Power and War
Course code
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Course title in Estonian
Võim ja sõda
Course title in English
Power and War
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
Assessment form
lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
õppejõud on määramata
lecturer of 2020/2021  Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
The concepts of “power” and “war” are most likely very important in terms of a general understanding of the past in which states and military conflicts often are depicted as the core elements of historical analysis. This course, on the one hand, wants to scrutinise what these two terms actually meant in different ages, it wants to go deeper into the nature of “power” and “war”. On the other hand, this course aims to demonstrate the limitations of an understanding of history just in terms of political and military might.
Brief description of the course
This course is divided into lectures and seminars. The lectures are meant to give a broader understanding what these terms meant e.g. in medieval times or in the modern world, how they were popularised in art, architecture or in literature. The lectures ask how “power” emerged or what “war” did mean beyond victory or defeat. The seminars are meant to deepen the information given in the lectures with the help of scholarly literature.
Independent work
The students work independently with the literature given for the seminars by the teacher (uploaded to Moodle). They write a short essay on a topic agreed on by the teacher. They prepare a short presentation of their preliminary results for special seminars that take place close to the end of the semester. Finally they prepare for the exam (studying the materials given during the course and the obligatory readings).
Learning outcomes in the course
Kursuse lõpuks on tudeng võimeline diskuteerima mõistete võim ja sõda tähenduse üle erinevatel ajaloo perioodidel; tunneb ära nende ilmnemise erinevad vormid nii kirjanduses kui materiaalses kultuuris; mõistab mineviku uurimise perspektiive ja olulisust poliitilise ja militaarse ajaloo raamidest väljaspool; suudab analüüsida mõistete tähendust iseseisvalt, rakendades omandatud analüüsi võtteid kursusel mittekäsitletud perioodide peal.
Assessment methods
The written exam contains some questions about facts and at least two questions where the answer requires a comparative and analytical viewpoint (75%).
The oral presentation (10-15 mins plus discussion) is meant to introduce the structure and the major theses of the essay. The written essay (9.000-11.000 characters without spaces) about a topic confirmed by the teacher is to be submitted at least one day before the exam. Without the essay submitted the student cannot take the exam.
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