Do you have a fascination with the past and its impact on the present? Both are essential interests when undertaking a History degree!
An examination of the political and social changes that have shaped our world lies at the heart of this course: understanding the past can help us to make sense of the present.
By exploring the political, cultural, social and environmental history of pre-dominantly Britain, Europe and America, we will consider some of the defining moments and events of 19th and 20th century. You can also choose from a variety of specialist subject areas, such as the history of ideas, gender, globalisation, international crime, race, conservation and documentary making.
We have an outstanding track record for graduate employability – 100% employed or in further study six months after graduating. The development of intellectual and professional skills valued by employers is embedded into the course; you will have opportunity to improve your powers of reason, judgment, critical thinking, analysis problem-solving, and media production.
The analysis and interpretation of history provide an essential context for evaluating contemporary institutions, politics, society and culture. It can also provide a unique insight into human civilisation.
This course investigates the impact of ideas and ideologies that have shaped our perception of the world. We focus on the impact of social, political and cultural changes which have affected the development of society. We also consider the relationship between our past and present, specifically how understanding the evolution of culture and society can allow us to enact positive change today.
Why choose this course?
History at Coventry University links the study of the past to the state of society today. This allows our graduates to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to shape tomorrow’s world.
Studying the way different societies and institutions of authority have developed and changed over time will help you to understand why people and governments act the way they do. It will also provide you with the opportunity to develop your global perspective and provide a broad knowledge of different cultures to prepare you for an international career in our globalised world.
We will study the evolution and interaction of different states and societies around the globe. The course focuses on the period of history since 1860, with an emphasis on the 20th century. However, we will also cover earlier events to better understand important ideas, trends and developments, including race relations, the long history of climate change and the rise and fall nation-states and organisations such as the EU.
Topics include the study of social movements, nonviolent protest, popular culture, political struggles and democratic advances and set-backs across the world. You will have opportunity to gain an appreciation of the changing nature of historiographical debates and, in doing so, will develop your ability to analyse and then prioritise sources of information and evidence, skills vital to decision making and a prerequisite in almost any career.
You may choose to specialise in North American, European, environmental or social history, including the history of organised crime. You will also have the opportunity to learn how to produce and disseminate documentary films and other new media projects, providing you with invaluable digital skills alongside an ability to write, study independently, analyse, and think critically.
The course provides an excellent foundation to pursue a range of careers in the public, private and voluntary sectors within areas such as documentary and media production, journalism, civil service, teaching, finance, event organisation, and digital publishing.
International experience opportunities
One of the key features of this course is that it provides an international experience through both the content of your course and the opportunity to spend time abroad. The course is taught from an international perspective with both British and global scholars collaborating to produce new learning experiences.
We are keen to provide an internationalised student experience, so will also support you if you wish to study abroad. We have links with some of the most prestigious European universities, such as the Science Po in Bordeaux, the University of Lund in Sweden and the University of Political Sciences in The Hague. 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 a range of annual study trips, which have included trips to Berlin, Sicily, Brussels/Strasbourg, Krakow and the US. On these trips, students have met with former Stasi prisoners, holocaust survivors and had talks from a range of academic experts. They have toured budding cultural centres in places such as Harlem in New York and have participated in the production of documentary films about ongoing cultural and political developments with deep historic roots. Previous students spent a week in Sicily, for example, examining how the anti-mafia organisation Libera has been working to combat organised crime.
Throughout the course, your academic study will be combined with broad-based skills development. When you graduate, you will have had opportunity to develop a range of transferrable skills, which are highly valued by employers, including excellent communications, critical thinking and analysis, strong presentation and listening skills.
These skills, together with your knowledge of the world, would make you suited to careers in government, business, media production, digital publishing, journalism, lobbying, campaigning, voluntary organisations and international organisations like the United Nations (UN) or the European Commission.
Our 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.
Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.