Time and Place: 1956: The Battle of Algiers (V1417)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

Our starting point in this module will be the moment on 30 September 1956 when four Algerian women placed bombs in the European quarter of Algiers – a key flashpoint in the wider Battle of Algiers. We will go on to examine the wider context of this action, namely the unfolding war in Algeria between the National Liberation Front (FLN) and the left-wing Republican Front government.

In the course of the module you will examine the motivations for this violence and the particular involvement of the Algerian women in the anti-colonial struggle. You will also be encouraged to situate the Algerian crisis in a wider international context, deepening your skills of historical contextualisation as you relate the struggles in Algeria to the broader forces defining this period of history. Some of the key moments you will examine include:

  • the rise of pan-Arab nationalism
  • British and French imperialisms during the Suez Crisis
  • the Cold War confrontation in the Middle East and North Africa
  • the role of Israel in the Middle East.


48%: Lecture
52%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 23 hours of contact time and about 127 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: