Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

(BA) History and Politics

Entry for 2017

FHEQ level

This course is set at Level 6 in the national Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

Course Aims

A degree in Contemporary History and Politics has as its principal desired goals:
a) To develop knowledge and understanding of the recent human past.
b) To foster awareness and understanding of historical processes which have a direct or indirect bearing on the present.
c) To encourage respect for historical context and evidence
d) To reflect critically on differing interpretations of the recent past
e) To impart particular skills and qualities of mind relevant to the discipline of history
f) to satisfy key criteria of historical knowledge and method, including:
i) an awareness of span and change over time;
ii) understanding of geographical range (focussing particularly on Britain, Europe, Africa, India);
iii)engagement with primary as well as secondary sources;
iv)an ability to reflect on the theoretical underpinnings of the historical discipline;
v) to foster an appreciation of the diversity of historical specialisms (including social, economic, cultural, political, intellectual, gender, oral, and environmental history)
g) to satisfy progression requirements by teaching
i) survey history,
ii) particular historical topics or short periods,
iii) comparative and thematic history,
iv) historiography,
v) documentary-based special subjects.
h) To enable students to understand the importance of Politics in the contemporary world.
i) To ensure that students acquire knowledge and understanding in appropriate areas of theory and analysis
j)To enable students to understand and use the concepts, approaches and methods of the disciplines and develop an understanding of the contested nature and problematic character of inquiry in the disciplines
k)Develop students capacities to analyse critically events, ideas, institutions and practices.
l)To provide students with opportunities to develop their intellectual, personal and interpersonal skills so as to enable them to participate meaningfully in their societies
m)To provide a curriculum supported by scholarship, staff development and a research culture that promotes breadth and depth of intellectual enquiry and debate
n)Provide students with a supportive and receptive learning environment.

To develop knowledge and understanding of the human past
To foster awareness and understanding of historical processes which have a direct or indirect bearing on the present
To encourage respect for historical context and evidence
To reflect critically on differing interpretations of the medium and distant past
To impart particular skills and qualities of mind relevant to the discipline of history
To satisfy key criteria of historical knowledge and method, including an awareness of span and change over time across geographical range
Engage with primary as well as secondary sources
Reflect on the theoretical underpinnings of the historical discipline
Foster an appreciation of the diversity of historical specialisms (including social, economic, cultural, political, intellectual, gender, oral, and environmental history)
Satisfy progression requirements by conducting i) survey history, ii) particular historical topics or short periods, iii) comparative and thematic history, iv) historiography, v) documentary-based special subjects

Course learning outcomes

Identify and describe and illustrate key approaches to the study of politics and understand the contested nature of knowledge and understanding

Identify and understand the key normative ideas and concepts which serve as the foundations of politics

Describe and illustrate the structure and operation of different political systems

Describe and illustrate the key explanatory concepts and theories used in the study of politics

Develop a familiarity with major methods of data collection in politics, and their appropriate uses

Develop a knowledge of British politics and the key concepts and approaches used to explain British politics

Critically evaluate the nature of political change in a political system or with regard to a political issue

Ability to understand and critique political philosophical arguments made by political theorists

An ability to compare different political systems in order to develop a general understanding of the functioning of politics

Plan and carry out a research project relating to a political topic which sustains a line of argument and draws on a body of academic literature

Have developed the historians skills and qualities of mind

Have developed an awareness of continuity and change over an extended time span (Time Depth)

Have understood historical process over an extended period

Have a broad and comparative understanding of the history of more than one society, culture or state (Geographical Range)

Have undertaken close work on primary source material and carry out intensive critical work on such source material (Contemporary Sources)

Reflect critically on the nature of the discipline, its social rationale, its theoretical underpinnings and its intellectual standing (Critical Awareness)

Critically engage with a variety of approaches to history and critically engage with the concepts and methodologies of other disciplines where appropriate (Diversity of Specialisms)

Formulate, execute, and complete an extended piece of writing under appropriate supervision (Extended Writing)

Have acquired a range of core and personal attributes, cognitive, research, practical, and transferable skills (HAHP Core Transferable Skills)

Full-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn SemesterCoreBritish Political History (L2010)154
  CoreExplanatory Concepts in Political Science (M1038)154
  CoreThe Early Modern World (V1227)304
 Spring SemesterCoreFoundations of Politics (M1036)154
  CoreResearch Skills and Methods in Political Science (M1045)154
  CoreThe Making of the Modern World (V1228)304
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn SemesterCoreEuropean Politics (L2051)155
  CoreIdeas of History (V1375)155
  CoreModern Political Thought (L2031)155
  OptionHistory Short Period: America in the 20th Century (V1408)155
  History Short Period: Britain in the 20th Century (V1321)155
  History Short Period: England in the 16th Century (V1454)155
  History Short Period: Europe in the 20th Century (V1319)155
  History Short Period: The Middle East and North Africa since 1908 (V4122)155
 Spring SemesterCoreGlobal History 1500-2000: Trade, Science, Environment and Empire (V1376)155
  OptionCommunicating Politics (L2155)155
  Politics of Governance: Eastern Europe (L2037)155
  Politics of Governance: France (L2049)155
  Politics of Governance: Germany (L2039)155
  Politics of Governance: India (L2093)155
  Politics of Governance: International Institutions and Issues (L2134)155
  Politics of Governance: The European Union (L2038)155
  Time and Place 1851: Science, Empire and Exhibitionism (V1373)155
  Time and Place 2008: The Spectacle of the Beijing Olympics (V1429)155
  Time and Place: 1796: Lithography and the Mass Produced Image (V1448)155
  Time and Place: 1831: Slave Revolts (V1377)155
  Time and Place: 1861: The Coming of the American Civil War (V1425)155
  Time and Place: 1938: Kristallnacht (V1330)155
  Time and Place: 1948: The Founding of Israel (V1449)155
  Time and Place: 1953: Monarchs and Murders (V1446)155
  Time and Place: 1968: Rivers of Blood (V1404)155
  Time and Place: 1981: The Iran Hostage Crisis (V1464)155
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
3Autumn SemesterOptionDeath of Socialism? (L2137)306
  Political Change: Contemporary France (L2157)306
  Political Change: Eastern Europe in Transition (L2017)306
  Political Change: Global Crisis and European Political Economy (L1998)306
  Political Change: New Technologies and Corruption (L1999)306
  Political Change: Political Parties and Party Systems (L2034)306
  Political Change: Politics and International Business (L2001)306
  Political Change: The European Union as a Global Actor (M1541)306
  Political Change: the Evolution of Post War European Integration (M1049)306
  Special Subject: Britain and the Second World War Part 1 (V1346A)156
  Special Subject: Demagogues and Dictators in the History of Political Thought Part 1 (V1434A)156
  Special Subject: Domesticity and its Discontents: Women in Post-War Britain Part 1 (V1348A)156
  Special Subject: End of Empire: Nationalism, Decolonisation and the British Raj in India 1937-1950 Part 1 (V1353A)156
  Special Subject: Global Darwinisms Part 1 (V1471A)156
  Special Subject: Gone with the Wind? The Civil War in American Memory Part 1 (V1400A)156
  Special Subject: Modernism Part 1 (V1352A)156
  Special Subject: Palestine in Transition, 1900-1948: Everyday Life in Times of Change Part 1 (V1424A)156
  Special Subject: Post-Rave Britain, 1988 - present Part 1 (V1460A)156
  Special Subject: The Civil Rights Movement Part 1 (V1378A)156
  Special Subject: Witches and Witch-Hunts Part 1 (V1473A)156
 Spring SemesterOptionDemocracy and Inequality (L2099)306
  Feminism and Women's Political Activism in Britain (L2156)306
  Governing Technology (L2077)306
  Immigration and the Liberal State (L2097)306
  Independent Study/Internship Option (L2021)306
  Parties and Voters in the UK (M1007)306
  Political Corruption (L2046)306
  Populism and Politics (M1535)306
  Special Subject: Britain and the Second World War Part 2 (V1346B)156
  Special Subject: Demagogues and Dictators in the History of Political Thought Part 2 (V1434B)156
  Special Subject: Domesticity and its Discontents: Women in Post-War Britain Part 2 (V1348B)156
  Special Subject: End of Empire: Nationalism, Decolonisation and the British Raj in India 1937-1950 Part 2 (V1353B)156
  Special Subject: Global Darwinisms Part 2 (V1471B)156
  Special Subject: Gone with the Wind? The Civil War in American Memory Part 2 (V1400B)156
  Special Subject: Modernism Part 2 (V1352B)156
  Special Subject: Palestine in Transition, 1900-1948: Everyday Life in Times of Change Part 2 (V1424B)156
  Special Subject: Post-Rave Britain, 1988 - present Part 2 (V1460B)156
  Special Subject: The Civil Rights Movement Part 2 (V1378B)156
  Special Subject: Witches and Witch-Hunts Part 2 (V1473B)156

Course convenors

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Robert Cook
Professor of American History
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T: +44 (0)1273 877279

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David Tal
Yossi Harel Chair In Modern Israel Studies
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T: +44 (0)1273 678565

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Adrian Treacher
Lecturer in European Studies
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T: +44 (0)1273 678401 or +44 (0)1273 678578

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