Advanced Options: B

School of History and Cultures

The module will allow you to study a historical theme or area in depth, under the guidance of an individual member of staff drawing mainly on secondary sources (and primary where appropriate). You will chose from a range of specialised historical topics dealing with a spectrum of geographical, chronological, and thematic issues. The exact list of topics available each year will vary, depending on staff availability and workload distributions, and will be subject to the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. The choice of topics will be wide (10 or more), but for the most part closely aligned to the research interests of individual members of academic staff. In conjunction with other modules in the programme, the module will allow you to develop an appreciation of history as a chronologically and geographically varied subject and enhance your awareness of the textureand variety of an ever more complex discipline. The module will require you not only to analyse and explain the past, but also to engage in critical evaluation of key contemporary evidence and the relevant historiography.


20 credits 

Contact time

You will have a total of 3 formal seminar-based contact hours per week, plus up to two weekly staff office hours for one-to-one consultation at your request.


3 hour exam

Examples of the choice of topics

  • Medieval gender
  • Medieval monasticism
  • Women and men in late imperial China
  • Crusading and crusader kingdoms
  • Embarrassing Bodies: medicine, madness and morality in early modern Europe
  • Russia in revolution 1900-1939
  • France and the Second World War
  • Religion and religious change in England during the reign of Elizabeth I
  • Warfare at sea from the Armada to overlord
  • The Good War? A cultural and military history of Britain and the Second World War
  • From Empire to Colony: Indian society, politics and economy, c.1757-1885
  • 'A holiday from Reality': a history of drugs and drug use in the midern era
  • America in conflict from the civil wat to the war on terror
  • Occupation and the war on terror in Iraq from its origins to 2011: examining the American and British intervention
  • 'Heaven knows I'm miserable now': Britain in the 1980s


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