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History and Politics

Goldsmiths, University of London

  • September, 2020 Start Date

  • 3 years Duration

  • Full Time Study Mode

  • £9250.00 Course Fee

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Course Description

This exciting degree lets you explore the ways in which thinking about politics is vital to a study of history, and how the past development of social and political institutions and ideas is crucial to an understanding of contemporary politics.

  • This degree offers something different and exciting – we use interdisciplinary approaches to the subject and encourage you to explore issues, controversies and themes rather than chronological periods.
  • Goldsmiths is a place where you can challenge your assumptions and defamiliarise yourself from what you think you know – we’ll encourage you to look at the subjects from a range of perspectives.
  • You'll have the opportunity to gain precious industry-standard experience and apply your academic skills within the workplace through our placement scheme.
  • You'll work with staff who are enthusiastic researchers as well as being excellent teachers, many being recognised as international leaders in their field.
  • We're only 20 minutes by train from the centre of government and decision-making at Westminster, and you'll be able to make use of the many museums, galleries and exhibitions available in London.
  • You’ll be able to pursue a wide range of careers by developing your critical, analytical and communication skills; we help you think beyond the traditional boundaries of subjects in ways that employers really value.
  • We have a lively events programme that attracts renowned speakers, meaning that you'll have the opportunity to hear the latest political and historical arguments, theories, and ideas.

This exciting degree lets you explore the ways in which thinking about politics is vital to a study of history, and how the past development of social and political institutions and ideas is crucial to an understanding of contemporary politics. This degree offers something different and exciting – we use interdisciplinary approaches to the subject and encourage you to...

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Course Content

Taught jointly by the Departments of History and Politics and International Relations, this degree applies methods and concepts from both areas to inform your studies, and you are encouraged to examine links between the two disciplines. Our interdisciplinary approach will give you insights into the ways that social, cultural and political institutions have shaped, and continue to shape, our society.

Throughout the three years you study a range of units offered by both Departments - including a core unit for the study of History and Politics and International Relations, and a variety of complementary units - and are encouraged to examine links between the two areas.

Your study of the relationships between Historical processes and politics will be enhanced by Goldsmiths' growing reputation as a centre of excellence in cultural and social processes.

Taught jointly by the Departments of History and Politics and International Relations, this degree applies methods and concepts from both areas to inform your studies, and you are encouraged to examine links between the two disciplines. Our interdisciplinary approach will give you insights into the ways that social, cultural and political institutions have shaped, and continue...

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Available Dates

Location Start Date Price  

Classroom

New Cross, London

Full Time, 3 years

September, 2020

£9250.00

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Entry Requirements

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655 
Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher) or BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 75% preferably including History
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2

Additional requirements

At Goldsmiths we offer innovative and challenging degrees in history, as well as a stimulating environment amongst a diverse and exciting community of students. Many of our students have achieved very high A-level grades, and that is reflected in our standard A-level offer.

But above all we're looking for potential students who can demonstrate the range of skills, talents and interests necessary for this work, either through traditional A-levels or otherwise. We believe that all able students of whatever age and background who have the ability should have the chance to study at Goldsmiths, and we actively encourage applications from students with a wide range of relevant qualifications, especially the access diploma. We also offer a year 0 (foundation year) for students who need more preparation and experience before embarking on the BA. This is a longstanding commitment and practice. Consequently, over many years, a large number of our students have come from non-traditional backgrounds.

If you're interested in applying to Goldsmiths, whether you're currently studying or have been out of education for some time, we'd be delighted to hear from you. If you'd like further advice or have specific questions, please get in touch with the Admissions Tutor listed above.

International qualifications

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

We accept the following qualifications: A-level: BBB BTEC: DDM International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655  Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules

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Assessment Methods

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, extended essays, reports, presentations, practice-based projects or essays/logs, group projects, reflective essays, and seen and unseen written examinations.

The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 56% coursework, 44% written exam
  • Year 2 - 62% coursework, 38% written exam
  • Year 3 - 88% coursework, 12% written exam

*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2017/18. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices. 

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, extended essays, reports, presentations, practice-based projects or essays/logs, group projects, reflective essays, and seen and unseen written examinations. The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this...

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Student Satisfaction

Source: NSS

Overall student satisfaction
POLITICS
86%
of students were satisfied overall
HISTORY
74%
of students were satisfied overall
The teaching on my course
POLITICS
94% of students strongly agree that staff are good explaining things
84% of students strongly agree that staff have made the subject interesting
84% of students strongly agree that the course is intellectually stimulating
75% of students strongly agree that the course has challenged them to achieve their best work
HISTORY
84% of students strongly agree that staff are good explaining things
82% of students strongly agree that staff have made the subject interesting
84% of students strongly agree that the course is intellectually stimulating
66% of students strongly agree that the course has challenged them to achieve their best work
Learning opportunities
POLITICS
84% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth
81% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics
68% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt
HISTORY
69% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth
80% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics
61% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt
Assessment and feedback
POLITICS
69% of students strongly agree that the criteria used in marking have been clear in advance
72% of students strongly agree that the marking and assessment has been fair
80% of students strongly agree that the teedback on their work has been timely
87% of students strongly agree that they have received helpful comments on my work
HISTORY
59% of students strongly agree that the criteria used in marking have been clear in advance
69% of students strongly agree that the marking and assessment has been fair
40% of students strongly agree that the teedback on their work has been timely
67% of students strongly agree that they have received helpful comments on my work
Academic support
POLITICS
83% of students strongly agree that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to
71% of students strongly agree that they have received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to their course
79% of students strongly agree that good advice was available when they needed to make study choices on their course
HISTORY
72% of students strongly agree that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to
55% of students strongly agree that they have received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to their course
51% of students strongly agree that good advice was available when they needed to make study choices on their course
Organisation and management
POLITICS
70% of students strongly agree that the course is well organised and running smoothly
76% of students strongly agree that the timetable works efficiently for them
74% of students strongly agree that any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively
HISTORY
47% of students strongly agree that the course is well organised and running smoothly
67% of students strongly agree that the timetable works efficiently for them
63% of students strongly agree that any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively
Learning resources
POLITICS
67% of students strongly agree that the IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well
67% of students strongly agree that the library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported their learning well
65% of students strongly agree that they have been able to 3ess course-specific resources (e.g. equipment, facilities, software, collections) when they needed to
HISTORY
63% of students strongly agree that the IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well
73% of students strongly agree that the library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported their learning well
71% of students strongly agree that they have been able to 3ess course-specific resources (e.g. equipment, facilities, software, collections) when they needed to
Learning community
POLITICS
40% of students strongly agree that they feel part of a community of staff and students
65% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of their course
HISTORY
44% of students strongly agree that they feel part of a community of staff and students
64% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of their course
Student voice
POLITICS
84% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on their course
89% of students strongly agree that staff value students’ views and opinions about the course
46% of students strongly agree that it is clear how students’ feedback on the course has been acted on
47% of students strongly agree that the students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’ academic interests
HISTORY
75% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on their course
63% of students strongly agree that staff value students’ views and opinions about the course
48% of students strongly agree that it is clear how students’ feedback on the course has been acted on
50% of students strongly agree that the students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’ academic interests

University TEF Outcome

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Statistics for Politics

Source: hesa.ac.uk

  • UCAS Points80

  • Employment Rate90%

  • Average Graduate Salary£22000

Statistics for History

Source: hesa.ac.uk

  • UCAS PointsN/A

  • Employment RateN/A

  • Average Graduate Salary£18000

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