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BA in History and Politics (Full Time)

University of Westminster

Bachelor Degree , History

Course Description

This course gives you a unique opportunity to study two deeply complementary disciplines. History and Politics make natural bedfellows: history (and the writing of history) is entrenched in politics and political frameworks, whilst contemporary politics and political institutions, organisations and movements can only be fully understood when examined in longer historical patterns. Combining these degrees thus equips you with the analytical tools to explore and understand societies, both then and now.

In this course, you will explore the factors which have helped shape the modern world since 1789 – including war and revolution, nationalism and liberalism, democracy, socialism and fascism – from both the historical and political perspectives. Based in the heart of London, you will make the most of the city’s resources, interacting first-hand with your subject matter through field-walks and visits. Aside from learning the main themes, skills and approaches in both disciplines, you will also be able to choose from a wide range of optional modules, which give you a truly global outlook: history lectures explore the modern histories of Europe, China, Africa, South-East Asia and America to offer British, European and international perspectives, whilst Politics modules focus on Britain, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, Asia and America. You can study an elective module from across the university in each year, and also take a credit-bearing history or politics internship or language class.

All of these things are aimed not only at creating the minds of the future, but also at enhancing your employability for life after university. By gaining a wide range of research, analytical and evaluative skills, our graduates are highly sought after by employers in education, government, international organisations, media, marketing, NGOs and all sectors of industry. In fact, during your degree you have the option to undertake either history or politics-focused internships, or to learn a new language, opportunities which many of our students seize and thoroughly enjoy.

Ultimately, by completing a degree in History and Politics here, you have the opportunity to study two fundamental disciplines in one of the world’s oldest and most influential political capitals. Research underpins much of our teaching, and we encourage you into a community of scholars through teaching which will enthuse and inspire you. A wide range of assessments includes essays, critical analyses, documentary analyses, individual and group presentations, blogs, open and closed book exams, statistical analyses, reports and a dissertation.

London is our campus, but as students of a joint degree you are also given the opportunity to travel to international destinations from Europe to Asia. We look forward to meeting you.

This course gives you a unique opportunity to study two deeply complementary disciplines. History and Politics make natural bedfellows: history (and the writing of history) is entrenched in politics and political frameworks, whilst contemporary politics and political institutions, organisations and movements can only be fully understood when examined in longer historical patterns. Combining...

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Course Content

YEAR 1

Subjects of study include:

  • Blood and Iron. The Making of the Modern World Part One: 1750-1914
  • British Politics
  • Democracy in Crisis
  • Global Governance and the State
  • History and Politics Tutorial
  • Objects and Meaning: World Cultures in London Galleries and Museums
  • Political Ideas in Action
  • Politics of Migration
  • The Blitz: Image, Impact, Legacy 1940-1951

Credit Level 4

YEAR 2

Subjects of study include:

  • Civil War to Civil Rights: Race, Society and Politics in the USA 1850-1970
  • Fenians to Free State: the Making of Modern Ireland 1868-1923
  • History Internship OR Politics and International Relations Internship
  • New Liberals to New Labour: British Politics 1906-2010
  • Politics and Society in 21st Century America
  • Power and the State
  • Questioning Rights: History, Theory and Practice
  • Research Skills and Dissertation Preparation (Writing History OR Doing Political Research)
  • Theorising Politics and International Relations

Credit Level 5

YEAR 3

Subjects of study include:

  • Advanced Readings in Contemporary Political Theory
  • Equality, Justice and Citizenship
  • History and Politics Dissertation
  • New World Order: a History of International Organisations in the Twentieth Century
  • Post-colonial Politics
  • Radical Democracy
  • Sex, Race, and the Making of Modern Britain, 1880-1912
  • The End of History? Crisis and Conflict since the Cold War
  • The Troubles: Britain and Northern Ireland 1968-1998
  • Unruly Colossus: Churchill, Politician and Writer 1874-1965

Credit Level 6

YEAR 1 Subjects of study include: Blood and Iron. The Making of the Modern World Part One: 1750-1914 British Politics Democracy in Crisis Global Governance and the State History and Politics Tutorial Objects and Meaning: World Cultures in London Galleries and Museums Political Ideas...

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Entry Requirements

  • A Levels – BCC to ABB
  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points. We also welcome applications from students taking the IB Career related Programme
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM to DDM Humanities subject
  • BTEC Diploma – D*D to D*D* + A Level in a Humanities subject
  • Access – 104 to 128  UCAS Tariff points from the Access course in a Humanities subject

In addition to one of the above, you should have: 

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher Level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of qualifications listed above.

A Levels – BCC to ABB International Baccalaureate – 27 points. We also welcome applications from students taking the IB Career related Programme BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM to DDM Humanities subject BTEC Diploma – D*D to D*D* + A Level in a...

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