History and Politics BA (Hons)
COURSE INFORMATION (2013 ENTRY)
3 years full-timeArts, Design and Social Sciences
Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus
This intellectually stimulating and exciting programme allows students to gain a specialised knowledge of two disciplines and to explore the possible interdisciplinary connections between them in relations to topics like the growth of the state, the development of democratic institutions, and the progress of European integration after 1945. The programme of study begins with a basic grounding in the methods and disciplines of each subject, and introductory modules that introduce the student to the content of both disciplines. In Year 1, students follow introductory modules in Pre-Industrial and Modern History and in Introductions to Political Thought and Politics and Government.
In Year 2, students are offered a choice from a wide range of history options, and develop an enhanced understanding of political ideologies and political systems in democratic politics. In addition, students take a core employability module in planning a cultural heritage project. In their final year, students are given a choice of from a wide range of options in both disciplines to develop their studies further, and are also offered the opportunity to write a dissertation in either History or Politics.
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, portfolios, practical report-writing, article reviews seminar logs, workbooks, presentations, 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 and Politics appropriate to graduates in the discipline.
Part of the distinctiveness of the History and Politics 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.
Graduates go on to a wide range of jobs including managerial and professional posts in the public and not-for-profit sectors, such as local and central government, the police, community safety, health agencies, the civil service. Others move into careers in business including the retail sector, media, marketing, information technology and advertising.
Some of our graduates choose a dedicated career path by taking an additional qualification and entering the teaching, social work and legal professions. Postgraduate study at Master’s and Doctoral levels is also a popular choice.
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