You will study four core modules:
Mass Society and Modernity, 1914–45
The module examines various aspects of the first half of the twentieth century, focussing particularly—but not only—on Europe and America. It examines the rise of mass society and modernity as social and cultural phenomena; the rise of mass politics in Europe, America, and beyond; the phenomenon of mass statelessness; the main strands of authoritarian ideology and liberal democracy; mass mobilisation in war and politics; economic and military conflict; and the growing ascendancy of the United States.
Globalisation since 1945
The module examines various aspects of global history in the second half of the 20th century. It takes its cue from a growing but often problematic literature which sees 'globalisation' as a key feature of global history over the last half century. It will begin by examining the key institutions of a 'new world order' built after the Second World War; in particular, those connected to the United Nations and Bretton Woods. It will then explore the interplay of key actors: inter-governmental organisations; nation states (especially, the USA, the USSR and the non-aligned); multinational corporations and non-governmental organisations.
This module introduces you to the major developments in historical approaches since the Second World War and to some of the major schools of, or tendencies in, historical research such as the Annales School, the English historians’ response to Marxism, cultural history, the linguistic turn, gender, history of science and critical social theory (Geertz and Foucault). The focus is on the application of the ideas to historical practice then and now.
This module covers what the dissertation project will entail. You will be expected to produce a short dissertation proposal for submission and you will be allocated a tutor who will supervise your dissertation preparation work. You will have one-to-one meetings with your supervisor, but you will also attend available generic sessions on skills run on the Research Skills module and available across the University.
You will also choose optional modules to the value of 40 credits (two single modules or one double module). These can be taken from the Department of History or from other programmes offered in the College of Arts and Law, with the approval of the Programme Director. Previous options available in History have included:
- A 'Holiday from Reality': A History of Drugs and Drug Use in the Modern Era
- Conflict in the Modern Middle East
- France and the Second World War
- 'Heaven Knows I'm miserable now': Britain in the 1980s
- Occupation and the War on Terror
- Religion and Religious Change
- Russia in Revolution 1900-1939
- The Age of Energy: Global Histories of Hopes, Needs and Carbon
- The Costs of War
- The Good War? A Cultural and Military History
- The Mirror of Modernity: Global Histories of Photography
- After Hitler: Politics and Society in West Germany during the Adenauer Era, 1945-1965
- British Women and Internationalism Since 1850
- Modernity, Masculinity and Revolution in C20 Egypt
- Nazis at War
- Of Rice and Men: NGOs and Humanitarianism since 1945
- People of the Aftermath: British Culture in the 1920s and 1930s
- The American Civil War
- The Revolting Right: Conservative Activism in Post-War Britain
- The Russian Revolution 1917
- The Weary Titan: Britain and Imperial Strategy, 1897-1919
- Where There Is Discord: Making Thatcher's Britain
It is also possible to choose from core modules offered on other MA programmes in the Department of History.
Please note that the optional modules listed on the website for this programme are intended to be indicative, and the availability of optional modules may vary from year to year. Where a module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you to make other choices.