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BA History and Politics

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  • Objectives
    This degree is designed for those particularly interested in modern history and contemporary political issues. In history, you will develop the skills required for writing and debating history. In politics, you will learn to compare and contrast political institutions and behaviour in liberal democracies, and gain a thorough understanding of the history of political ideas. You will normally devote half your time to each discipline.
  • Entry requirements
    Required subjects: A in history at A level or equivalent IB score: 34 (6 in history)
  • Academic Title
    BA History and Politics
  • Course description
    BA History and Politics

    Programme

    Year one

    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.

    Year two

    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.

    Year three

    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.

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