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Undergraduate Course: Britain and the Falklands War (HIST10058)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryIn 1982 Britain and Argentina fought a brief, but bloody, war over the Falkland Islands. This course, which is taught over one semester, examines selected aspects of the conflict from the British perspective.
Course description Topics covered in the course include the British and Argentine claims on the Falkland islands; the Argentine invasion in April 1982 and the despatch of a British task force to the South Atlantic; the efforts of General Alexander Haig to find a negotiated settlement to the crisis; the sinking of the Argentine cruiser, General Belgrano; the establishment of a beachhead at San Carlos by British forces; the Battle for Stanley; the attack on the British landing ship, Sir Galahad, at Fitzroy; the media war; and the impact of the war on British politics. There will also be an analysis of two British television dramas about the conflict.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A pass or passes in 40 credits of first level historical courses or equivalent and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Personal Tutors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503767).
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
  2. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
  3. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of source material;
  4. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in written form;
  5. demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others.
Reading List
P. Beck, The Falkland Islands as an International Problem (1988)
H. Bicheno, Razor's Edge: the Unofficial History of the Falklands War (2006)
D. G. Boyce, The Falklands War (2005)
T. Dalyell, One Man's Falklands (1982)
L. Freedman, Britain and the Falklands War (1988)
L. Freedman, The Official History of the Falklands Campaign, vol 1, The Origins of the Falklands War (2005) and vol 2, War and Diplomacy (2005)
M. Hastings and S. Jenkins, The Battle for the Falklands (1997)
K. Lukowiak, A Soldier's Song (1993)
M. Middlebrook, The Falklands War 1982 (2001)
D. Monaghan, The Falklands War: Myth and Countermyth (1998)
M. Thatcher, The Downing Street Years (1995)
S. Woodward, One Hundred Days: the Memoirs of the Falklands Battle Group Commander (1992)

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Jeremy Crang
Tel: (0131 6)51 1255
Course secretaryMrs Diane Knowles
Tel: (0131 6)50 3781
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