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IR5821   The influence of seapower on history 1805-present

Academic year(s): 2023-2024

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 11

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: Monday 3-5pm

This module will look at the theory and practice of Maritime strategy from the Napoleonic Wars to the present day. We will do this by looking at a number of works on the theory of Maritime strategy and then applying those works to a series of historical case studies from the nineteenth and twentieth century. The overall objective of the module is that the student should have an understanding of Maritime strategy and its wider context within the history of warfare and what distinguishes successful from unsuccessful Maritime strategy. The module will be taught by a weekly 2 hour seminar in which we will discuss a number of assigned readings for each week.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2 seminar hours (x 11 weeks) 2 optional office hours (x 11 weeks)

Scheduled learning hours: 22

Guided independent study hours: 275

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 100%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 0%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr L F Middup

Intended learning outcomes

  • Have an advanced understanding of the theory and practice of maritime strategy and operations.
  • Have an understanding of how technological and political change has affected maritime strategy from the 19th century to the 21st.
  • Develop their written and oral skills through essays and presentations in the tutorial programme.
  • Possess the capacity to critique current debates in maritime strategy.