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Sheffield Hallam University


UCAS Code: V100

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

Entry requirements

Access to HE Diploma


At least 45 credits at level 3 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4

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This must include at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example: BBC at A Level. DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma. A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies

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About this course

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Full-time | 2020



Develop a global view on the making of the modern world since the late eighteenth century.

• Acquire and develop a range of cognitive, practical and professional skills.
• Approach the study of history from a variety of theoretical perspectives and introduce you to a variety of themes, including nationalism, imperialism, race, gender, orientalism, and globalisation.
• Think critically about how the past is understood and interpreted and how it relates to the present.

Experience a broad range of approaches to historical study before creating a pathway through the degree to suit your interests. The breadth of our programme sweeps from the Americas through Britain and Europe, to Africa, Asia and Australia.

**How you learn**
Most teaching takes place within a group and takes the form of a mixture of tutor input, group and individual activities and student reflection.

You learn through:

• large-group lectures
• small-group seminars and workshops
• group work activities

**Work placements**
You will have the opportunity to take a module in your second year that includes a work placement. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. Previous placements have included local primary and secondary schools, local museums such as Kelham Island Industrial Museum, other heritage organisations and local businesses.

**Field trips**
As well as learning history in the classroom through lectures and seminars, you also learn on field trips to places such as Manchester People's History Museum, the Museum of London and in the archives and in computer suites with access to a range of academic digital collections.

The transferrable skills of the historian are highly valued by employers. This course prepares you for a career in

•local government
•financial services


The modules for 2020/21 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2019/20.

**Year 1 compulsory modules**
Enlightenment And Revolutions - 20 credits
Growth And Transformation: Britain In The World Economy, C. 1770-2000 - 20 credits
Making History: Sex And Gender In The Archives - 20 credits
Nations, Regions And Borders In Modern Europe, C.1860-1939 - 20 credits
The Making Of Modern Britain, 1780-1918 - 20 credits

**Year 1 elective modules**
Empires And Encounters - 20 credits
Foreign Language - 20 credits

**Year 2 compulsive module**
The Historian And Research - 20 credits

**Year 2 elective modules**
Applied History: Work And Community - 40 credits
Britain Between The Wars: Crisis, Transformation And The People, 1918-1939 - 20 credits
Eastern Europe 1945-1989 - 20 credits
Foreign Language - 20 credits
Germany, 1890 - 1933: From Reich To Republic - 20 credits
History In Practice - 20 credits
London: Literary And Historical Perspectives 1728-1914 - 20 credits
Race: Difference And Power In The Modern World - 20 credits
Slavery And Anti-Slavery In The British Atlantic, 1763-1838 - 20 credits
The City Of London And The British Economy Since 1870 - 20 credits
The Cold War Era - 20 credits
Total War And European Society, 1792-1945 - 20 credits

**Final year compulsory module**
Dissertation - 40 credits

**Final year elective modules**
American Politics And Society Since 1968 - 20 credits
Australia - From Penal Settlement To Nation, 1788-2000 - 20 credits
Chartism: Working-Class Politics And Culture In Britain, 1838-48 - 20 credits
Citizenship, Violence And Race: Germans And Africans In Colonial And Postcolonial Encounters - 20 credits
European Orientalism: Encounters With Asia And The Middle East 1800-C1950 - 20 credits
Foreign Language - 20 credits
India And The British Raj, 1765-1947 - 20 credits
Industrial Warfare And The Great War, 1914 To 1918 - 20 credits
Insurgency And Counterinsurgency Since 1857 - 20 credits
Modern Armenia: Genocide, Nation, Diaspora - 20 credits
Northern Soul: Constructing Regional Identities In The North Of England 1800-Present - 20 credits
Rise And Decline Of Soviet Communism - 20 credits
South Africa In The Twentieth Century - 20 credits
The Third Reich And Its Aftermath: Germany, 1933-1961 - 20 credits

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History is a very popular subject (although numbers have fallen of late) — in 2015, over 10,000 UK students graduated in a history-related course. Obviously, there aren't 11,000 jobs as historians available every year, but history is a good, flexible degree that allows graduates to go into a wide range of different jobs, and consequently history graduates have an unemployment rate comparable to the national graduate average. Many — probably most — jobs for graduates don't ask for a particular degree to go into them and history graduates are well set to take advantage. That's why so many go into jobs in the finance industry, human resources, marketing, PR and events management, as well as the more obvious roles in education, welfare and the arts. Around one in five history graduates went into further study last year. History and teaching were the most popular further study subjects for history graduates, but law, journalism, and politics were also popular postgraduate courses.

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