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HUM 519 Men at War: From the Roman Coliseum to Cold War Spies

Course Description

This course will examine various case studies spanning over 2,000 years of Western Civilization in order to explore the relationship between masculinity and military combat. Case studies will include; Gladiators and spectacle killings in the Roman Coliseum, Medieval Knights and codes of chivalry, Heroes of the Viking Sagas, 18th Century German Dueling Clubs as coming of age rituals, First World War Flying Aces and ‘Knights of the Sky’ during the First World War, Hero Generals of the Second World War: Rommel, Montgomery, Zhukov and Patton Compared, and finally, Cold War Spies: Seduction and Esponiage. This course aims to explore the varieties of ways that masculinity has defined and redefined itself through martial combat over a broad section of Western civilization.


There is a 20% reduced fee for students 65 years of age or older at the time of registration. You must register by phone (403-220-2952) or in person to receive this discount.

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