Academic Courses

Memorial University offers many courses that have First World War content or are focussed on peace and conflict studies. A partial listing is provided here. 

PLEASE NOTE: This is a list of courses that may be offered over the commemoration period between 2014 and 2019. The availability of a particular course must be confirmed through the Office of the Registrar for that particular year.

ANTH 2260 War and Aggression
is a critical review of ethological, psychological and sociological approaches to the understanding of violence and organized aggression.

ANTH 3409 War, Violence and Society

provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the issues and problems entailed in the anthropological analysis of war and violence. Key topics include: the relationships between war and globalization, political violence and culture, and militarization and social memory.

ANTH 3750 Archaeology of Warfare
is a broad overview of archaeological research conducted at sites associated with human conflict spanning from ancient Greece to World War II. Weekly lectures will provide students with a solid background on the various means by which archaeologists study and excavate sites relating to war, conflict and subjugation. A broad range of topics will be covered including remote sensing and field survey techniques, the changing technology and tactics of war, battlefield sites, POW camps, sunken naval vessels, aviation sites, fortifications and frontier outposts.

ENGL 3152 Canadian Literature to 1918
is a study of the development of Canadian literature from its beginnings to the end of World War I.

HIST 1011 Themes in Modern European History
is a thematic examination of the political, economic, social and cultural developments in Europe and the wider world from the French Revolution to World War I. This course qualifies as a research/writing course.

HIST 2350 Europe in the Twentieth Century
(same as the former European Studies 2000, Political Science 2990, and the former Political Science 2350) examines social, economic, and political changes from 1918 to the present including the collapse of monarchies, the emergence of mass politics, fascism and totalitarianism, World War II, postwar reconstruction and the welfare state, European integration, and Europe in the postwar economic and political order. The course will examine Britain, France, Germany, and Italy, and particularly the European Union. Special attention will be paid to the demise of class politics and the impact of postwar affluence.

HIST 3060 History of Modern Warfare Since 1789
is an examination of those major developments which have affected the nature and conduct of warfare in the period since 1789, with particular emphasis on the evolution of military thinking, the impact of technology on organization and planning, the role of air power, the civil-military relationship, professionalism in the armed forces, and the changing nature of warfare, the emergence of total war, global war, guerrilla warfare, and limited warfare.

HIST 3807 World War I in Historical Perspective
takes a global approach to the history of the First World War, emphasizing events on the battlefield and the effects of war on various societies.

HIST 4411 War and Society in Canada
examines various themes and topics in the military history of Canada, emphasizing the relationship between war and society.

LWSO 3016 Western Traditions of Law and War
provides students with a historical overview of the law of war. The course goes beyond the traditional legal definition of war as an armed conflict between states, and examines whether the law of war should be applied to terrorism and wars of national liberation. Topics include: just war theory, the legality of the various means of warfare, the treatment of protected people and places and the prosecution of war criminals.

POSC 3210 International Law
is an introduction to international law concerned with the interaction of the political and legal systems. Topics discussed are sources, agreements, membership, recognition, territory, jurisdiction, immunities, state responsibility, and force and war.

POSC 3290 Human Security
examines political concepts and government policies related to security contexts, such as the displacement of citizens, food supply issues, energy, information flows, war and/or the environment.

POSC 4230 Theories of International Relations
examines the major theories used to understand world politics and international conflict, such as constructivism, feminism, game theory, historical structuralism, liberalism, and realism. These are explored through classic readings in international relations and case studies.

SOCI 3395 Criminal Justice

provides an introduction to the sociological perspectives on our system of formal social control (police, courts, corrections). Special attention is directed at how social structure and social inequality (class, ethnicity and race, gender) influence criminal justice decisions. Topics discussed include public opinion on crime and criminal justice, offenders and victims in the system, consensus and conflict in the creation of criminal law, finding a delicate balance between police powers for crime control and democratic rights, types of sentencing options and rationales, and the dual and conflicting goals of prisons and alternatives to incarceration.




WW100 Commemoration Program

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Tel: (709) 864-8000