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2017/18 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA International History and Politics

Programme code:BA-HIST/IHPUCAS code:VL22
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Nir Arielli Contact address:n.arielli@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 365

Entry requirements:

Grades AAA at A-level (including an A in A-level History if taken).

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of History

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of History

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

History

Programme specification:

The International History and Politics programme is a specialised degree within the School of History which focuses on the history of international relations since the late nineteenth century. Students in the programme are given a thorough grounding both in the principles of international politics and the history of relations between states chiefly by specialists within the School of History, which is a large Research-led department. It achieved a grade point average of 2.75 in the last Research Assessment Exercise.

The programme is notable for the in-depth coverage of the long-twentieth century and its focus on issues of contemporary importance in world politics. Students in the programme have access to some of the best library resources in the country. The University's Brotherton Library houses one of Britain's largest historical research collections and is an invaluable resource for student research projects in years two and three.

Students also have easy access from Campus to the British Library branch at Boston Spa, the Leeds Public Library and the West Yorkshire District Archives. Like all history students, graduates of the programme develop advanced skills in critical thinking, information handling, research and communication skills, but they will also have gained a specialised knowledge relating to politics, diplomacy and international relations. They are thus highly sought after by specialist employers the civil service, political journalism and political analysis, as well as by general employers in professions as diverse as Law, the media and accountancy.

The programme will:
- provide students with tools for the critical interpretation of both secondary and primary texts.
- equip students with an in-depth knowledge of international history and politics during the entire period late nineteenth century to the present.
- offer students a choice of specialist topics covering a range of problems and approaches and based on the research specialisms of staff of the International History and Politics programme.
- equip students with a broad awareness of historiographical schools of thought in International History and Politics.
- expose students to a variety of the approaches and conceptual tools in the study of the history and conduct of modern and contemporary international relations.
- equip students with the skills and opportunity to conduct autonomous supervised research projects, including a long essay and a primary source or historiographically based dissertation.
- develop students' competency at communicating their ideas by a variety of methods, including oral presentations, essays, together with a research-based long essay and dissertation.
- offer students the opportunity to take elective modules in related areas such as Politics, International Studies or Law.


Year 1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

HIST1817Skills and Concepts in International History20 creditsSemester 1
HIST1819International History, 1919-1989: Conflict, Co-operation and Change20 creditsSemester 2
HIST1840Consensus and Contention: Investigations in International History20 creditsSemester 2
ODLM1002Studying in a Digital Age (Arts)5 creditsSemester 1
PIED1511International Politics20 creditsSemester 1

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to 40 credits of discovery modules, to be taken within or outside the School of History.


Year 2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

HIST2800Documents and Debates in International History20 creditsSemester 1
HIST2900International History and Politics Long Essay20 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to take 60 credits from the following modules:

HIST2140Imperial Germany 1871-191820 creditsSemester 1
HIST2152Spain, 1898-1936: Disaster, Reaction and Reform20 creditsSemester 2
HIST2658Mao Zedong and Modern China, 1949-Present20 creditsSemester 1
HIST2856From World War to Vietnam War, 1945-7520 creditsSemester 2
HIST2865From the Cold War to the War on Terror, 1976-200820 creditsSemester 2
HIST2875From Versailles to Potsdam: Conferences, Crises and Conflicts, 1919-4520 creditsSemester 1
HIST2878The Arab-Israeli Conflict20 creditsSemester 1
HIST2885Western Military Intervention since 194520 creditsSemester 2

Candidates can take up to 20 credits from the following modules. These modules offer you the chance to explore the diversity of approaches to the study of the past. Some of the modules give you the chance to research and practise History in collaboration with others, both within and outside the University.


FOAR2000Research Placement20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST2500Students as Scholars20 creditsNot running in 201718
HIST2540History Students in Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST2550Research Collaboration, Communication and Enterprise20 creditsNot running in 201718
HIST2557Thinking about History20 creditsSemester 1
HIST2560History on the High Street20 creditsSemester 1, Semester 2
HIST2570History in the Media20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to 20 credits of discovery modules.


Year 3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory module:

HIST3800IHP Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 40 credits from the following special subject modules:

HIST3270The Third Reich, 1933-194540 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST3330Europe in an Age of Total Warfare40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST3332The Spanish Civil War, 1936-193940 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST3390The Soviet Sixties: Politics and Society in the USSR, 1953-196840 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST3395The Troubles: The Northern Ireland Conflict, 1968-Present40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST3580Empire, State and Society: Britain's Imperial Experience, c. 1870-191440 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST3590White Africans: Intimacy, Race and Power40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST3695The Korean War40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST3740Alliance Without Backbone: Germany, its Allies and Satellites Before and During World War Two40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST3743From Byron to Bin Laden: Transnational War Volunteers40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST3746War on Tribe or War on Terror? Historicizing Afghanistan and Pakistan40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST3747The Iron Lady Abroad: Margaret Thatcher and UK Foreign Policy from 197940 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST3785Europe on the Move: Refugees and Resettlement, 1919-5940 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Candidates will be required to study 20 credits from the modules listed below:

HIST3726In the Shadow of Franco: Terror and its Legacy in Spain, 1936-Present Day20 creditsSemester 1
HIST3880'Parasites' and 'Cockroaches': Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide in the Modern World20 creditsSemester 1
HIST3887Changing Enemies: Germany Occupied and Divided, 1945-5520 creditsSemester 2
HIST3891Sweet Enemies? Britain and France from Waterloo to the Present20 creditsSemester 1
HIST3900The Soviet Union in World Politics, 1917-199120 creditsSemester 2
HIST3999Doomed to Failure? European Great Power Politics from Bismarck to the Outbreak of World War I20 creditsSemester 2

The following modules offer you the chance to explore the diversity of approaches to the study of the past. Some of the modules give you the chance to research and practise History in collaboration with others, both within and outside the University.

HIST2540History Students in Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST2550Research Collaboration, Communication and Enterprise20 creditsNot running in 201718
HIST2557Thinking about History20 creditsSemester 1
HIST2560History on the High Street20 creditsSemester 1, Semester 2
HIST2570History in the Media20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to 20 credits of discovery modules.

Last updated: 08/05/2017

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