Sociology (SOCI) 339

Sociology of War & Armed Conflict (Revision 1)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online or grouped study

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: SOCI 287 is recommended.

Precluded Course: SOCI 539 — SOCI 339 may not be taken for credit by students who have obtained credit for SOCI 539.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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SOCI 339 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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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.

Activity Weighting
3 Written Assignments (20% each) 60%
On-Line Quizzes 10%
Final Exam 30%
Total 100%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

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.

Course Materials

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 New Edition, by Gwynne Dyer, Vintage Canada, 2016 (2nd revised edition).

War by Sebastian Junger, Harper, 2010.

Other material

Streaming Video, Restrepo, National Geographic

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you 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 about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

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.