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ME3423   Justifying Medieval Warfare

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: See

A rich body of literature has emerged over the last 2,500 years concerning the moral challenges posed by warfare. Through Classical Greece and Rome to the early Church and the Middle Ages, the justice of war has been debated in theology, philosophy and law. This module will explore how ideas of 'just warfare' developed, and how certain 'rules' emerged which were intended to regulate or limit violent conflict. Students will examine how such theories and rules were espoused, observed, and ignored during the middle ages, and compare these ideas with the realities of medieval warfare. The module will focus largely on the Western tradition and warfare, but will also include seminars on Islamic and Eastern perspectives on justified violence.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass at least 60 credits from {ME1003, ME1006, ME2003, HI2001, MH2002}

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 2-hour seminar, plus 1 office hour.

Scheduled learning hours: 22

Guided independent study hours: 278

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 60%
Practical examinations : 8%
Coursework: 32%

Re-assessment: 4,000- to 5,000-word essay = 100%


Module teaching staff: Dr R Cox