History and Politics BA (Hons)

UCAS code LV21 BA/HP

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About this course 2018/19

Are you looking for a degree that combines the study of history and politics with 21st-century employability? At Northumbria we offer a high level of academic rigour as well as thorough training in analytical skills.

Core modules provide a grounding in both history and politics as well as the links between them. Optional modules offer considerable flexibility to pick and choose from a range of periods and themes: from the later Roman Empire to the politics of oil and global warming.

100% of History and Politics students say that they are satisfied overall with their course (National Student Survey, 2016).

The course teaches transferable skills, with options for work placement as well as a period of study abroad. The first year emphasises the acquisition of research and communication skills, the second employability and project management, and the third independent learning through a research project of your choice.

 

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Experience for free Northumbria's excellence in teaching and research with the University's Institute of Humanities, all from your own home.

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Learn from the best

With a large number of staff who are researchers in history and politics, you will learn from experts. According to the National Student Survey 2015, 100% of our students said that Northumbria staff make the subject interesting, while 93% agreed that their tutors were good at explaining course material.

Our staff are not only teaching their specialist subjects but also writing textbooks and adding new knowledge and perspectives to our understanding of the past and contemporary politics.

Northumbria is ranked in the top 20 in the UK for research power in history, according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

caption: Meet the team

Teaching and Assessment

Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, small-group discussions and individual tutorials. These will be supported by regular feedback and consultation hours during which you can discuss your progress with a personal tutor and ask further questions. We make sure that extensive feedback from tutors and peers is built into the course.

Our assessment strategy is designed to support student-centred learning, based on our understanding that everyone has different needs, strengths, and enthusiasms. Assessments will develop your communication skills while also testing your grasp of the learning outcomes for each module. Assessment methods will include debates, oral presentations, essays, portfolios of work and a final-year dissertation.

A wide range of option modules are offered on this course. To ensure the quality of the student learning experience, some modules are subject to minimum and maximum student numbers.

Learning Environment

We are using a variety of electronic resources to support your studies, for instance by posting guidance and lecture materials on the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and by making core readings available online. The academic team is always looking to find new ways to facilitate interaction, and this includes the use of mobile technology and social media.

The 24/7 University Library achieves some of the highest levels of student satisfaction in the UK and has held the Cabinet Office accreditation for Customer Service Excellence since 2010. There are over half a million print books and half a million electronic books available online. Further facilities are available at the Institute for the Humanities, in the University’s Lipman Building. These include a resource room, specialist computing equipment and interview rooms. Students also have access to a designated Humanities Student Hub in the Lipman Building, providing space for self-study, group work or a rest in between teaching sessions.

caption: University Library

Research-rich Learning

At Northumbria your learning will be directly impacted by the teaching team’s passion for the past, as well as their professionalism and enthusiasm for engaging with primary documents. Their research is fundamental to the University’s distinctive learning experience.

In each year of the course, we will develop your research skills as you critique different interpretations of the past, formulate questions, and develop coherent arguments. In the final year you will undertake a dissertation on a topic that you negotiate with tutors. It is a test of academic maturity that will enable you to demonstrate independent learning, intellectual rigour, and self-directed purpose.

caption: Department Research

Give your career an edge

During the second year of the course you will have the chance to undertake a work placement in an institution such as a museum, archive, heritage site, or comparable employer. This will give you an awareness of how the skills of historical study can be applied professionally.

You will also have the opportunity to spend a semester in North America or Europe, continuing your historical studies in a new context. You can study a foreign language to assist with this, or travel to broaden your cultural horizons. An international outlook will give you an extra edge in the job market.

Every module will play a role in developing and reinforcing the transferable attributes that are necessary for graduate employment: effective time management, excellent communication, good teamwork and high level analysis.

caption: Student Placements

Your Future

History and Politics graduates are especially valued because of their transferable communication skills and the way they evaluate evidence and think critically. You can use your degree as a platform to launch a career in areas such as finance, law, journalism and the civil service. There are also jobs in museums and archive management, or you can also consider becoming a professional researcher by studying further at the postgraduate level.

Whatever you decide to do, you will have strong employability as a result of having acquired the characteristics of a Northumbria graduate. These include critical reflection and self-learning, collaboration and curiosity, and the ability to apply your knowledge to solve problems in ways that are sustainable and ethical.

About this course 2019/20

Are you looking for a degree that combines the study of history and politics with 21st-century employability? At Northumbria we offer a high level of academic rigour as well as thorough training in analytical skills.

Core modules provide a grounding in both history and politics as well as the links between them. Optional modules offer considerable flexibility to pick and choose from a range of periods and themes: from the later Roman Empire to the politics of oil and global warming.

100% of History and Politics students say that they are satisfied overall with their course (National Student Survey, 2016).

The course teaches transferable skills, with options for work placement as well as a period of study abroad. The first year emphasises the acquisition of research and communication skills, the second employability and project management, and the third independent learning through a research project of your choice.

 

USA-MOOC-In -Page CROPNorthumbria has just launched its first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) exploring the fascinating history and culture of the American South from colonial times to the 21st century.

Experience for free Northumbria's excellence in teaching and research with the University's Institute of Humanities, all from your own home.

Click the image to find out more.

 

Learn from the best

With a large number of staff who are researchers in history and politics, you will learn from experts. According to the National Student Survey 2015, 100% of our students said that Northumbria staff make the subject interesting, while 93% agreed that their tutors were good at explaining course material.

Our staff are not only teaching their specialist subjects but also writing textbooks and adding new knowledge and perspectives to our understanding of the past and contemporary politics.

Northumbria is ranked in the top 20 in the UK for research power in history, according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

caption: Meet the team

Teaching and Assessment

Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, small-group discussions and individual tutorials. These will be supported by regular feedback and consultation hours during which you can discuss your progress with a personal tutor and ask further questions. We make sure that extensive feedback from tutors and peers is built into the course.

Our assessment strategy is designed to support student-centred learning, based on our understanding that everyone has different needs, strengths, and enthusiasms. Assessments will develop your communication skills while also testing your grasp of the learning outcomes for each module. Assessment methods will include debates, oral presentations, essays, portfolios of work and a final-year dissertation.

A wide range of option modules are offered on this course. To ensure the quality of the student learning experience, some modules are subject to minimum and maximum student numbers.

Learning Environment

We are using a variety of electronic resources to support your studies, for instance by posting guidance and lecture materials on the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and by making core readings available online. The academic team is always looking to find new ways to facilitate interaction, and this includes the use of mobile technology and social media.

The 24/7 University Library achieves some of the highest levels of student satisfaction in the UK and has held the Cabinet Office accreditation for Customer Service Excellence since 2010. There are over half a million print books and half a million electronic books available online. Further facilities are available at the Institute for the Humanities, in the University’s Lipman Building. These include a resource room, specialist computing equipment and interview rooms. Students also have access to a designated Humanities Student Hub in the Lipman Building, providing space for self-study, group work or a rest in between teaching sessions.

caption: University Library

Research-rich Learning

At Northumbria your learning will be directly impacted by the teaching team’s passion for the past, as well as their professionalism and enthusiasm for engaging with primary documents. Their research is fundamental to the University’s distinctive learning experience.

In each year of the course, we will develop your research skills as you critique different interpretations of the past, formulate questions, and develop coherent arguments. In the final year you will undertake a dissertation on a topic that you negotiate with tutors. It is a test of academic maturity that will enable you to demonstrate independent learning, intellectual rigour, and self-directed purpose.

caption: Department Research

Give your career an edge

During the second year of the course you will have the chance to undertake a work placement in an institution such as a museum, archive, heritage site, or comparable employer. This will give you an awareness of how the skills of historical study can be applied professionally.

You will also have the opportunity to spend a semester in North America or Europe, continuing your historical studies in a new context. You can study a foreign language to assist with this, or travel to broaden your cultural horizons. An international outlook will give you an extra edge in the job market.

Every module will play a role in developing and reinforcing the transferable attributes that are necessary for graduate employment: effective time management, excellent communication, good teamwork and high level analysis.

caption: Student Placements

Your Future

History and Politics graduates are especially valued because of their transferable communication skills and the way they evaluate evidence and think critically. You can use your degree as a platform to launch a career in areas such as finance, law, journalism and the civil service. There are also jobs in museums and archive management, or you can also consider becoming a professional researcher by studying further at the postgraduate level.

Whatever you decide to do, you will have strong employability as a result of having acquired the characteristics of a Northumbria graduate. These include critical reflection and self-learning, collaboration and curiosity, and the ability to apply your knowledge to solve problems in ways that are sustainable and ethical.

Course info

UCAS Code LV21 BA/HP

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Humanities

Location Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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