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History and Politics BA (Hons)

Key features of this course:

  • A wide range of modules in British, European and World History from the 16th to 20th centuries delivered by highly experienced, supportive and expert lecturers with international research profiles
  • You'll not only be able to understand the issues that confront us all, but also to get involved, make your voice heard and make a difference
  • Put aside your preconceptions about politics. If you are interested in people and the issues that they care about, this is the course for you
  • Opportunities to gain work experience, study abroad for a semester, be involved in volunteering activities and to act as a student representative and paid ambassador
  • Assessment is mostly by coursework and designed to enable you to acquire skills in research, analysis and communication – all of which are highly valued by employers
  • Ready access to the nationally significant resources of Worcestershire County Archives Service, which is based in The Hive (the university library)

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For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for History and Politics.

In different but complementary ways, History and Politics both address how human beings act upon and create the circumstances of individuals and societies. Studied in combination, they align and integrate your development of historical understanding with exploration of some of the most thought-provoking aspects of contemporary culture and society.

As you progress, you may choose to select modules that maintain a wide-ranging approach. Alternatively however, you can hone and focus in on particular topics, creating opportunities to develop extended projects that bring your interests in both courses closer together.

History at Worcester is designed to enable you to study the types of history that appeal to you most. Informed by cutting-edge research on key questions of our time, it offers you the opportunity to study the political, cultural and social history of Britain, Europe and the wider world from the 16th to 20th centuries. The course begins with a broad introduction to many of today’s debates surrounding history and approaches to historical study. It ends with the opportunity for you to produce a major piece of work on a topic of your choice, supported by one-to-one supervision. History provides you with opportunities to benefit directly from your lecturers’ cutting-edge research and research interests – which include, amongst many others, the Devil in Tudor and Stuart England, US propaganda in the Second World War, appeasement, the transatlantic slave trade and the home front in World Wars 1 and 2.

Politics addresses the fact that increasing numbers of people are turning away from party politics and finding other ways of ‘speaking out’ (through pressure groups, for example, or development of online communities, through mass protest and other forms of ‘resistance’ or civil disobedience, or through new approaches to campaigning). It is structured to provide a ‘people centred’ view of politics past and present, examining people’s struggles to change worlds and to try to get things done and how they develop their systems of government, or interact with them, to solve problems and address injustice. At the centre of all these investigations are students’ developing understandings of the workings of power in all its forms.

Both subject areas aim to support your understanding of the range of opportunities that could be available to you on graduation. To this end, you can undertake work placements as part of your formal study, explore opportunities for postgraduate study and investigate, with those who are already working in them, career paths in teaching, the cultural industries, the media and PR, human relations and the many other sectors in which history and politics graduates find work. Volunteering opportunities with a wide variety of local organisations are available and promoted actively to students.

The majority of your learning takes place through a mixture of lectures, seminars, small group discussion and tutorials. Most assessment is by course work - in diverse forms, from essays to literature reviews, source analysis to blogs and oral presentations.

History and Politics, in combination, will be a particularly interesting prospect if your preoccupation with politics is tied to an interest in the historical formation of political ideas and understanding and attendant processes of social change.


Entry requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.


Study options

Full-time or part-time study available

Get in touch

Neil Fleming
Admissions Tutor, History
01905 85 5323              

Luke Devine
Course Leader, Politics
01905 542763

Admissions Office
01905 855111

Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

How to do History
Democracy: Past, Present and Future


Module options:

World History
The Early Modern World
Ideology and Conflict in Europe Since 1789
Reconstructing the Past
Twentieth-Century Britain: Conflict, Stability and Change
An Introduction to Media History
TV History
Introduction to Heritage
Improving English Usage and Style in Academic Writing
French Stage 1
German Stage 1
Spanish Stage 1
Italian Stage 1
Unequal World
Ideology and Conflict in Europe since 1789
Twentieth Century Britain
Welfare for All? The First 50 Years

Year 2

Core modules:

Pathways in Politics


Module options:

Methods and Debates in History
Politics, Religion and Society in Ireland Since 1690
Twentieth-Century USA
Religion and Society in Early Modern England, 1532 – 1660
The German Lands in the Nineteenth Century
British Women’s History, 1790 – 2000
Britain in the Long Nineteenth-Century, 1789 – 1914
From Slavery to Civil Rights: African Americans, 1860 – 1960
British Women’s History, 1900 – 2000
The German Empire, 1862 – 1918
The Victorian Century
(Re)Presenting the Past: History in Film
History Work Experience Module
The Civil Rights Movement in the USA, 1890 – 1960
Sex and Society in England, 1600 – 1900
Modern Japan, 1854 – 1951
Politics and Society in the Twentieth-Century Russia
Displaying the Past: Museums, Artefacts and Collections
Visions of England: History, Heritage and Identity
Heritage Tourism and Place Promotion
Politics Work Project
Geographies of Development
Twentieth-Century USA
The German Lands in the Nineteenth Century
Politics, Religion & Society in Ireland, 1690-1848
Reporting Politics 1
Campaign Power – People, Pressure Groups and Social Debates
‘Race’ and Ethnicity in Contemporary Britain

Year 3

Core modules:

Politics Independent Project
Challenging Politics: People Versus Power across the Globe


Module options:

Independent Study
The Atlantic Slave Trade
The USA and World War Two
The Home Front: Britain 1939 – 45
Martin Luther King Jr. and his Opponents
Hollywood Goes to War
Nazi Germany
Empire and Appeasement
Jack the Ripper: History, Literature and Myth
Propaganda and Politics in the 20th Century
Ireland Since 1848
History Extension Module
Britain in the Global Economy
Heritage Tourism and Place Promotion
Remembrance, Memory and Memorials
Political Geography
Reporting Politics 2
Response to Crime: The Justice Process
‘Race’, Ethnicity and Education
Risk Society
Construction Emotions: Social / Political Perspectives



History graduates from Worcester have progressed in recent years to take up work in a variety of career sectors, including teaching, accountancy, law, the media industries, local government, the police, retailing, administration, marketing, management and university lecturing and research. A growing number of our graduates progress to postgraduate research in history, both at the University of Worcester and at other universities. Thus, History remains an attractive and personally satisfying degree to study, with a strong track record of supporting graduate employability in a range of professional, managerial, administrative and media-related careers.

This course will enable you to demonstrate an interest in the fast-changing world and will provide you with the ability to generate ideas, to show initiative and to communicate with people from all walks of life. Our students have a good record of gaining employment, and Politics graduates work in many different sectors including teaching, the police, the probation service, housing, the civil service, local government and planning, as well as pressure groups, voluntary organisations, charities, the media, journalism and social work. During your time at Worcester you will have the opportunity to experience subject-related work experience and volunteering activities. In Year 2 you can choose to take a Politics work experience module. Spend time each week working with an organisation such as a local council, or a political party (or MP), or a campaign group, and then write a reflective assignment about your experience.

How to apply

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History and Politics BA (Hons) - VL12

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