The University of Southampton
Humanities

VL12 BA Modern History and Politics (3 yrs)

How do we make sense of the events, ideas and problems of the past? History at Southampton challenges you to interpret history of past societies critically and imaginatively.

Similarly, Politics and International Relations encourage you to adopt an informed, critical, analytical, and above all inquiring approach to exploring key questions about the organisation and behaviour of contemporary society, globally and closer to home.

Introducing your degree

The Modern History and Politics degree enables you to learn with world-recognised researchers engaged with some of the most important issues of the day, including terrorism and international security, migration, and globalization.
Both Politics and History contain large numbers of academics, enabling you to select from a wide range of modules that examine an extraordinary range of places, from Western Europe and the Americas to Africa and South Asia. This means that you will have the chance to study topics about which you are already passionate, or to try something entirely new.

Overview

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Programme Structure

Combined degree structure as for RV11/RV21/RV41

This is the most popular of the combined history degrees, and includes core skills modules and a range of options in politics, alongside complementary modern history modules exploring state structures and political ideologies in British, European, American and Asian contexts.

• In your final year, choose to write a dissertation on a subject of your choice in either Modern History or Politics.

• Add breadth to your degree and pursue varied interests by taking the option to complete 25 per cent of your programme in another subject.

For further details see the full course map under Modules.

View the programme specification document for this course

Key Facts

  • We possess many collections of original historical documents, including the
    Wellington, Palmerston and Mountbatten papers and the Parkes Archives.
  • We offer the chance for all students to study at universities abroad, including France, Holland, Poland and Canada.
  • Courses in many fields rarely taught in most other UK universities, such as East and Central European history, South East Asian history and Jewish history.
  • We teach courses in many fields rarely taught in most other UK universities, such as East and Central European history, South East Asian history and Jewish history

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
QualificationGrade
GCE A-level

AAB to ABB including History or a related subject*.

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will also be made an alternative offer one grade below the standard offer, conditional on an A grade in the EPQ.

We accept all A levels except General Studies.

IB:
QualificationGrade
International Baccalaureate34 points, 17 at higher level, including 6 in higher level history or related subject*.

*Related subject includes subjects such as English, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Classical Civilisation or other humanities based essay writing subjects. Students applying without History will need to make a case in their personal statement.

International applications

We welcome applications from international students. Helpful information on applying, meeting a University representative in your country, or improving your English language levels can be found on the International Office website. If English is not your first language you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.5 in Writing and Reading and no less than 6.0 in Speaking and Listening or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Alternative qualifications

We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University to an A level applicant. Contact us for further information on equivalencies for these qualifications and others not listed here.

Contextual Offers

 

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who flagged in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

A typical contextual offer is ABB from three A levels including History (or a related subject*) or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Please see our contextual admission pages for more information

 

Selection process:
Intake:
150
Average applications per place:
8

Selection is normally based on actual or predicted grades plus the reference and personal statement on your UCAS application. Exceptionally we may ask you to come for an interview before making an offer.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

The history undergraduate programme is modular. This means that your programme is divided into self-contained modules taught and assessed in a single semester. Taught modules may be single (two hours teaching a week), or double (three to four hours teaching a week, depending on the type of module).

Innovation modules outside of your subject area

Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers you the chance to take optional modules outside of your chosen subject area. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future. Modules range from "Living and working on the web" to "Business skills for employability".

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Learn a language

Some of our courses also give you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.

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Year 2

You must take one History option course in each semester. Neither of these may be a pre-1750 course.

Compulsory Politics modules:
PAIR2010 Democracy and the State 
PAIR2004 Research Skills (compulsory for those writing a Politics Dissertation)

Semester Two

Modern History and Politics students:
If planning a politics dissertation in year three you must taken PAIR2004. If planning a History dissertation in year three you must take two PAIR modules including PAIR2010 but not PAIR2004.

Compulsory
PAIR2010
Democracy and the Modern State
Optional
HIST2004
The Making of Englishness: Race, Ethnicity and Immigration in British Society, 1841 to the Present
HIST2073
Jews in Germany before the Holocaust
HIST2093
Strategy and War
HIST2100
Retail Therapy
HIST2102
Discipline and Punish: Prisons and Prisoners in England 1775 - 1898
HIST2107
The Fall of Imperial Russia
HIST2108
The Making of Modern India
HIST2110
The Global Cold War
PAIR2004
Research Skills in Politics and International Relations
PAIR2012
Global Governance
PAIR2014
International Security
PAIR2021
The Politics and Governance of the EU
PAIR2026
Democratic Theory
PAIR2027
The Politics of Protest

Year 3

You will take two optional Politics modules in each semester, plus a History Special Subject module which spans both semesters, chosen from the options below.

Semester One

Modern History and Politics students:
If taking a History dissertation take History special subject (Modern) part one or an Alternative History plus 2 PAIR modules.

Politics Dissertation students:
History special subject (Modern) part one plus PAIR3003 (Dissertation) and one PAIR module.

Optional
HIST3036
France under the Nazis, 1940-1944 (Part 1)
HIST3060
The Holocaust: Policy, Responses and Aftermath. Part 1
HIST3069
The Vietnam War in American History and Memory. Part 1.
HIST3075
Crime and Punishment in England c. 1688-1840
HIST3104
Refugees in the Twentieth Century. Part 1.
HIST3116
Alternative Histories: Between Private Memory and Public History.
HIST3119
Alternative Histories: Music and History
HIST3121
Alternative Sexualities
HIST3132
Conflict, Transformation and Resurgence in Asia: 1800 to the present
HIST3148
Alternative Histories: Cultures of Migration
HIST3150
Alternative Histories: Travellers' Tales
HIST3186
Alternative Conquests: Comparisons and Contrasts
HIST3187
The Bible and History
HIST3205
World War 2: The Home Front - Part 1
HIST3207
World War II: The Global Perspective - Part I
HIST3212
Love and sexuality in Twentieth Century Europe, Part 1
HIST3216
Racism in the United States Part 1
HIST3218
Nuclear War and Peace, Part I
HIST3220
Alternative histories: Homes and houses: challenging the domestic
PAIR3003
Dissertation in Politics and International Relations
PAIR3004
Political Texts
PAIR3014
Globalisation and World Politics
PAIR3021
Chinese Politics
PAIR3022
Disarmament, Arms Control and International Order
PAIR3028
The Politics of Transnational Migration
PAIR3032
Politics of the Media
PAIR3034
Citizenship and Conflict in the United States
PAIR3037
Constitutional Politics in Britain
Semester Two

Modern History and Politics students:
History Dissertation (HIST3021) (normally written under the supervision of the Special Subject or Alternative History tutor) plus two Politics modules.
Politics Dissertation students:
History Special Subject (Modern) Part two, (Co:requisite Part one of the same Special Subject) plus PAIR Dissertation PAIR3003 plus one Politics module.

Optional
HIST3038
France under the Nazis, 1940-1944 (Part 2)
HIST3061
The Holocaust: Policy, Responses and Aftermath. Part 2
HIST3070
The Vietnam War in American Memory and History. Part 2.
HIST3076
Crime and Punishment in England c. 1688 - 1840
HIST3105
Refugees in the Twentieth Century. Part 2.
HIST3206
World War 2: The Home Front - Part 2
HIST3208
World War II: The Global Perspective - Part II
HIST3213
Love and sexuality in Twentieth Century Europe, part 2
HIST3217
Racism in the United States part 2
HIST3219
Nuclear War and Peace, Part II
PAIR3003
Dissertation in Politics and International Relations
PAIR3001
International Security
PAIR3018
Global Governance
PAIR3030
The Politics and Governance of the EU
PAIR3031
The Politics of Latin America
PAIR3033
Democratic Theory
PAIR3035
The Politics of Protest

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,250 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this programme typically also have to pay for:

TypeDescriptionCost
Printing and copyingWhere possible, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently: A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour) A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour) Please Note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy. You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to http://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/students/printing-for-students.page. The University Print Centre also offers a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service. £0.05-1.00

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentLaboratory equipment and materials: All laboratory equipment and materials are provided.
EquipmentIT: Computer discs or USB drives - Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device.
EquipmentIT: Software licences - All software is provided
EquipmentIT: Hardware - It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.
PlacementsPlacements (including Study Abroad Programmes): Students on placement programmes can expect to cover costs for health and travel insurance, accommodation and living expenses, travel costs and visa costs. This will vary depending on which country you are travelling to. Specific details on what additional costs there will be are detailed in the individual module profiles which can be found under the modules tab of the programmes details of your programme.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Career Opportunities

Employability is embedded into modules from the first year onwards, right from the first lecture. We carefully explain the skills taught and offer a number of optional employability modules and career workshops.

Additional opportunities include summer internships with major local employers, including placements funded by the University. With many employers now expecting extracurricular or voluntary experience, this can prove vital.

Vicky Shilling is a graduate of History at Southampton. “I visited Southampton and absolutely loved it,” she said. “I liked the atmosphere on campus and the up-to-date facilities all looked like places I could really work.”

Learning & Assessment

 A Modern History and Politics degree at Southampton combines an education in the discipline of history (historiography), the development of historical debates and ways of imagining the past with the interdisciplinary study of politics and international relations. We are committed to facilitating a personalised and above all enjoyable experience, ensuring you graduate with the critical and communication skills you need to begin a successful career

• Specialise in specific areas of history or expand the breadth of your studies in history modules that span chronologies and geographies, and in modules selected from other programmes

• Teaching by world-leading and passionate History and Politics academics, who share recent discoveries and debates in their subject

• Talks from renowned international scholars in our visiting lecture and seminar series

• Specialist online learning resources for every module

• Challenging and varied range of assessment methods, including presentations, group projects, dissertations, essays and exams

• Receive regular and supportive advice, guidance and feedback on your progress from a dedicated academic advisor

• Visits to museums, galleries and archival collections, including University collections at the Parkes Institute and the Broadlands archive

• Opportunities to spend a semester or a year at one of our international partner universities to experience a new culture and learning environment in Europe, Australia, Asia, and North America

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