BA History and Politics
The History core is Learning History, a skill and methodology based module. The emphasis is on reflecting on the nature of history as a discipline and to develop the skills required for the writing and debating of history. You also take further survey modules in European history. In Politics, you take modules in contemporary political theory, comparative politics and international relations. You learn to compare and contrast political institutions and behaviour in liberal democracies and gain a thorough understanding of the history of political ideas.
The History core module is Exploring Historiography, intended to develop independence of mind and critical abilities, which involves planning, researching and writing a 5000-word analysis of the historiography of a topic of your choice. In Politics, you take a range of options from three designated 'core' areas: political theory, comparative politics and international relations.
You select a History Special Subject dissertation (10,000 words) may be in History or Politics and additional modules in politics are taken. In Politics, you may elect to research and write a dissertation under the supervision of a member of staff, and/or options in political theory, comparative politics and international relations.