Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2019. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.
In the first year of a Joint Honours degree programme study is split equally between the two disciplines. Following this you have the option to alter the balance of your study, meaning that you could change to a major-minor weighting. In your final year you have the option to maintain your second-year balance, switch your major subject to your other discipline or revert to an equal balance. If you wish, you can maintain an equal balance throughout your degree. This flexibility allows you to tailor the course throughout your degree programme, once you have had the time and experience to consider where your strengths and interests lie. The list of modules below are based on studying half of your modules (60 credits) in History and half in Political Science (60 credits).
The first year is the foundational year in an academic process that will see you progress from being a dependent to an independent learner. You will study modules spanning the early medieval to late modern periods and be provided with the basic knowledge and skills to study politics. Within the choice of Politics modules, you have the opportunity to take other introductory social science courses. You can choose two out of six introductory survey modules in History which explore fundamental themes and issues focused on key periods and indicate the kinds of questions historians explore and some of the methods they employ in answering them. You will also study Practising History (A): Skills in History and Practising History (B): Approaches to History, which look more closely at the techniques of the historian and at the nature and evolution of key historical debates.
- Practising History A: Skills in History (10 credits)
- Practising History B: Approaches to History (10 credits)
- Classical Political Thought (20 credits)
- Understanding Politics (20 credits)
Choose one of these two modules:
- Discovering the Middle Ages (20 credits)
- Reformation, Rebellion and Revolution: the Making of the Modern World 1500-1800 (20 credits)
Choose one of the following modules:
- Living in the Middle Ages (20 credits)
- The Making of the Contemporary World: Modern History c.1800 to the Present (20 credits)
- War and Society (20 credits)
- United States History 1865-2000 (20 credits)
Optional Political Science modules may include:
- Introduction to International Relations (20 credits)
- Politics as a Vocation (20 credits)
- Twentieth Century Russian Politics A & B (20 credits)
- Introduction to the European Union: History, Politics and Institutions (20 credits)
The second year is an intermediate year that builds on the foundations laid in the first year of study. You engage in Group Research and extend your historical knowledge through one (20 credit) subject-specific Option module chosen from a wide range available. You also choose one of either History in Theory and Practice (20 credits) or Research Methods (Dissertation Preparation) (20 credits) modules and may also be able to take the Professional Skills module (20 credits).
- Group Research (20 credits)
- Option (20 credits)
- Analysing Political Worlds (20 credits)
- Modern Political Thought (20 credits)
Choose from one of the following:-
- History in Theory and Practice (20 credits)
- Research Methods (20 credits)
Students may also be able to take a Professional Skills Module (20 credits) (please note: places on this module are limited)
In Political Science you have the opportunity to develop specialised knowledge in areas that you find of greatest interest, such as political theory and analysis, European integration, British politics, American politics, comparative European politics, and political economy.
You can apply to study abroad for a year in an approved university around the world. If you achieve a grade of 2.1 or above in your first year then you will be invited to apply for a Year Abroad in your second year. If your application is successful, you will go abroad in your third year and return to us for your final year.
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The third year represents the culmination of undergraduate study and the final stage of your transition to an independent learner. You hone your historical skills in Advanced Option A or Advanced Option B (20 credits). You can choose between an in-depth Special Subject module (20+20 credits), which is chosen from a variety of available subjects or a History Dissertation (40 credits). Joint Honours students taking a Special Subject can substitute an Advanced Option for a Joint Honours History Dissertation (20 credits).
In Political Science, in addition to choosing modules from a wide range of options, students undertake an independent research project on a topic of their own choosing.
Joint Honours Flexibility
Every degree programme at the University is divided into 120 credits of study for each year of the programme. In the first year of a Joint Honours programme, you will study 60 credits in each subject as you learn the core elements of the disciplines. We recognise that students on Joint Honours programmes might come to favour one subject slightly more than another. To account for this, we have added more flexibility into the second and final years of our programmes. In the second year, you can stick with the 60-60 split between the two subjects or shift to a 80-40 credit weighting, effectively a major/ minor combination. You can either go back to 60-60 in the final year, maintain the same 80-40 split or reverse the major and the minor and go to a 40-80 weighting.