Study Abroad in War and Society: 1000 - 2000 AD, Study & Travel Program

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War and Society: 1000 - 2000 AD: Academics

Richmond, The American International University in London

This program is accredited by Richmond, the American International University in London. The university is an independent, non-profit international university of liberal arts and professional studies. It is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. In addition to the U.S. degree granting authority, it has U.K. taught degree awarding powers granted by the U.K. Privy Council. It is the first university in the U.K. to have dual degree awarding powers.

Academic Overview & Policies

Attendance at all lectures and site visits is mandatory

Grades No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available.

Transcripts are issued by Richmond, The American International University in London. An official transcript will be sent directly to the student’s home university on completion of the program.

Course Description

HST 6425 (3 credits)
War and Society: Medieval to Modern

This course explores the changing nature and history of warfare from the medieval era to the end of the 20th-century. The central premise is that war often reflects the societies and cultures that wage it. This notion is tested by examining several different examples of warfare and society across different cultures, historical periods and geographic locations. This course will include substantive analysis of the ethos, causes, and socio-political impacts of wars, as well as examine the role of war in the development of nations and ‘national identities’. We will debate questions arising from topics such as: the most influential military leaders; strategies, tactics, and weaponry; state structures and finance; debates over gender; and technological and ideological clashes between different cultures and social systems, examining the conflicts within and between states. The class will involve some visits to local museums and sites of relevance.