Core Module Information
Module title: The World at War: Writing and Watching Global Conflict

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CLP08121
Module leader: Andrew Frayn
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Humanities


Description of module content:

This module surveys cultural representations of war around the world from the late nineteenth century to the present. Studying literature, film and television from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century, you will consider the ways in which waging war and representing it changed with the rise and fall of empire. The module moves from nineteenth century conflicts between great powers, to familiar twentieth-century wars in unfamiliar texts and forms, to less often-studied but significant conflicts such as the Spanish Civil War and the Kenyan Wars. Via texts addressing wars around the world we will examine the development of modern warfare and its representation. In doing so we will investigate themes common to the representation of war in multiple cultures, and differences arising from national identity and structures of power, engaging with theories and analyses about warfare and its representation by Mary A. Favret, Kate McLoughlin, Konrad Jarausch and others. Texts studied will range widely by country, form and genre, from Europe, the USA and Africa, in fiction, poetry and essays, from espionage fiction to autobiographical accounts.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: develop insight into a range of cultural representations of conflict in terms of style and form
LO2: consider the relationship between texts and their social, historical and political contexts
LO3: discuss the development of warfare and war narratives
LO4: demonstrate the ability to work both independently and as part of a group.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Andrew Frayn
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
One-hour weekly tutorials/ seminars will give students the opportunity for detailed discussion of issues related to the development warfare and its cultural representation in a wide variety of literature. These texts are introduced and explored in weekly two-hour lectures which orientate students in global histories of conflict and the ideologies that precipitate wars. Students will be guided in independent learning, reading, and scholarship. (LOs 1,2,3,4). These seminar sessions will mirror the lecture series and will provide a medium for student-centred learning (LOs 1,2,3,4). Students will develop their theoretical knowledge of the subject and accompanying themes and apply this knowledge to the preparation of assignments.

Formative Assessment:
By way of preparation particularly for the first summative assessment, but also focusing on skills that will be useful for the longer second essay, students will be asked to write a short response to an unseen piece of material. Three key pieces of formative feedback will be provided in response to this writing to be focused on in later work, and students are invited to make use of office hours to discuss and work on these issues further (LOs 1,2,3).

Summative Assessment:
Students will undertake two assessments during the module. A close reading assignment will be due in week 7, for which students will select a poem or a short section of prose to comment extensively on its references and resonances (LOs 1,2,3,4). The second and final assignment requires is a comparative essay. Students are asked to compare aspects of warfare and its representation such as its technologies, structures of power, and affective responses. Questions are set, but students are encouraged to make their own connections and, if desired, to address in more detail interests that they have developed during the module.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 20
Face To Face Seminar 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 170
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 40 1,2,3,4 7 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Essay 60 1,2,3,4 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
CLP08121 The World at War: Writing and Watching Global Conflict