History and Politics BA (Hons)


Course Code

International Code: AHU049


Coventry University (Coventry)


Study mode



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

Start date

September 2022

Course overview

Study level: Undergraduate

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, America and the Middle East.
  • The course examines past issues of conflict, poverty, marginalised communities, environment and gender throughout history.
  • It aims to enhance your understanding of today’s socio-political problems and associated decision-making.
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Global Ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

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Teaching excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

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Career ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Why you should study this course

You can develop academic and professional skills which are embedded into the course. We provide you with opportunities to improve your powers of reason, judgment, critical thinking, analysis and problem solving.

  • You can 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 teach 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.
  • We examine the major developments and themes in world politics since the end of the Second World War.
  • With an emphasis on contemporary European history, we examine key aspects of world history in the 20th and 21stcenturies.

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

NSS, 2016

What you'll study

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.

We look at 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.

All of the modules for the first year, below, are mandatory.


  • This module aims to provide you with an introduction to the study of political institutions and behaviour post WW2. It examines the theories associated with political systems and institutions that form the framework for political life and assesses the extent to which these match the reality of practice.
    The aim is to facilitate the transition of students from pre-university level study and provide preparation and support for academic study at degree level. The module aims to introduce students to using raw data and statistical sources to support the construction of a reasoned argument.


    Assessment: Coursework

  • This module aims to introduce you to some of the key concepts in the study of politics. It introduces you to using those concepts to 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.


    Assessment: Coursework and exam

  • The aim of this module is to 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. The module will also provide an introduction to the important political and social developments which took place between 1900 and 1951 in the formation of modern Britain.


    Assessment: Coursework

  • You will study 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 eighteenth century to the foundation of the United Nations. A key theme will be the political impact of French, German, Italian, American and other nationalist movements. The political, social, economic and ideological contexts of these movements shall be discussed as well. The module will also introduce students to some historiographical issues and debates, with emphasis on the analysis, interpretation and writing of the national unification and nationalism in modern history.


    Assessment: Coursework

  • The module looks at the major developments in world politics since the end of the Second World War. It examines 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.


    Assessment: Coursework and exam

In the second year, students are given the chance to 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.


  • This module focuses on politics and the State in different countries and continents. It aims to give you an understanding of different concepts of the State and introduce you to a number of key political issues in developed and developing countries today. The first sessions introduce the concepts underlying the module. Further sessions cover how the concepts may be applied to five case study countries (such as France, Spain, Kenya, USA, Egypt and Zimbabwe).


    Assessment: Coursework and exam

  • This module aims to introduce and analyse the system of government in Britain, with special emphasis on assessing whether these institutions are appropriate for British society in the twenty-first century. Key institutions (such as the Constitution, Parliament, the Cabinet, the judiciary, and the Devolved Administrations) will be examined to show their role in the British political system.


    Assessment: Coursework and exam

  • The aim of this module is to provide an outline history of the United States from Contact to the end of the 20th century. The module will be organised along broadly chronological lines, with emphasis on addressing those general themes that have been important in the shaping of modern North America. The major themes of this module are: political change and institutions; key leaders; war and diplomacy; economic and social development.


    Assessment: Coursework

  • The aim of this module is to introduce you to the history of the relations between the major European powers in the 20th century. The foreign policies of Britain, France, Italy, Germany and the Soviet Union will provide the focus of this module. This module will examine the development of the European states system and thereby provide students with the essential background for understanding contemporary Europe.


    Assessment: Coursework

  • This module aims to introduce you to the concept of a graduate career. It provides you with a knowledge and understanding of the graduate employment process and helps you to organise placements and work experience to enhance your employability. It aims to develop your professional competencies, helping you move from undergraduate study to the graduate labour market. To achieve this, you will engage in a series of workshops and a process of self-reflection, developing market intelligence to produce an individual and tailored action plan, and a professional CV.


    Assessment: Coursework

  • You will also be able to take an Add+vantage module which can allow you to develop your CV by taking credits in an area of study that doesn’t have to be related to your degree. The assessment type will depend on the type of Add+vantage module you wish to take.


    Assessment: Coursework and exam

  • Choose one from the following:

    History of Modern Political Thought (20 credits)

    The module will examine the ideas and theories of major political thinkers in a chronological sequence - from the Renaissance to the end of the nineteenth century - and with attention to their historical - both intellectual and political - contexts. At the same time, modern political thought will be presented throughout as involving the critical study of political values and of the key concepts used in political argument and debate. 

    Assessment: Coursework and exam 

    Sex, Sexuality, Power and Oppression (20 credits)

    This module explores the relationship between sex and sexuality, and legal, political and moral definitions of crime and deviance. It examines the issues of sexual violence from the perspective of both victim and perpetrator, sexuality and social control (e.g. prostitution, pornography and same sex relationships). The module draws on a range of theoretical and historical perspectives. The relationship between the public and the private is a central focus throughout.

    Assessment: Coursework

    Shadow Warriors: Modern Britain and Espionage (20 credits)

    From the Victorian period to the end of the Cold War, espionage has played an important role in the diplomatic, military, political and commercial deals of states. Yet, the men and women engaged in this often-dangerous profession have done so in secret. What was reported of their activities tended to be sensationalised and misleading. Historical accounts of espionage be they fiction, autobiographical or even factual in their basis, have tended to pander to public appetites whetted by intrigue, violence and sex. It has only been in recent decades that the veil surrounding secret work has gradually been lifted, as states have opened their archives and former intelligence officers have been authorised to speak and write about their work.

    Assessment: Coursework


After your second year, you may have an opportunity to take a sandwich year, studying abroad or on professional placement.

The Talent Team can provide you with a wide range of support services in order to help you apply for a placement opportunity.

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.


  • Optional

  • Optional

Your studies culminate in a 10,000-word dissertation through which you research an idea, policy or issue that fires up your own interests. Past students have chosen exciting topics like British decolonisation, 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.


  • This module is designed to enable you to develop, enhance and put into practice the research skills you acquired in your previous years of study. It encourages you to use the skills involved in gathering and interpretating knowledge and analyse a subject of your own choosing in depth, within the context of their programme of study.
    This module requires you to study independently aims to develop your independent thinking, critical judgement and ability to retrieve knowledge through research.
    You should also develop your time-management and independent learning skills.


    Assessment: Coursework

  • This module examines the major political ideologies of the twentieth century in Britain, Europe, North America and the Third World. It provides students with an in-depth understanding of the main intellectual and political debates within ten influential ideological currents, namely, conservatism, Christian Democracy, far right populism/neo-fascism, liberalism, socialism, the New Left, feminism, ecologism, political Islam and anti-colonialism.


    Assessment: Coursework and exam

  • This module explores the political and economic history of the German nation from its division at the end of the Second World War to its reunification in 1990 and beyond. The particular geographic and political situation of Germany on the frontline in the Cold War was a test case for East–West relations, until the fall of the Berlin Wall gave it the opportunity to bring a century shaped by German aggression to a peaceful close.


    Assessment: Coursework and presentation

  • You will also be able to take an Add+vantage module which can allow you to develop your CV by taking credits in an area of study that doesn’t have to be related to your degree. The assessment type will depend on the type of Add+vantage module you wish to take.


    Assessment: Coursework and exam

  • Choose two from the following:

    Politics of the Contemporary Middle East (20 credits)
    Nationalism and Democratisation in Post-Communist Europe (20 credits)
    US Government and Politics (20 credits)
    Study Trip (20 credits)
    An Inconvenient History (20 credits)
    Women’s Lives in Britain and the United States, 1800-1945 (20 credits)


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.

How you'll learn

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

It is delivered through lectures, with seminars, tutorials, workshops, online discussions and web-based activities. Your personal tutor can review and advise you on your progress.

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 12 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This includes:

  • personal tutorial/small group teaching
  • medium-group teaching: practical classes, workshops or seminars
  • large-group teaching: mainly in the form of lectures.

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 will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include, practical or project work, coursework, tests, essays and presentations, posters.

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.

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We have maintained a close relationship with the local city council and the Houses of Parliament, organising a range of guest talks from the people involved in contemporary politics and international relations. This has previously included British MPs, high commissioners from African states and speakers from major global corporations. Recent topics have included ‘Britain and the EU’, ‘Women in Politics’ and ‘Ethnic Diversity in Politics’.

You'll also have the option to spend a year on professional placement, applying your academic skills within the workplace and potentially gain valuable work experience.* Past students have spent time within an MP’s office, working for local government, for historical societies like The Herbert Art Gallery and organisations such as The British Council.

International experience opportunities

We are keen to offer 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.

Entry requirements

Typical offer for 2022 entry.

Requirement What we're looking for
A level BBC
GCSE 5 GCSE's grade 9-4 / A*-C or above including English 
IB Diploma 29 points 

We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.

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Are you eligible for the Fair Access Scheme?

We believe every student should have the opportunity to dream big, reach their potential and succeed, regardless of their background.

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Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.

Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 6.0, with no component lower than 5.5

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course. 

For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.

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Fees and funding

2022/23 Tuition fees

Student Full time Part time
UK £9,250 per year Not available
International £15,300 per year Not available

For advice and guidance on tuition fees and student loans visit our Undergraduate Finance page and see The University’s Tuition Fee and Refund Terms and Conditions.

We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them. Find out what's included in your tuition costs.


The Faculty of Arts and Humanities is joining two of our school’s completely refurbished Art and Design buildings and adding a range of new facilities, set to open later in 2022.

These will include a hyper studio designed for cross-disciplinary projects; immersive studios with cutting-edge virtual reality and mixed-reality technologies. Our aim is to offer you sector-leading facilities in a unique environment.

Careers and opportunities

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.

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).

Where our graduates work

Our previous graduates 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.

Further study

Alternatively, you may decide to pursue postgraduate study opportunities by studying courses such as History MA. You may be entitled to an alumni discount on your fees if you decide to extend your time with us by progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate study.

How to apply

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  • Student Contract

    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 2021/22 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.

    Tuition fees

    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.


    The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery. 


    Facilities mentioned on this page may not be relevant for every course. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

    Placements and study abroad opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

    Additional costs

    This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to), equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas).