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BA History and Philosophy

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  • Objectives
    The History element of the syllabus aims to familiarise students with an extremely broad chronological range, whilst providing them with the opportunity of specialisation in particular periods and topics of British, European and American history.It also enables students to pursue their own interests through independent study and a substantial dissertation.Using a variety of approaches to the study of history, students will develop the ability to analyse change over time, to understand the nature of causal relationships, and to handle comparative, cross-cultural and abstract concepts.Additionally, students will refine the following subject-based skills: the collection and synthesis of large quantities of information; the critical evaluation of primary and secondary sources; the making of well-crafted and substantial judgements, and engagement in debate on historical issues.
  • Entry requirements
    There are different entry qualifications for each programme. Some programmes require you to have a certain amount of knowledge in a subject before you begin the degree programme – this is called a ‘subject requirement’. Other programmes do not have any specific subject requirements. All programmes will, however, expect you to have reached a certain standard in your education and will ask you to achieve certain grades in your examinations. Most programmes have a standard offer so that you know in advance what you are likely to need. Please note that even if you have the minimum entry qualifications, you are not necessarily guaranteed a place on the degree programme.
  • Academic Title
    BA History and Philosophy
  • Course description
    This BA in History and Philosophy involves the following modules.

    Year 1

    -Approaches to History
    -Landmarks in History

    -Directed Study in History

    -Introductory Philosophy modules

    Year 2


    -Themes and Issues in History

    -Making of Early Modern Britain 1450–1640
    -Europe of the Old Regime 1500–1800
    -Central Europe 1740–1919
    -Social History of the USA 1815–1945
    -Imperial Britain 1815–1982


    -Theory of Knowledge
    -Moral Philosophy

    -Early Modern Philosophy
    -Logic and Critical Thinking
    -Plato & Aristotle
    -Philosophy of Mind
    -Contemporary Political Philosophy
    -Language & Reality

    Final Year


    -Medieval Magic & Origins of the Witch Craze
    -Hundred Years War
    -French Revolution
    -Nuremberg Trial
    -Intelligence Service & British Politics 1911–85

    -Ritual, Myth & Magic
    -Slavery & Slave Culture in Antebellum USA
    -Britain at War 1939–45

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