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International History and Global Politics

BA (Hons)

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Be taught by leading experts in the field of IR, Intelligence and Security

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Get ready for life after university by developing your employability and skills

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Our department achieved 100% overall student satisfaction in the 2018 NSS

UCAS code:
VV13
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
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Duration:
3 Years
Start date:
9 September 2019
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Learn about the origins and dynamics of the modern world; acquire the skills and knowledge you’ll need to take it on.

International History and Global Politics is perfect if you want to understand our global past and turbulent present.

Beginning in the 18th century, we'll help you trace the development of modern international history, with a special focus on the global politics of the present day.

From the French Revolution to 9/11, you will gain a detailed understanding of world-historical events and processes. With the close guidance and friendly support of your tutors, you will learn to study independently. Using the methods and approaches of academic historians and international relations experts, our carefully designed degree will help enhance your employability.

Learn more about British, Irish, European, Central Asian, American, Middle-Eastern and South Asian history. Explore the histories of gender, migration and refugees, intelligence and security, and conflict resolution and humanitarianism. You will also benefit from work placements and specialised study skills services.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) International History and Global Politics

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) International History and Global Politics

Course content

In Year 1 you'll develop your own areas of interest and specialism, and engage in debates with other students. Our academic team will introduce you to key concepts in:

  • Modern world history and global politics
  • History of political thought
  • An introduction to American history
  • Modern ‘life stories’

Careful attention will be paid to developing your study skills, giving you the ability to excel in years two and three no matter your level of confidence when you begin your degree.

In Year 2 there are two core modules:

  • International Society: From Westphalia to the Present (Lets you focus on your particular interests in global politics)
  • Dissertation Preparation Plan

You will also be able to choose option modules (shared with Modern History), which draw on the combined expertise and extensive teaching experience of our history and politics team. You will be able to explore a diverse range of subjects such as:

  • History of gender
  • Modern Ireland
  • Political thought in the 20th century
  • The Soviet Union and its people
  • Modern Italy
  • Intelligence agencies and governments
  • Human rights

There is also an optional History work placement module which gives you a unique chance to work with professionals. This could include being a research assistant to a politics and international relations lecturer, with history and politics teachers in secondary or primary schools, and other settings.

In Year 3, your dissertation will help you to develop your research, organisational and analytical skills which are much sought after by employers, combined with a further choice of option modules. Our tutors will guide you every step of the way, to help ensure that your hard work and effort see you fulfil your potential.

In Year 1 you'll develop your own areas of interest and specialism, and engage in debates with other students. Our academic team will introduce you to key concepts in:

  • Modern world history and global politics
  • History of political thought
  • An introduction to American history
  • Modern ‘life stories’

Careful attention will be paid to developing your study skills, giving you the ability to excel in years two and three no matter your level of confidence when you begin your degree.

In Year 2 there are two core modules:

  • International Society: From Westphalia to the Present (Lets you focus on your particular interests in global politics)
  • Dissertation Preparation Plan

You will also be able to choose option modules (shared with Modern History), which draw on the combined expertise and extensive teaching experience of our history and politics team. You will be able to explore a diverse range of subjects such as:

  • History of gender
  • Modern Ireland
  • Political thought in the 20th century
  • The Soviet Union and its people
  • Modern Italy
  • Intelligence agencies and governments
  • Human rights

There is also an optional History work placement module which gives you a unique chance to work with professionals. This could include being a research assistant to a politics and international relations lecturer, with history and politics teachers in secondary or primary schools, and other settings.

In Year 3, your dissertation will help you to develop your research, organisational and analytical skills which are much sought after by employers, combined with a further choice of option modules. Our tutors will guide you every step of the way, to help ensure that your hard work and effort see you fulfil your potential.

Modules

This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2019/2020 full-time undergraduate courses only. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any full-time 2019-2020 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Year 1 compulsory modules
International History in the 20th Century
Life Stories in Modern Times
History of Political Thought
Introduction to Global Politics
Issues in Global Politics
History of the USA from 1776-1941
The USA and the World 1941-Present
Year 2 compulsory modules
International Society: From Westphalia to the Present
Advanced History Practice: The First World War
Year 3 compulsory modules
International History and Global Politics Dissertation

Entry requirements

Typical UCAS offer: 112 points

A levels: BBC

BTEC: DMM

Typical UCAS offer: 112 points

A levels: BBC

BTEC: DMM

Facilities

Careers

Graduates from our International History and Global Politics degree work in a variety of fields, including:

  • Law – solicitor, barrister
  • Libraries, archives and records management
  • Public sector – local government, civil service, media and research
  • Teaching – primary, secondary, further and higher education
  • Private sector – management, media and research
  • Third sector – charities, non-governmental organisations
  • Governmental organisations
  • International organisations

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

Teaching on our course is rigorous and supportive, ensuring you achieve your maximum potential.

You will experience a wide variety of approaches to teaching, including lectures, seminars, and tutorials. We also use a 2-hour workshop format which includes short lectures, individual and group tasks and then quick feedback about what has taken place. You will have the opportunity to undertake independent research assignments, whole group and small group exercises, and guided development of presentations to help develop your assignments.

Throughout, we focus on ensuring that you progress through your degree in a cumulative way, gaining both subject knowledge and analytical, critical and communicative skills. In our thematic and skills-based modules you will learn to reflect upon a wide range of approaches to the study of international history and global politics, whilst our placement modules help you to understand how your subject knowledge and skills can be used in a range of different workplace settings.

Teaching on our course is rigorous and supportive, ensuring you achieve your maximum potential.

You will experience a wide variety of approaches to teaching, including lectures, seminars, and tutorials. We also use a 2-hour workshop format which includes short lectures, individual and group tasks and then quick feedback about what has taken place. You will have the opportunity to undertake independent research assignments, whole group and small group exercises, and guided development of presentations to help develop your assignments.

Throughout, we focus on ensuring that you progress through your degree in a cumulative way, gaining both subject knowledge and analytical, critical and communicative skills. In our thematic and skills-based modules you will learn to reflect upon a wide range of approaches to the study of international history and global politics, whilst our placement modules help you to understand how your subject knowledge and skills can be used in a range of different workplace settings.

Assessment

International History and Global Politics employs an innovative range of assessments including essays, research papers, e-learning exercises, poster presentations, reports, reflective diaries, class tests and oral presentations.

International History and Global Politics employs an innovative range of assessments including essays, research papers, e-learning exercises, poster presentations, reports, reflective diaries, class tests and oral presentations.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Staff

You will be guided by leading experts in the fields of History, International Relations and Politics, who have devised and run modules in conjunction with both their own research specialisms and the best interests of their students. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Dr Fiona Robertson-Snape
Dr Fiona Robertson-SnapeSenior Lecturer International Relations

Fiona's expertise is in international relations theory and international ethics. Her research interests cover international society, human rights and international criminal justice.

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Dr Tony Craig
Dr Tony CraigAssociate Professor in Modern History

Tony's expertise is in Northern Ireland, intelligence and security studies, archive research, conflict resolution.

His research interests include Irish foreign policy, British foreign policy, intelligence history, 
terrorism, security studies and decolonisation.

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Dr Simon Smith
Dr Simon SmithAssociate Professor of Security and International Relations

Simon's expertise covers EU-NATO Cooperation, transatlantic security and European and US defence transformation.

His research interests include transatlantic security and reforming European defence and the defence and security implications of an independent Scotland.

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Martin Brown
Martin BrownSenior Lecturer in History

Martin teaches modern Italian and European history, local and community history and 18th Century English history, with an emphasis on social, cultural and political history.

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Dr Alun Thomas
Dr Alun ThomasLecturer in Modern European History

Alun's research interests cover the history of Russia and the Soviet Union and Central Asia; imperialism, colonialism, decolonisation, refugeedom, itinerance; nomadism,nationalism, state-building, urbanisation, memory and patrimonialisation.

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Dr Sita Bali
Dr Sita BaliAcademic Group Leader

Sita's research interests are in the politics of South Asia, particularly India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Politics of international migration and refugee movements. Security Studies, particularly migration and security, and the 'War on Terror' and it impact. Publications include articles on Indian politics and various aspects of international migration.

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Dr Peter Lamb
Dr Peter LambAssociate Professor of Politics and International Relations

Peter’s teaching and research interests are in political thought and international thought, especially in the 19th and 20th century. He has published widely in these fields.

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For the course starting on 9 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Part-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£4,620 per year of study

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
BA (Hons)
Full-time
9 September 2019

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