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BA in Modern and Contemporary History (Full Time)

Aberystwyth University

Bachelor Degree , History

Course Description

The Modern and Contemporary History degree at Aberystwyth University covers the period from the French Revolution to the present day. It explores an era marked by mass participation, whether in politics, war or culture. It illuminates the contradictions of modernity- characterized by utopian experiments and their often nightmarish outcomes, by the proclamation of human rights, genocide and ethnic cleansing, and by the promise of reason, science and technology.

  • History has been taught in Aberystwyth since 1872, making our department the oldest in Wales and one of the foremost in Britain.
  • Our degrees are innovative ensuring you can get the best qualification.
  • Our subject areas range from early to modern history, political history, social history, economic and cultural history.
  • In addition to a fine University library, as a History student at Aberystwyth, you will have access to the National Library of Wales. One of only five copyright libraries in the United Kingdom, with over six million books, maps, prints and manuscripts, this prestigious library is situated within a five-minute walk of the Department. You will find this an especially valuable and helpful resource when studying your special subject and writing your dissertation in your final year.
  • Discover another part of the world, new culture and opportunities through our Erasmus + and International Exchange programmes.

The Modern and Contemporary History degree at Aberystwyth University covers the period from the French Revolution to the present day. It explores an era marked by mass participation, whether in politics, war or culture. It illuminates the contradictions of modernity- characterized by utopian experiments and their often nightmarish outcomes, by the proclamation of human rights, genocide and...

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Course Content

In your first year you may discover:

  • New concepts and historical skills;
  • New methods and periods;
  • Russian History;
  • Britain and the Frist World War;
  • Exciting recent historical works;
  • Our choice of other modules which reflect a broad chronological and thematic range.

In the second year you may explore:

  • Historical method, which examines the way in which the meaning, methods and writing of history have changed over time;
  • Crime, Riots and Morality in Wales (1750-1850);
  • The Victorian Culture and Society;
  • an insight into the historian’s craft;
  • our different topics and periods from our extensive module list.

In your third year you may study:

  • A special subject which enables you go into in depth research, using original sources all of which enabling you to deploy the critical; research skills of a practising historian;
  • The British Society and the French revolution;
  • Russia and Stalinism;
  • Germany and the Nazi regime;
  • The Vietnam War.

In your first year you may discover: New concepts and historical skills; New methods and periods; Russian History; Britain and the Frist World War; Exciting recent historical works; Our choice of other modules which reflect a broad chronological and thematic range. In the second...

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Assessment Methods

UCAS Tariff 96 - 120

A Levels BBB-CCC

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-MMM

International Baccalaureate:
30-26

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall

UCAS Tariff 96 - 120 A Levels BBB-CCC GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4): English or Welsh BTEC National Diploma: DDM-MMM International Baccalaureate: 30-26 European Baccalaureate: 75%-65%...

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