Northumbria University Newcastle - History and Politics BA (Hons)

Northumbria University Newcastle

History and Politics BA (Hons)

At Northumbria we offer a high level of academic rigour as well as thorough training in analytical skills.

Core modules in our History and Politics degree 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 revolutionary movements in Europe and major debates in American history to issues such terrorism and genocide.  

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.

Entry Requirements

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, T Level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

Career Prospects

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 Details

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.

Year One

The Making of Contemporary Europe (Core,20 Credits)
Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe 1200-1720 (Core,20 Credits)
Making History (Core,20 Credits)
Democrats and Dictators (Core,20 Credits)
International Conflict and Cooperation (Core,20 Credits)
Thinking Politically (Core,20 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Humanities and Social Sciences (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Year Two

Humanities Study Abroad (60 credit) (Optional,60 Credits)
The American West (Optional,20 Credits)
Affluence and Anxiety: The US from 1920 to 1960 (Optional,20 Credits)
Slavery, Sectionalism and Manifest Destiny (Optional,20 Credits)
Your Graduate Future (Optional,20 Credits)
From Reconstruction to Reunification: Europe, 1945-1991 (Optional,20 Credits)
Ireland before and after the Great Famine, 1798-1916 (Optional,20 Credits)
Into the Dark Valley: Europe, 1919-1939 (Optional,20 Credits)
The Holocaust (Optional,20 Credits)
Enlightenment to Empire: France in an Age of Revolution, 1715-1815 (Optional,20 Credits)
Early Modern Monarchies: Power and Representation, 1500-1750 (Optional,20 Credits)
Rise of the Russian Empire: the Romanovs, 1613-1855 (Optional,20 Credits)
Power and Freedom: West African History, 1850 to 2010 (Optional,20 Credits)
Origins of the Modern Middle East, c. 1770-1970 (Optional,20 Credits)
Migration, Diaspora and the Making of Modern Britain (Optional,20 Credits)
Witches, Knights and Plague: Medieval Europe on Film (Optional,20 Credits)
British Empires: The First Two Hundred Years (Optional,20 Credits)
History/Film: Using Popular Film as Historical Evidence (Optional,20 Credits)
Travel Writing and Tourism in Modern Britain and Ireland (Optional,20 Credits)
Field Notes: Politics and Policy Making in Place (Optional,20 Credits)
Theories and Practice of Democracy (Core,20 Credits)
Global Governance (Core,20 Credits)
Theories of International Relations (Optional,20 Credits)
UK Politics Beyond Westminster (Optional,20 Credits)
Foreign Policy Analysis (Optional,20 Credits)
From Bastille to Strasbourg- A Journey through Human Rights (Optional,20 Credits)
Representing Political Violence (Optional,20 Credits)
Unilang - Languages for all - Level 5 Placeholder (Optional,20 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Humanities and Social Sciences (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Year three

Humanities Work Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)
Humanities Study Abroad Year (Optional,120 Credits)
Year in International Business (This is made up of modules studied in Newcastle (Semester 1) & Amsterdam (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)
Year in International Multidisciplinary Innovation (4 modules studied in Amsterdam (Semester 1) & Newcastle (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)

Year Four

States of Nature: Environments and Peoples in the Americas (Optional,20 Credits)
Women, Crime and Subversion in Early Modern Europe (Optional,20 Credits)
Joint Honours Dissertation (Core,40 Credits)
Northern Ireland: The 'Troubles' and the Search for Peace (Optional,20 Credits)
Sex and the City: Urban Life in Eighteenth-Century Britain (Optional,20 Credits)
Mystics, Deviants and Satanists: Unorthodox Thinking in the Age of the Inquisition (Optional,20 Credits)
Law and Order USA: Police, Prisons, and Protest in Modern America (Optional,20 Credits)
The Art of Power: Tudor Court Culture (Optional,20 Credits)
Holocaust Testimony and Cultural Memory (Optional,20 Credits)
Environmental disaster in modern Britain (Optional,20 Credits)
History of Antisemitism (Optional,20 Credits)
The British Women's Suffrage Movement in History and Memory (Optional,20 Credits)
Nicaragua in Revolution, 1979-1990 (Optional,20 Credits)
Russia Between Democracy and Dictatorship: Gorbachev to Putin, 1985-2008 (Optional,20 Credits)
How to Kill a King: Monarchies in Crisis, 1547-1689 (Optional,20 Credits)
Creatures of Empire: an Animal History of British Colonialism (Optional,20 Credits)
Taking the King's Shilling: Ireland and the British Army, 1793-1945 (Optional,20 Credits)
Capitalism and its Others (Optional,20 Credits)
Secret Documents, Oral Traditions: How We Know About African History (Optional,20 Credits)
Active Citizens (Optional,20 Credits)
Critical Security (Optional,20 Credits)
Genocide (Optional,20 Credits)
Media Power and Propaganda (Optional,20 Credits)
Politics of Oil and Global Warming (Optional,20 Credits)
Terrorism (Optional,20 Credits)
War Games- Negotiating Security through Simulations (Optional,20 Credits)
Decolonial Politics (Optional,20 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Humanities and Social Sciences (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

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