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  • Objectives
    he wide-ranging expertise of the staff and the high proportion of course options within the degree mean that you have real choice. You can choose to specialise in particular periods or styles of history (eg: the Medieval World, or Ethnicity and Gender) or you can pursue a number of new and challenging approaches to the past. Whatever your interests – political, cultural, intellectual, social, economic, or international – you will find courses here that capture your imagination.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements * A/AS Levels: You will normally be required to secure three A-levels, though two AS levels may be considered in place of one A-level. General Studies is accepted as one of three A-levels. Our conditional offer for Single Subject History is normally ABB. * For English and History our conditional offer is normally ABB. * For Contemporary History our conditional offer is normally BBB. * For Single Honours History and for joint honours degrees including History we prefer History at A-level, though this is not a prerequisite for Contemporary History. * Your application will be considered by one of our team of experienced admissions tutors. We normally make offers without interview based on the information you present on your UCAS application form. If you receive an offer, you will be invited to a Visit Day, at some time between December 2008 and April 2009. * GCSE: No specific requirements. * Access to HE course: Pass, with at least the requisite credits at level 3. * European Baccalaureate: Pass with 70% overall. * International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points, including at least one subject with 6 points at higher level. * BTEC Nationals: Tariff points equivalent to our A level offers are required. * Leicester Progression Accord: a number of degrees in the School welcome the Progression Accord as a valuable addition to post-16 studies, and a reduced offer of one grade at A level will be made to applicants offering the full Progression Accord. * Other Qualifications: We welcome applications with non-standard qualifications. You will be considered individually, on your own merits, but we suggest that you contact us in advance of making an application. Other national and international qualifications welcomed. * Mature students are welcomed: Mature students often have different qualifications from recent school leavers, but we look at each case individually on its own merits. Mature student applicants usually have a recent Access to HE certificate. * Second Year Entry: Possible for those with advanced qualifications compatible with our degree structure. * These degrees are not available on a part-time basis.
  • Academic Title
    BA Contemporary History
  • Course description
    BA Contemporary History


    First Year

        * Core modules on The Making of the Modern World and Europe Reshaped: 1815-1914
        * International Relations since 1945 and either Current Issues in International Relations or Introduction to Political Systems
        * Making History
        * People and Places

    Second Year

        * Two thematic modules in history, eg: Race and Ethnicity, Power, Gender, Imperialism, Cities, Landscape, Industrialization
        * One optional history module from a wide range of modern courses
        * One optional module in International Relations or Government
        * EITHER Historical Research Methods and a further Option in Politics OR Political Analysis and a second history option

    Third Year

        * Four Options in History, International Relations, and Government
        * A final-year dissertation (double module) on a topic of your own choice. Recent topics have included British film of the 1960s, opposition to the Falklands War, and the Suez crisis.

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