Contemporary History and Politics (MA)

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  • Objectives
    This degree aims to give you a deeper understanding of the recent past and the contemporary world. Using a combination of historical and theoretical approaches, it lays a strong emphasis on the historical analysis of the recent past, with the overall aim of giving you specialist knowledge of particular regions or themes.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements Good degree and references.
  • Academic title
    Contemporary History and Politics (MA)
  • Course description
    Core courses

    -Empire, State and Nation in the Twentieth Century: provides a comparative introduction to contemporary history, ranging broadly across Europe and beyond. Topics include theories of nationalism and imperialism, the changing nature of the twentieth-century state and the impact of total war on society.
    -A second core course covers research skills, and a dissertation, involving intensive research, may provide a springboard for more advanced study.


    You will take four options from a list which may include:

    -After the Ottoman Empire
    -Arab–Israeli Question
    -Social History of Britain
    -State Formation in Modern Europe
    -Empires in Modern East Asia
    -Gender in Britain
    -Colonisation and Decolonisation in France
    -Islam and Politics
    -Themes in the Political History of Modern Japan
    -Religion, Culture and Politics
    -Political Change in Communist and Post-Communist States
    -American Foreign Policy
    -Disease and Society in Africa in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
    -Immigration and Racism in Western Europe since 1900
    -The Holocaust
    -The Nazi State
    -Themes in Russian and Soviet History.
    -Teaching is mostly in small seminar groups of between five and 20 students per class.

    Five essays and a dissertation of 15,000 words. Assessment in options offered through the School of Politics and Sociology includes essays and examinations.

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