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Birkbeck, University of London

History and International Relations

UCAS Code: VL1F

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

112

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About this course


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Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Part-time | 2019

Subjects

History

International politics

This course meets the rising demand to study the history of the twentieth century alongside international relations. It is a joint degree, offered by our Department of History, Classics and Archaeology and our Department of Politics, so you will be taught by world-class academics across two research-active departments. The course examines the global evolution of international relations, with an emphasis on in-depth historical studies supported by political and sociological analysis.

You will take introductory modules in international relations and modern and contemporary history (particularly related to Asia and Africa) in the first part of your degree. You will then take modules that offer both contemporary and historical approaches to Africa, Middle East, Asia (South Asia and East Asia in particular), as well as European countries. These choices are supported by a compulsory advanced module addressing conflict and war through the lens of international relations theory, as well as option modules on foreign policy and historical studies of cases which have been central to the development of international relations such as the Cold War.

Highlights

- Arts and humanities at Birkbeck are ranked fifth best in London, 18th in the UK and 87th globally in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject.

- Our Department of History, Classics and Archaeology is a world-renowned centre of original, influential research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), History at Birkbeck was ranked sixth in the UK for the percentage of our research deemed world-leading or internationally excellent. 94% of our eligible staff submitted research and we achieved 100% for a research environment supporting world-leading and internationally excellent research.

- Birkbeck is also a distinguished centre of research and teaching excellence in politics. Our Department of Politics is over 40 years old and has a reputation for the excellence of its teaching and its internationally significant research.

- Our academic staff are international authorities in their respective fields, delivering stimulating teaching.

- Our wide-ranging programmes encompass fascinating periods and areas of study, from human prehistory through to classical civilisation, the medieval and early modern periods, and on to twenty-first-century history, politics and international relations.

- Our courses are designed to encourage independent thinking and hone your argumentative, analytical and critical skills, while our teaching uniquely moves across the boundaries between subjects, encompassing, among others, economics, history and sociology.

Modules

This course consists of modules of 30 credits each and you must complete modules worth a total of 360 credits.

There are 3 kinds of module: compulsory Level 4 modules in core skills; Level 5 option modules which develop knowledge across broad areas of study; and Level 6 option modules which provide focused study on advanced topics. You take a balance of modules between the two disciplines - History and Politics - or focus on either one of the disciplines at Level 6.

In Year 1, you take two History option modules and two compulsory Politics modules.

In Year 2, you take a compulsory module and a Level 5 option module from both disciplines.

In Year 3, you take a compulsory Politics module, a Level 6 History module and a further two Level 6 option modules from either discipline.

YEAR 1 COMPULSORY MODULES:

Introduction to Global Politics;
The Study of Politics.

YEAR 2 COMPULSORY MODULES:

Exploring the Past;
Transformations in Modern Politics: Democracy, Conflict and Globalisation.

YEAR 3 COMPULSORY MODULE:

War and Modern Society.

INDICATIVE LEVEL 4 OPTION MODULES:

The Contemporary World;
The Early Modern World, 1500-1750;
The Modern World.

INDICATIVE LEVEL 5 OPTION MODULES:

Contested Nation: Germany, 1871-1918;
Popular Culture in American History, 1870 to the Present;
The Ottoman Empire;
Work and Play in Early Modern Britain.

INDICATIVE LEVEL 6 OPTION MODULES:

Body Politics: Health, Illness and Death in Britain;
Crime, Poverty and Popular Protest in England, 1500-1800;
Family, Society and Culture in Britain 1832-1918;
Later Medieval London 1450-1560: Community Politics and Religion;
Literature, Culture and Society 1914-1945;
Sexuality, Society and the State in Britain, 1914-2000;
The Colonial Gaze: Western Perceptions of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 1600-1960.

Assessment methods

Most modules are assessed through a balance of examination (held in the summer term) and coursework, with coursework usually comprising two essays of c.2000 words for each module taken.

You can choose whether or not to pursue a final-year dissertation project.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,675
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Birkbeck, University of London

Department:

History, Classics and Archaeology

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

82%
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History
80%
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International politics

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

History

Teaching and learning

94%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
69%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

68%
Library resources
69%
IT resources
79%
Course specific equipment and facilities
79%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Politics

Teaching and learning

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

71%
Library resources
86%
IT resources
79%
Course specific equipment and facilities
79%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

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