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Global Challenges - History, Policy, Practice (MA)

Master of Arts
Course Type
Academic year
2024 / 2025 Course subject to approval

About this course

Future course preview

We are aiming to offer this course from September 2024. We will publish further information when it is available.

Explore the historical contexts that have given rise to the emergencies of today. You’ll analyse past approaches to global challenges and learn ways to influence attitudes and bring about change. 

Our world faces many challenges, from conflict and sustainability to migration and the preservation of human rights. On this 1-year MA, you’ll engage critically with some of the biggest problems in the world to learn to develop solutions for both the present and future. 

You’ll have the opportunity to: 

  • choose a contemporary challenge and identify and analyse past approaches to addressing it
  • share your findings effectively by using data visualisation, writing policy briefs, and creating video content
  • use the skills you have developed and collaborate with other students
  • go on field trips  
  • take part in an intensive summer school experience that will support the start of your final project portfolio

To bring about change, you’ll be trained to communicate in a variety of ways, with a variety of audiences. This will include using: 

  • data analysis to create more effective briefs for policy debates 
  • data visualisations to create more effective opinion pieces for advocacy  
  • video essays to create more effective lesson plans for students
  • exhibitions and podcasts for better public advocacy  

This course will also give you a range of additional skills not normally prioritized within a History MA programme, including data analysis and visualization, project management and media communication.   

Course lead

Your course lead will be Dr Christopher Fuller. He specialises in the study of U.S. foreign policy from 1945 to the present day. 

His work bridges the gap between scholars and practitioners with contributions to professional bodies and government agencies, as well as public engagement through documentaries, festivals, and public events. 

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