Your first year will provide you with a solid foundation of skills and knowledge in the disciplines of politics and history.
History modules will provide you with the skills to conduct your own historical research and inquiry, using documents, images, and digital records, also considering the ways in which historians interpret key events and debate their causes and their subsequent influences.
The Politics modules compare the development of diverse national political systems and also analyse the growth and development of modern political structures and concepts through study of classical political theories.
At the end of Year 1, you will participate in a placement in which you apply the skills you’ve gained in a professional context, providing you with valuable work experience.
Throughout these modules you will receive continual feedback, helping you to develop your thinking and approach. You will have a solid foundation in philosophy and history, with a strong skillset, prepared to pursue your own interests.
In your second year you will begin to develop your own interests and specialisms.
Politics modules provide opportunities to explore the rise (and decline) of party politics and the rise of modern political, and politicised, media and its impact on the nature of political process. Option modules investigate international institutions and the challenges they face from global pandemics, natural disasters, terrorism, and climate change.
In the second year History modules, you will have the opportunity to study themes and topics in greater detail, as you learn to become an independent historian in your own right. You will be encouraged to define your own particular topics of study, exploring modern and contemporary history from Western and non-Western perspectives, and you will engage in in-depth analysis, using more advanced historical approaches and methods. You continue to develop your employability skills with workshops and a placement, giving you a taste of various careers.
In your final year, you will have greater scope to define your topics and choose your approaches, as an intendent learner, engaging with cutting edge contemporary problems and debates. You will work individually with a lecturer to plan, research and write a dissertation. Further modules cover such areas as: state security; the role of the media in reporting international crises; environmental history; the development of modern international relations, and debates about contemporary freedom of speech.