The study of the past allows you to understand the present and shape the future. Studying history gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a range of historic periods.
Additional key points:
- We have designed the History BA (Hons) to help you understand the historical forces that have shaped the modern world. It looks at how issues such as racism, gender constructs, class, political identities, war, and the environment have intersected, interacted, and evolved to change human societies over time.
- This course aims to develop your critical thinking skills and analyse themes and voices from a range of marginalised communities. We will encourage you to explore primary (historic) sources and have access those used by historians.
- You will also be expected to develop a portfolio of historical pieces with evidence from media artefacts and your learning from any international experiences. (These include accredited field trips and online international learning projects).
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 you should study this course
- International experiences: a range of field trips* which turn learning experiences into international experiences; an optional sandwich year; and collaborative online international learning (COIL) to develop global citizens who are sensitive to the needs of a range of international communities.
- Tactile learning: engagement with historical artefacts such as newspapers and other documents to learn about how societies were informed, and shaped.
- Innovative learning and assessment: learn how to use digital tools to produce documentaries; create video and radio podcasts; development of digital literacy skills.
- Critical thinking: a focus on the ways in which critical questioning of the past can help you to understand the social, cultural, and political forces which have shaped societies through the present day.
- Academic Community: The creation of learning experiences built around collaboration and research, taught by a group of historians who are accessible and who work with you to help you build a portfolio of experiences which will aid you in preparing for the post-graduation market or further studies.
- Specialised degree paths: Specialise in an exciting range of topics and themes within the history programme. These include American history; Modern European history; Espionage Studies; Environmentalism; organised crime; and the history and politics of the far-right.
- An emphasis on fieldwork and engaging with local communities to explore, analyse, and tell their historic stories.
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.
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