Sociology of War & Armed Conflict (Revision 1)
The Sociology of War & Armed Conflict is a three-credit, senior-level course. The focus of this course is the study of war as a social process involving social institutions, social structures, and the socially learned behaviour of individual social actors. By adopting and adapting concepts, theoretical perspectives, and research methods already successfully employed in other branches of sociological research—such as crime, deviance, stratification, demography, and ethnic and race relations, the sociology of war offers new opportunities to study those aspects of warfare and organized violence that have previously been neglected and overlooked in earlier historical, biological, anthropological, military, or geopolitical studies.
Sociology of War and Armed Conflict is organized around several broad criteria and comprises the ten units as outlined below:
Unit 1 Studying War
Unit 2 Theories of War
Unit 3 Sociology of War
Unit 4 Pre-Modern War
Unit 5 Modern War
Unit 6 Women in War
Unit 7 The Media and War
Unit 8 Civilians in War
Unit 9 Humanitarian Military Interventions
Unit 10 Rehumanizing the Enemy
To receive credit for SOCI 339, will be based on the grades you achieve on three written assignments, an on-line test, and a final examination. The weighting of each assignment, the mid-course test, and the exam are indicated in the chart below.
|3 Written Assignments (20% each)||On-Line Quizzes||Final Exam||Total|
Each of the three written exercises for credit is worth 20 per cent of your grade, for a total of 60 per cent. The on-line test is worth 10 per cent, and the remaining 30 per cent is determined by the final examination.
To receive credit for the course, you must obtain a grade of 60 per cent or better on the final exam and an overall course grade of at least 60 per cent. Should you obtain less than the required grade on the final exam, you may write a supplemental final exam. A passing grade of 60 per cent is also required for the supplemental exam.
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
This course is taught by a combination of offline print materials, online resources, videos, and academic support. The course package you received by mail should contain the items listed below.
The Sociology of War and Violence by Siniša Malešević, Cambridge University Press, 2010.
War: the Lethal Custom by Gwynne Dyer, Carroll and Graf Publishers, 2004 (revised edition
War by Sebastian Junger, Harper, 2010.
DVD, Restrepo, National Geographic
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
To receive credit for the SOCI 339 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “C-” (60 percent) on the challenge examination. The two parts of the exam must be written on the same day.
Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 1, May 16, 2014.
Updated May 26 2016 by Student & Academic Services