History and Politics BA (Hons) 2021/22 entry

Course code:

LVF1

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time with study abroad / professional placement
Flexible part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £9,250

Find out more

Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

LVF1

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time with study abroad / professional placement
Flexible part-time

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £9,250

Find out more

Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

AHU049

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time with study abroad / professional placement
Flexible part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £13,900

Find out more

Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

This integrated degree brings together the two complementary disciplines of politics and history. We combine the teaching of comparative 20th century politics and political ideas with modern global, political and social history, with a focus on Britain, Europe and America.

Examining past issues of conflict, poverty, marginalised communities, environment and gender throughout history will enhance your understanding of today’s socio-political problems and associated decision-making.

The development of academic and professional skills is embedded into the course. We provide you with opportunities that will  improve your powers of reason, judgment, critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving. 

 

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

To ensure an optimised and continual student experience, the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

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What our students say...

Document analysis, book reviews and the ability to read graphs and data to draw conclusions are all apart of this course. It's a challenge, but thanks to the dedicated lecturers, it's a fascinating and interesting journey.

Dawid Kaczorowski, BA (Hons) History and Politics graduated 2014

Course information

Combining the study of history and politics, you will be taught how power, authority, dissent and violence influence governance and impact society and compare historical events to understand how and why things change.

In the second and third year, you can tailor your course by choosing from a wide range of optional modules, studying specific periods and places in history or political movements.

You can choose to explore the developing area of environmental history, which examines the impact of humans on the natural world over time. We will consider a broad range of issues, including the birth and impact of environmental groups and Green parties, together with the debates surrounding climate change and humanity’s ethical relationship with the natural world.

Alternatively, you may wish to examine in more detail the major political ideologies of the 20th century in Britain, Europe, North America and the Third World. You will have the opportunity to consider the political effect of 10 influential ideological currents on political parties, movements, policies and legislation of governments – conservatism, Christian Democracy, far right populism/neo-fascism, liberalism, socialism, the New Left, feminism, ecologism, political Islam and anti-colonialism.  

94%+

Student satisfaction for areas of this course ranges from 94%-100%

NSS, 2016

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

The first year sets the foundation for the study of politics and history, introducing you to some of the key concepts employed in the study of Applied Politics and introducing the connections between today’s politics and their wider historical contexts. For example, how the concepts of democracy, rights and social welfare relate to major developments in 20th century British history or how movements like nationalism and Europeanism have shaped the history of modern Europe.

We consider the origins and spread of nationalism in the Western world and the rise of the modern nation state from the Atlantic Revolutions of the late 18th century, kicked off by the American Revolution, to the foundation of the United Nations. A key theme will be the political impact of French, German, Italian, American and other nationalist movements and the social, economic and ideological contexts.

Modules

  • Applied Politics – Politics in Action

  • Introduction to Political Ideas

  • From Empire to Welfare: Britain 1900-1951

  • Nations and Nationalism: from unifications to annihilation

  • World Politics since 1945

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

In the second year, students study the development of the European states system together with a range of international developments, such as, the crisis of the 1930s and the rise of fascism in Europe, the workings of the US political system, the environmental movement in the twentieth century, the rise of the women’s movement in Europe and the growth of far right parties in recent decades.

We will deepen your knowledge of the history of the United States by providing you with the opportunity to consider political leaders, conflicts and key socio-economic changes that have shaped modern North America. We will also look at the histories of the other two nations of North America, Canada and Mexico.

Modules

  • Comparative Politics and Governance

  • Contemporary British Government

  • The Making of the United States

  • The International History of Europe since 1900

  • A Graduate Career

  • Optional modules

    1 from the following:

    • History of Modern Political Thought
    • Sex, Sexuality, Power and Oppression
    • Shadow Warriors: Modern Britain and Espionage

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

After your second year, you have an opportunity to take a sandwich year, studying abroad or on professional placement. Past students have done their placement with the European Parliament, UNICEF, Greenpeace, the Latvian and Sudanese embassies, Islamic Relief and a range of refugee and migrant centres.

Subject to additional costs, application, meeting applicable visa requirements and availability. Further costs incurred as a result of the professional work placement or study abroad shall be borne by the student.

Modules

  • Study Abroad

  • Professional Placement

Overview

Your studies culminate in a 10,000-word dissertation through which you research an idea or phenomenon that fires up your own interests. Past students have chosen exciting topics like British decolonisation, partition in Ireland, India and Palestine, The Women's Movement in Europe, US policy toward the Middle East, far right ideologies, sports, economic crises and ideological change in the Western World.

Modules

  • Dissertation in History, International Relations and Politics

  • Political Ideologies in the Twentieth Century

  • Post War Germany

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

15th

We are ranked as the 15th best University in the United Kingdom Guardian University Guide 2020

In more detail...

  • Coventry University were ranked 9th in the UK for ‘Politics’ in the Guardian University Guide 2019.
  • Spend a year studying abroad – we have links with universities in France, Germany and Sweden.
  • Our teaching staff include a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
  • 94% overall student satisfaction for BA History and Politics in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2019
  • 99% satisfaction for Teaching and Learning in NSS 2019.
  • 100% overall student satisfaction for the subject of ‘Politics’ and 94% for ‘History’ in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016.
  • A wide range of optional modules allow you to study specific political movements, such as the green movement or Far Right, periods of history like post-war Germany or specific issues like feminism or global organised crime.
  • Coventry University has excellent employer links with the House of Commons, the National Crime Agency (NCA), local government, local and national NGOs and charities, the Archives and Records Association, the Museums Association, the institute of Historic Building Conservation.
  • You could join our active student-led History, International Relations, Politics and Sociology Society (HIPSOC), which has organised fieldtrips to Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Mexico to visit the institutions of the EU, the International Criminal Court and Greenpeace Costa Rica.
  • We provide you with extensive placement opportunities, for example, placements have previously included local government for the council, MP and MEP offices, commercial firms like City Year, First Utility and GE Alstrom, organisations like University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire, The Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Coventry University, Food Bank and MIND and local heritage sites like Coventry Cathedral and museums.

Opportunities to apply for a wide choice of placements in the private and public sectors including local historical organisations, an MP’s office and Coventry City Council.

Your main study themes are:
  • Political ideas and action: You will gain an insight into the working of modern political systems and an understanding of the ideas and theories underlying contemporary political structures, movements and debates. We will examine the way individuals and groups react to and behave within their particular social context. We adopt an historical approach, drawing contemporary examples and illustrations from a range of countries across the world in attempt to reflect the variety of political systems, including the changes brought about after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
  • British history and politics: You will analyse the transformation of Britain during the period of transition from late Victorian Imperialism, with its emphasis on individualism and self-help, to the creation of the welfare state. The main themes considered are state-society relations and the effect of social, political and economic change upon the people of Britain. We will focus on the important political and social developments which took place between 1900 and 1951, including black history and women’s history in Britain. We will focus on the development of the welfare state, comparing theories, ideologies and principles of welfare: liberalism, social democracy, conservatism, New Labour, radical critiques (Marxism, feminism etc.). We look at various political institutions, such as the Constitution, Parliament, the Cabinet, the Civil Service, local government, and the European Union.
  • World politics: We examine the major developments in world politics since the end of the Second World War. This includes major themes of post-war international politics, such as the dominant relationship between the superpowers, the consequences of decolonisation, the emergence of the 'Third World', the spread of revolutionary wars, the development of European integration and the spread and final collapse of communism and its effect on world politics in the end of the Cold War.
  • World history since 1900: With an emphasis on contemporary European history, we examine key aspects of world history in the 20th and 21stcenturies. You study the development of the European states systems and relations between the major European powers, including the foreign policies of Britain, France, Italy, Germany and the Soviet Union. We aim to examine the development of the European states system and provide you with the essential background for understanding contemporary Europe. You should gain an outline history of the United States, incorporating major themes of political change and institutions, key leaders, war and diplomacy, economic and social development, including race and resistance.

The course normally lasts three years when studied full-time and four to six years if you decide to choose the flexible part-time option- usually commencing in September. 

Your course could be delivered through a series of lectures, with seminars, tutorials, workshops, online discussions and web-based activities. In addition, your personal tutor could review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice

You will be taught by established scholars in a diverse range of fields – the history of Native Americans and the American frontier, ideology and party politics in Britain, 20th century German history and the politics of the far right, the history of the green movement and eco-communities and you will be brought up-to-date with their research. For example, you will be taught by members of staff who have written books and articles used in several modules and will be able to attend research seminars and workshops in which they present their work.

Throughout the course, we will use real-life events during history to demonstrate the impact of political decisions.

When studying concepts such as sovereignty, democracy and revolution you should be able to connect them respectively to debates on Britain and the EU, parties and elections in Europe and the Arab Spring.

You’ll have the opportunity to go on fieldtrips, for example, to the Houses of Parliament in London, the Welsh Assembly and the EU institutions in France and Belgium. Our excellent professional links with international organisations and institutions enable us to host an exciting programme of guest speakers.*

* Subject to additional costs, application, meeting applicable visa requirements and availability. Further costs incurred as a result of the professional work placement or study abroad shall be borne by the student.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include formal examinations and coursework.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: events, issues and controversies that are the subject matter of modern and contemporary history; the varieties of history and the changing nature of historical and historiographical debate; the methods and approaches employed in the study of history; influential ideas, events, institutions, processes and policies in contemporary politics; institutions, processes and policies utilised by contemporary government; the differing approaches to, and key issues of debate within, the study of politics
  • Analyse and address managerial problems, take decisions and identify appropriate solutions in a creative and constructive manner
  • Locate a range of information sources, to gather and marshal relevant evidence successfully  
  • Construct fair, coherent and convincing arguments utilising the relevant key concepts and approaches in the relevant disciplines
  • Work independently with confidence and reflect upon the process of learning
  • Work within a group, to negotiate, to learn from others and to lead an activity
  • Manage time effectively, set objectives and evaluate the performance of oneself and others
  • Develop and debate ideas and to sustain arguments effectively both orally and in written form

In a typical teaching week, you will have approximately 14 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as follows:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour tutorial each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 5 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week.
  • Large group teaching: 8 hours of lectures each week.

The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials

This course provides an international perspective, through studying the history and contemporary politics of a range of countries from around the world. The course is taught by both British and non-British staff and a regular proportion of students are recruited from the EU and overseas, providing a multicultural learning experience.

We are keen to provide an internationalised student experience, so provide opportunities for you to study abroad by maintaining our links with some of the most prestigious European universities, such as the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) in Berlin, Science Po in Bordeaux, the University of Heidelberg in Germany and Lund University in Sweden. * If you do not speak a foreign language, students could have the opportunity to study a year at an institution where courses are taught in English.

We organise an annual study trip abroad to a range of different destinations. For example, previous students have travelled to the United States to visit the Houses of Congress, the Pentagon, the Supreme Court, Ground Zero and the Constitutional Hall of Philadelphia. Another group spent a week in Sicily examining how the anti-mafia organisation Libera has been working to combat organised crime.

* Subject to additional costs, application, meeting applicable visa requirements and availability. Further costs incurred as a result of the professional work placement or study abroad shall be borne by the student.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2018/19, we provided a total of 5,469 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni 2016/17


5,469

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2018/19


12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally since 2016


12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

Document analysis, book reviews and the ability to read graphs and data to draw conclusions are all a part of this course. It's a challenge, but thanks to very dedicated lecturers, it not only became a fascinating and interesting journey, but it awakened in me a desire to delve deeper around the subject.

Dawid Kaczorowski, BA (Hons) History and Politics, graduated in 2014, now Service Desk Analyst at Advanced

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: AHU049
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBC DMM 29 points Minimum five graded 9-4 including English.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit. Plus GCSE English Language at grade A*-C.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires an IELTS of 6.0 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language This course requires an IELTS of 6.0 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2021

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £9,250 (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2021

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2021

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £13,900 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip

EU student fees

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

What our students say...

Document analysis, book reviews and the ability to read graphs and data to draw conclusions are all a part of this course. It's a challenge, but thanks to the dedicated lecturers, it's a fascinating and interesting journey.

Dawid Kaczorowski BA (Hons) History and Politics, graduated in 2014, now Service Desk Analyst at Advanced

Career prospects

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

Upon successful completion of this course, the skills and knowledge you will gain on this degree may assist you with careers in government, business, media, lobbying, campaigning, voluntary organisations and international organisations like the United Nations (UN) or the European Commission.

Throughout the course, our aim is to focus your academic study around broad-based skills development. When you graduate, you’ll have developed a range of transferrable skills, valued by employers, including excellent communications, critical thinking and analysis, presentation and listening skills.

The Talent Team is on hand to offer tailored career and enterprise support if you wish to apply for employment or take advantage of professional practice opportunities within course specific industries. Students could have access to a team of designated employability officer who can advise you on career opportunities and give support to help you develop tailor-made job applications.

97%

on average of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DLHE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

Some of our previous students have secured graduate-level jobs in the Civil Service, international organisations, local government, the media, banking and finance, the culture industry, further and higher education teaching and non-government organisations (NGOs).

They work for a range of organisations, including the House of Commons, the European Parliament, the European Union, the Commonwealth, foreign embassies, IPSOS Mori, Amnesty International, Greenpeace, the NHS, BUPA Healthcare, BMI Healthcare, Barclays, HSBC, BBC, West Midlands Police/Transport Police, Atlas Copco, GlaxoSmithKline and the Army/Navy.

£18k

Our graduates earn an average salary of £18,000 six months after the course (DLHE 2014/15)

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2020/21 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.