History BA (Hons)
COURSE INFORMATION (2013 ENTRY)
3 years full-timeArts, Design and Social Sciences
Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus
The degree offers a wide range of approaches to the study of history and provides a thorough training in the skills of the practising historian.
The course covers British, European and World history from the Medieval period to the present day. Students may also study a modern language at a level appropriate to their knowledge.
In Year 2 there is the opportunity to study abroad in either the USA or Europe. Students staying in Newcastle during this period will undertake a placement with an employer of their choice, that will allow you to explore possible career options.
LEARNING AND TEACHING METHODS
Through a balance of lectures, seminars, workshops and group and individual tutorials, supported by extensive digital and online learning resources, teaching is designed to support an increasing emphasis on specialisation and independent critical thinking and judgement, as you progress from year to year.
Lectures are used to stimulate learning and to provide a context for independent study. Specific tasks are set as preparation for seminars with their group discussions, whilst tutorials are used primarily for advice on assessed work and for feedback. Workshops support the practical elements of the programme and the dissertation.
Particularly in final year option modules, teaching reflects staff research expertise.
The range of assignments is varied and includes essays, various types of primary source work, written examinations, multiple-choice tests, practical report-writing, article reviews and a dissertation. Assessment tasks become increasingly specialised as you progress through your degree ensuring that you develop an expertise in the advanced study of History appropriate to graduates in the discipline.
Part of the distinctiveness of the History programme at Northumbria lies in the combination of academic rigour with a concern for practicality and employability. The programme is unusual in offering students the opportunity to undertake a short work experience project as part of the curriculum.
By the time you complete the degree, you should feel secure in your knowledge, understanding and skills, enabling you to approach the world of employment with self-assurance and a realistic sense of your own ability.
Our students are well placed to be successful in a wide variety of professions. Graduates have, for example, gained employment in South Tyneside Council, English Heritage, Tynemouth Priory and Castle, BBC Look North, Northern Rock, Hilton International, and as teachers in secondary and higher education. Postgraduate study at Master's and Doctoral levels is also a popular choice.
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