Course Description

Course Name

International Relations and the Outbreak of World War One

Session: VGSS3120

Hours & Credits

20 Scotcat Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level


This course will examine the long term origins of the First World War and will focus on the period from around 1900 to the July crisis of 1914. It will pay considerable attention to European Imperial ambitions and conflicts and the role of these in the lead up to the outbreak of war as well as international relations more broadly.
The aims of the History honours programme, to which this course contributes, are:
To develop the intellectual interests and analytical skills you acquired during your first two years;
To offer you the opportunity to study previously unfamiliar methodological approaches, chronological periods and geographical areas by offering a wide and flexible choice of options;
To offer you the opportunity to develop skills in historical computing, as well as basic IT awareness;
To introduce complex historical debates and interpretations, to develop skills in interpreting primary sources where appropriate, and to inform these discussions with new ideas derived from lecturers? current research, and
To encourage the development of transferable skills by fostering individual initiative, personal choice group discussion and, where appropriate, problem-solving work.

*Course content subject to change