International Relations and the Outbreak of World War One

University of Glasgow

Course Description

  • Course Name

    International Relations and the Outbreak of World War One

  • Host University

    University of Glasgow

  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Completion of History 1A and History 1B achieving a grade of D or better; completion of 2 level 2 History courses achieving a grade of B or better in one and C3 or better in the other; an overall average grade of C or better for all history courses taken

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Scotcat Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course will examine the long term origins of the First World War and will focus on the period from around 1900 to the July crisis of 1914. It will pay considerable attention to European Imperial ambitions and conflicts and the role of these in the lead up to the outbreak of war as well as international relations more broadly.
    The aims of the History honours programme, to which this course contributes, are:
    To develop the intellectual interests and analytical skills you acquired during your first two years;
    To offer you the opportunity to study previously unfamiliar methodological approaches, chronological periods and geographical areas by offering a wide and flexible choice of options;
    To offer you the opportunity to develop skills in historical computing, as well as basic IT awareness;
    To introduce complex historical debates and interpretations, to develop skills in interpreting primary sources where appropriate, and to inform these discussions with new ideas derived from lecturers? current research, and
    To encourage the development of transferable skills by fostering individual initiative, personal choice group discussion and, where appropriate, problem-solving work.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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