Global Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in the Modern Era - HIST6101

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The term 'guerrilla' tends to evoke twentieth-century connotations. 'People's war', Mao and Che Guevara all conjure up notions of revolutionary warfare, of 'new' warfare far removed from the supposedly state-centric armies and strategies of the nineteenth century. But irregular warfare also featured strongly in the nineteenth century. This module studies this type of warfare across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as a whole, mixing well-known theatres and campaigns with less well-known ones. It explores the links between insurgencies and nationalism, revolution and counter-revolution, and studies the extent to which we can identify evolving patterns between reactive and progressive insurgency, along with learning curves and emulation in counter-insurgency. British and French experiences will be studied, along with American Spanish, Latin American, Chinese and African.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 30
Private study hours: 270
Total study hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
Seminar Presentation 10 minutes 10%
Exam Preparation Commentary 1000 words 10%
Essay 1 2500 words 20%
Essay 2 2500 words 20%
Examination 2 hours 40%

Reassessment methods:
100% coursework (3000 words)

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes of this module.

On completion of this module, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an advanced understanding of insurgency and counter-insurgency from a global perspective.
- Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of advanced concepts in the conceptual and case study-specific historiography concerning insurgency and counter-insurgency.
- Demonstrate an advanced capability to understand the nature and impact of irregular warfare militarily, socially, politically and culturally.

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.

On completion of this module, students will be able to:
- Work independently to research and develop their understanding of questions and issues.
- Demonstrate an advanced ability to provide persuasive written and verbal presentations, including the use of a range of primary and secondary source materials and historiographical content.
- Research and integrate secondary sources into written and verbal assessments in a sophisticated manner.
- More fully demonstrate and apply their knowledge and skills to the production of a range of different outputs, including both written and oral arguments.


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