This integrated degree brings together the two complementary disciplines of politics and history.
- We combine the teaching of comparative 20th century politics and political ideas with modern global, political and social history, with a focus on Britain, Europe, America and the Middle East.
- The course examines past issues of conflict, poverty, marginalised communities, environment and gender throughout history.
- It aims to enhance your understanding of today’s socio-political problems and associated decision-making.
Why you should study this course
You can develop academic and professional skills which are embedded into the course. We provide you with opportunities to improve your powers of reason, judgment, critical thinking, analysis and problem solving.
- You can gain an insight into the working of modern political systems and an understanding of the ideas and theories underlying contemporary political structures, movements and debates.
- We teach the transformation of Britain during the period of transition from late Victorian Imperialism, with its emphasis on individualism and self-help, to the creation of the welfare state.
- We examine the major developments and themes in world politics since the end of the Second World War.
- With an emphasis on contemporary European history, we examine key aspects of world history in the 20th and 21stcenturies.
International experience opportunities
This course has an inherently international perspective, studying the history and contemporary politics of a range of countries from around the world. The course is taught by both British and non-British staff and a regular proportion of students are recruited from the EU and overseas, providing a multicultural learning experience.
We are keen to provide an internationalised student experience, so will also support you if you wish to study abroad and have links with some of the most prestigious European universities, such as the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) in Berlin, Science Po in Bordeaux, the University of Heidelberg in Germany and the University of Lundt in Sweden. If you do not speak a foreign language, we can arrange a study year at an institution where courses are taught in English.
We organise an annual study trip abroad to a range of different destinations. For example, previous students have travelled to the United States to visit the Houses of Congress, the Pentagon, the Supreme Court, Ground Zero and the Constitutional Hall of Philadelphia. Another group spent a week in Sicily examining how the anti-mafia organisation Libera has been working to combat organised crime.
The skills and knowledge gained on this degree can lead to careers in government, business, media, lobbying, campaigning, voluntary organisations and international organisations like the United Nations (UN) or the European Commission.
Throughout the course, your academic study will be combined with broad-based skills development. When you graduate, you’ll have developed a range of transferrable skills, which are highly valued by employers, including excellent communications, critical thinking and analysis, strong presentation and listening skills.
Our Creative Futures employment team is on hand to offer tailored career and enterprise support if you wish to gain employment or take advantage of professional practice opportunities within course specific industries. You’ll have access to a designated employability officer who can advise you on career opportunities and give support to help you develop tailor-made job applications.
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