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Overview

​Both History and Philosophy explore complex issues of conflict and resolution at the individual and social level. They explore ways of investigating, interpreting and evaluating the interrelation of thoughts and actions and through this developing a clear and confident outlook on the world.


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Course Benefits

  • A particular focus on developing your ability to become an active and engaged producer of knowledge, not just a passive receiver of it.
  • Our lecturers are expert teachers/researchers and are well published in their specialist subjects.
  • Small group sessions and one-to-one tutorials.
  • You will receive plenty of handson experience interpreting historical evidence. 

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Course Information

The History modules focus on discipline-specific skills: methods of primary source analysis, debates about periodisation and the treatment of broader themes across historical periods. The content is not organised around historical periods, though care is taken in each module to provide students with a choice of material from diverse historical periods to engage and practice their skills.

The Philosophy modules deliver core skills in philosophical and ethical analysis, rather than a focus on the history of philosophy. In both areas students are taught to work like philosophers and historians, helping them engage more powerfully with subjects they care about.​ 

Modules each year pick up from previous work, affirming skills learned and preparing for the skills required in the following year’s study. This helps you develop confidence in enquiry, analysis and presentation. Study skills and research methods are explained and you will build them into the design and execution of your own research projects, which culminates in a major final-year dissertation on a topic of your choice. 

 

​On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following: 
  • Patterns and Periodisation in History
  • Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion
  • Problems in History
  • Modern Philosophy: Mind, Self and World
  • Body: Bio-Ethics and Sexual Ethics
  • Great Thinkers: Ethics and Interpretation
  • The Roots of ideas: The Foundations of Western Thought
  • God in a Digital Age
  • The Future of Philosophy and The Philosophy of the Future
  • Critical Thinking Skills

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • HIS4000 - Programme Level Assessment
  • HIS4332 - Professional Development and Placement
  • HIS4702 - Patterns and Periodisation in History
  • HIS4712 - The Historian's Craft
  • HUM4992 - Ethics and Society
  • TRS4102 - Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion
  • TRS4512 - Introduction to Philosophy: Questions and Concepts

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • HIS5702 - Problems in History
  • HIS5712 - Research and Discovery
  • HIS5752 - Professional Development and Placement
  • TRS5202 - Body: Bio-Ethics and Sexual Ethics
  • TRS5412 - Modern Philosophy: Mind, Self and World

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • HIS6104 - Dissertation
  • HUM6012 - Great Thinkers 2: Applying Political Ideas
  • HUM6232 - History and Philosophy Research Report
  • HUM6234 - History / Philosophy Dissertation
  • HUM6252 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • TRS6112 - The Future of Philosophy of Religion
  • TRS6202 - Social Ethics

*3% EXAMS | 73% COURSEWORK | 16% LECTURE TIME

*according to the latest figures from HESA
 
At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.
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This programme is designed to build on your enthusiasm for asking questions about the world and challenging received opinions. Through the ages, historians and philosophers have grappled with questions of who we are, what we should do and why. These questions are not abstract, but often appear as urgent aspects of our daily lives. 'Is my sense of personal identity something I was born with or something I acquired from the society I grew up in?' 'Should we apologise and make amends for historical injustices our society committed in the past?'

The programme helps you find and analyse knowledge in a thorough and professional manner and produce new knowledge in creative new ways. Our inter-connected and multicultural world needs new answers and we need to learn how to create them as well as evaluate or challenge the answers others come up with. It is about developing clarity and a confident ability to work with these big open-ended questions and also offering the opportunity for employers to recognise the value of graduates who learn, understand, challenge and create.

Modules at each level continue from previous study, affirming skills learned and preparing for the skills required in the following year's study. This helps you develop confidence in inquiry, analysis and presentation. Study skills and research methods are explained and you will incorporate these into the design and execution of your own research projects, culminating in a major final-year dissertation on a topic of your choice. The learning and teaching is specifically structured to allow you to become a graduate capable of producing new insights and responses as well as recovering and re-presenting previous insights.

The programme in History and Philosophy is delivered using a variety of styles, including lectures, seminar-style discussion of a particular topic, class debates on live issues, prepared presentations by students, group work, and other exercises as appropriate. Guidance and feedback on reading, research and essay-writing is embedded in the learning and teaching process.
In addition, you will be required to complete at least two placements on your programme. 

We make extensive use of electronic media, e-books, and especially Moodle, Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support class sessions and to enable 24/7 access to learning materials from off-campus. 

On this course students undertake two 20-credit Personal Development and Placement modules with the option to take a third. As part of the Level 4 module students will participate in a group project exploring and developing project management and teamwork skills. In the spring term of Level 5 there is a six-week professional work placement sandwiched between periods of preparation and reflection on students' learning. Finally, students can choose to take a Level 6 option module in which they negotiate and complete an individual project for an external institution or company.

At Level 6 high-achieving students are offered the choice of a 40-credit Dissertation/Project module to provide an extended opportunity for critical thinking skill development. All students complete a module by independent research, guided by a staff supervisor. There are opportunities throughout the programme to engage in extra-curricular activities and volunteering related to your graduate prospects.


Assessment

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.
Assessments tailored to this programme include presentations, portfolios and book reviews, as well as essays and exams.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme.

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class.

Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 104 UCAS tariff points.

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language.​

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses.  We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates before a final decision is made. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk​​

UK & EU Students:

​​Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2017-18. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Tuition fees may rise with inflation in future years. Find out more

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student VisaFind out more

​We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:
  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015
  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.  
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online
Rosemary Mitchell

Rosemary Mitchell

I'm a Level 4 tutor. I'll get to know you from the very beginning of your induction week. I also often teach Patterns and Periodisation in the first year. 

I'm particularly interested in public history - that's the way history is presented to non-academic audiences - so I often teach on modules which cover the heritage industry, historical films and novels, and the history textbook.

Academic staff profiles

​The history strand is uniquely designed to develop your historical and transferable skills progressively, while allowing you to study a range of exciting and interesting topics like turning points in British history, American Civil Rights, and early modern witchcraft. Teaching, learning, and assessment methods are also innovative with student presentations, poster displays, role-play, workshops, and fieldwork all playing a role - not just lectures and exams!

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Joseph fully embraced school life and developed excellent relationships with both the pupils and his peers. He has been offered employment as a mentor one day per week due to a very successful placement.

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Professional Work Placements

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Graduates may find employment in the culture and heritage sector, media, teaching and further academic study.
Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as PGCE courses and MSc Psychology (conversion)which we provide here at Leeds Trinity. 

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History and Philosophy Unistats
You may have noticed that there are no Unistats available  for this programme. This is because this programme is new, the results you’ll see are actually a combination of results from similar programmes.
 
If you need any further information on the Unistats data, please just contact us at enquiries@leedstrinity.ac.uk or on 0113 283 7150.

91%​

91% of our Humanities students agree that the criteria used in marking have been clear in advance (NSS 2016).​

Outstanding Support​

The Times Higher Education shortlisted us in the Outstanding Support for Students category in their 2015 Awards

​2nd in the UK​

We're ranked 2nd in the UK for student satisfaction with feedback and assessment, according to the 2016 Guardian's University Guide

​Work Placements​

We arrange over 1,200 professional work placements for our students every year

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