This programme approaches contemporary history through issues and problems with vital on-going importance, including environmental politics, information technology, post-colonial migration, internationalism and empire.
The programme is designed to provide you with a solid grounding in the major outlines of recent world history, along with a wide choice of specialised modules to suit your own interest.
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 totalitarian 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 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 key actors in the processes of globalisation: 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. Options available in History may include:
Blood for Oil? Energy and History in the Global Twentieth-Century
Britain´s Wars of Colonisation and Decolonisation, 1815-1960
Conflict in the Modern Middle East
Everyday Life and Survival under Nazi and Soviet Occupation, 1939-1953
Jewish Religious Responses to the Holocaust
Hard Rain´s Gonna Fall: Culture, Politics, and Society in the Nuclear Age
Sex and Sexualities in the Modern British World, 1880-1970
Speaking to the People: Political Communication in Twentieth-Century Britain
The Costs of War
The United States and World War II
Twentieth-Century China in Images and Ideas
Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School. The University also offers a wide range of activities and services to give our students the edge in the job market, including: career planning designed to meet the needs of postgraduates; opportunities to meet employers face-to-face at on-campus recruitment fairs, employer presentations and skills workshops; individual guidance on your job applications, writing your CV and improving your interview technique; and access to comprehensive listings of hundreds of graduate jobs and work experience opportunities.
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