. 

We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.    

Key Features

 

  • BA War and Society students are taught by Academic staff who are specialist researchers from the subjects of American Studies, Classical and Egyptian Studies, History, Politics and International Relations, Literature and Media Studies.
  • Our students have a personal tutor who provides pastoral support and guidance on issues that may affect their well-being, attendance and progress through University.
  • The War and Society Student Society organises social and cultural events. Follow us on twitter: @SwanseaUnisWarS.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Year 2 (Level 5)

HE Level 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
HUA203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Digital War
HUA206Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Contemporary Wars and Conflicts
Optional Modules
 

Choose Exactly 80 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students should select two modules from TB1 and two modules from TB2

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-240Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Paradox of Power: American Foreign Policy
AM-245Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20John F. Kennedy and America
CLH216Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Armies and Enemies of Imperial Rome
CLH274Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Roman Empire 2: Central Power and Local Culture, AD 14-235
CLH292Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20History of Ancient Technology and Engineering
EN-239Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20No-Man's Land: Literature of the Great War
HIH2011Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Heirs of Rome: The Making of Christendom, Byzantium, and Islam in the Early Middle Ages, 400-800
HIH222Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Revolutionary and Napoleonic Europe, 1789-1815
HIH226Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Post-War Reconstruction: Europe 1945 - 1956
HIH240Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Europe 1500-1650: Renaissance, Reformation and Religious War
HIH252Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20War and Society in the Anglo-Norman World
HIH255Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20First World War: Politics, Society and Culture 1870-1933
HIH258Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Occupied Europe 1938 - 1947
HIH268Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20From War to Revolution: France 1914-1968
HIH272Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Cold War
HIH274Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Conflict & Memory: Europe in the Twentieth Century
HUA208Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The First world War: Politics, Society and culture in Europe 1870 - 1933
PO-203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Anarchy and Order: Theories in International Relations
PO-222Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Globalisation
PO-232Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Empire Strikes Back: American Security Policy in the Post-Cold War Era
PO-235Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Human Rights and Global Justice
PO-239Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Moralities of War and Peace
PO-256Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Genocide

Year 3 (Level 6)

HE Level 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
HUA303Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Research Portfolio
HUA304Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Dissertation
Optional Modules
 

Choose Exactly 80 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : select 2 x 20cr modules in TB1 and 2 x 20cr modules in TB2 except when selecting HIH3219/20, HIH3328/9, HIH3315/6 which count as two co-requisite 20 credit modules split between TB1 and TB2

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-300Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Power and Protest in American Political Culture
AM-330Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20America and the Bomb
AM-335Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The American Civil War in History and Memory
AM-338Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Clear and Present Danger: Terrorism and America
CLH389Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The end of the Roman Republic (Level 3)
EN-3033Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Triumphant Disasters, Disastrous Triumphs: Writing World War Two
HIH3178Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20European Empires in the East. A comparative analysis
HIH3181Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Cathars and the Albigensian Crusades
HIH3216Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Prisoners of War in Twentieth Century Conflicts
HIH3219Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Britain at War, 1939-45: The Home Front (I)To select this module you must pursue HIH3220 also.
HIH3220Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Britain at War, 1939-45: The Home Front (II)To select this module you must pursue HIH3219 also.
HIH3315Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20France in Crisis 1934-1944 Part OneTo select this module you must pursue HIH3316 also.
HIH3316Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20France in Crisis, 1934-1944 Part TwoTo select this module you must pursue HIH3315 also.
HIH3328Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Britain and the United States in the Nuclear Age ITo select this module you must pursue HIH3329 also.
HIH3329Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Britain and the United States in the Nuclear Age IITo select this module you must pursue HIH3328 also.
HUA301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Gunfighter Nation: the West in History, Mythology and Fiction
HUA305Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Spanish Civil War - Its Origins, Course and Legacy
HUA306Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Aftermaths of War
HUA308Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Real War, Imagined War: War in Literature, Art and Cinema
HUA309Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Russian Civil War
PO-3114Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The International Politics of Space
PO-3316Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Shadow Wars: US Presidents and covert action from the Cold War to Obama
PO-392Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Contemporary Security

Description

The scope and scale of the BA (Hons) War and Society degree is unique. The structure of the degree has been designed to offer a broad base of knowledge, across the disciplines of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in Year One and then in Year Two and Three to open into a wealth of module choices to allow for more focus and specialisation in a particular academic direction or historical period. An important feature of the degree is the opportunity to undertake a dissertation under the supervision of a specialist area of specific interest. 

Entry Requirements

Offers are made on review of the application form, predicted/achieved grades and subjects, the reference and personal statement. Our preferred offer is ABB-BBB at A-level but we will accept 128-112 tariff points from a range of advanced level qualifications. International Baccalaureate 32-30, Welsh Baccalaureate A/B plus BB at A-level or Access 18 Distinction and 15 Merits.

International students, please visit: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/requirements/ For applicants whose first language is not English, we require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0.

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £13,650

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

There are additional costs for study abroad. Find out more here.

Student Quotes

“I particularly enjoyed the wide variety of modules on offer for BA War and Society course, spanning the whole of history from ancient warfare right up to modern day warfare. The small number of people within the course itself allowed us to form a much more personal relationship with fellow students as well as with course tutors and the course director. The course also gave me the opportunity to undertake a one month internship programme in Oklahoma, with fellow students.”

Adam Barnes, BA War and Society


“War and Society is a very challenging yet rewarding course. I have gained knowledge in History, Politics, Classics and American Studies. My time at Swansea has been brilliant; the University is very welcoming and staff are always on hand to help.”

                                                                        Rebecca Thomas BA War and Society



 


 

Research

The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) brings together academics, postgraduates and visiting national and international scholars to create a rich and vibrant research environment geared to international excellence and impact.

The Callaghan Centre for the Study of Conflict, Power and Empire is one of two flagship Research Centres of the College of Arts and Humanities. The Callaghan Centre regroups a large number of scholars and postgraduate students with research expertise in the areas of conflict, power and empire. The Callaghan Centre produces world-class research, manages major Research Council funded projects, and promotes collaboration between scholars, policy-makers and cultural providers.

Employability and Careers

92.9 per cent * of War and Society Graduates from Swansea University are in work and/or further study six months after graduation.

Graduating with an internationally recognised degree in War and Society will put you in a great position to succeed in a wide range of careers. You will gain excellent oral and writing skills and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Our programmes include various forms of assessment, teamwork through seminars, tutorials and group presentations and an independent study - dissertation module. You will learn to manage your time and workload effectively. All of these skills will ensure you can compete very successfully in the employment market.

Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, marketing, government, research and events management, working for organisations such as:

  • Westminster Forum Projects
  • Labour Party
  • Price Waterhouse Coopers

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA International Journalism
  • MA International Relations
  • MA War and Society
  • MA History

*First–degree Swansea University graduates of War and Society. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

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