BA Modern History and Politics

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  • Objectives
    The History element of the syllabus aims to familiarise students with a broad chronological and regional range in the history of the modern period, 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
    300 points from three A levels or 320 points from 3 A levels and one AS level. Total points exclude Key Skills and General Studies. Subjects: Candidates must have either A level German or A at GCSE. Candidates with an A at GCSE can enter the programme by following an intermediate German language module. Candidates who have not studied German but have a modern foreign language A level can enter the programme by following beginners German language modules.
  • Academic title
    BA Modern History and Politics
  • Course description
    This BA in Modern History and Politics involves the following modules.

    Year 1

    -Approaches to History
    -Landmarks in History
    -Directed Study in History
    -International Relations and Strategic Studies
    -Modern Politics

    Year 2

    -Study of Politics
    -Comparative Government and Politics

    -Themes and Issues in History
    -Social History of the USA 1815–1945
    -Imperial Britain 1815–1982
    -Study of Politics
    -Comparative Government and Politics
    -Political Classics

    -American Govt and Politics
    -British Govt and Politics
    -European Political Integration
    -Russian Govt and Politics
    -Political Thinking
    -International Relations
    -Contemporary Strategy
    -War & Peace in International Relations

    Final Year

    -French Revolution
    -Nuremberg Trial
    -Intelligence Service & British Politics 1911–85

    -Slavery & Slave Culture in Antebellum USA
    -Britain at War 1939–45
    -The New Deal
    -African government & politics
    -British foreign & defence policy
    -Feminism & political theory
    -Foreign policy analysis
    -Introduction to critical security studies
    -Modern ideologies
    -Politics & international relations in the Middle East
    -Politics of the international economy
    -UK Politics since 1960
    -US foreign & defence policy since 1950
    -War, peace & international ethics

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