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2021/22 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA History

Programme code:BA-HISTUCAS code:V100
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Kevin Linch Contact address:k.b.linch@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 365

Entry requirements:

Grades AAA at A-level.

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:

History is both a subject and an academic discipline. Students of history attempt to reconstruct and explain the past through the study of its residues, using critical skills and insights particular to the historical profession or drawn from other disciplines. The Leeds School of History is a large research-led department. It achieved a grade point average of 2.75 in the last Research Assessment Exercise, and lecturers in the School generally teach in their specialist research areas.

The School's programme is notable for both the chronological and geographical range of the options it offers, which include modules in British, European, American and Wider World history.

Leeds students 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 2 and 3. Students also have easy access from campus to the British Library branch at Boston Spa, the Leeds Public Library, the Yorkshire Archaeological Society and the West Yorkshire District Archives.

As Leeds History graduates develop advanced skills in critical thinking, information handling, research and communication skills, they are highly sought after by leading employers in fields as diverse as Law, the media and accountancy, as well as more subject orientated careers such as the heritage industry, archivism and teaching.

The programme will:
- provide students with tools for the critical interpretation of both secondary and primary texts;
- equip students with extensive background and comparative historical knowledge of a number of chronological periods and cultures or geographic regions;
- offer students a wide choice of specialist topics covering many periods, approaches and cultures, based on the research specialisms of staff in the School;
- equip students with a broad awareness of general developments in historiography, and in depth knowledge of the historiography of their specialist areas;
- expose students to a variety of the approaches and conceptual tools of some of the sub-disciplines of the historical profession, which may include social history, economic history, cultural history, gender history and political history;
- equip students with the skills and opportunity to conduct autonomous supervised research projects, including a primary source or historiographically based dissertation;
- develop students' competency at communicating their ideas by a variety of methods, including oral presentations, essays and a research-based dissertation.


Year1 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

HIST1055Historiography and Historical Skills20 credits 
HIST1090Medieval and Renaissance Europe20 credits 
HIST1210The Modern World20 credits 
HIST1300Primary Sources for the Historian: An Introduction to Documentary study20 credits 

Optional modules:

Candidates may study up to 40 credits from the following modules or take discovery modules outside the School:

In addition to the modules listed above, students may wish to choose from the following further History option modules to fulfil their remaining credits

HIST1045Empire and Aftermath: The Mediterranean World from the Second to the Eighth Centuries20 credits 
HIST1060Faith, Knowledge and Power, 1500-175020 credits 

Discovery modules:

Candidates may take up to 40 credits of discovery modules outside the School in place of the option modules listed above.


Year2 - View timetable

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

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study at least 40 credits from the following optional modules. These MUST be taken in different semesters:

GROUP A MODULES

HIST2005Rule and Reform under Charlemagne and his Successors, 768-98720 credits 
HIST2006Small Change and Big Changes: Money and Power in Europe, 284-100020 credits 
HIST2030The Crusades and the Crusader States in the 12th Century20 credits 
HIST2031The Crusades and Medieval Christendom20 credits 
HIST2065The Tudors: Princes, Politics, and Piety, 1485-160320 credits 
HIST2073Most Christian Kings: France, 1515-171520 credits 
HIST2075Urban Experience and Identity in Early Modern Europe20 credits 
HIST2080Voices of the People: Speech, Language and Oral Culture in Early Modern Europe20 credits 
HIST2110The Cult of Saints in Medieval Europe c.400-c.150020 credits 
HIST2112Jewish Communities in Medieval Europe20 credits 
HIST2115Charles the Great to Alfred the Great: Franks, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings in the Ninth Century20 credits 
HIST2117Conquerors and Conquered: England, 1000-113520 credits 
HIST2125Britain and the Atlantic World20 credits 
HIST2135Britain and the Industrial Revolution20 credits 
HIST2170Patient Voices: Medicine and Healthcare in the Middle Ages20 credits 
HIST2220The Body, Disease and Society in Europe, 1500-175020 credits 
HIST2305Mughals, Merchants and Mercenaries: 'Company Raj' in India 1600-185720 credits 
HIST2308Life and Death in British India, 1690-187120 credits 
HIST2433The Global Caribbean, 1756-184820 credits 
MEDV2085Medieval Narratives in the Modern World: Nationalism, Terrorism, Popular Culture20 credits 

AND at least 40 credits from the following modules. These MUST be taken in different semesters:

GROUP B MODULES

HIST2077Colonial Encounters: France and its Empire, 1830-194520 credits 
HIST2079The Republic in Crisis: Conflict and Identity in France since 187020 credits 
HIST2100Victorian England: Old England and Industrial Society 1837-186520 credits 
HIST2101Victorian England: Aristocracy and Democracy, 1865-190120 credits 
HIST2140Imperial Germany 1871-191820 credits 
HIST2152Spain, 1898-1936: Disaster, Reaction and Reform20 credits 
HIST229020th Century Britain: The Burdens of Conflict 1900-194520 credits 
HIST229120th Century Britain: Progress and Uncertainty 1945-199020 credits 
HIST2301The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union, 1921-199320 credits 
HIST2309Communist Eastern Europe, 1945-8920 credits 
HIST2310Russia under the Romanovs, 1812-191720 credits 
HIST2320The Lucky Country? The Social History of Australia in the Twentieth Century20 credits 
HIST2353America and the Sixties20 credits 
HIST2420Nationalism, Colonialism and 'Religious Violence' in India, 1857-194720 credits 
HIST2430The History of Africa since 190020 credits 
HIST2432Lost Colonists: Failure and the Family in Southern Africa, 1880-193920 credits 
HIST2441Race, Gender and Cultural Protest in the US since 186520 credits 
HIST2442Black Politics from Emancipation to Obama20 credits 
HIST2600Brazil and Cuba from Colonies to Republics20 credits 
HIST2645The Rise of Modern Japan: From the Meiji Restoration to the Present Day20 credits 
HIST2653American Business History20 credits 
HIST2654Global Business History20 credits 
HIST2658Mao Zedong and Modern China, 1949-Present20 credits 

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.

These modules are excellent preparation for the final year dissertation.

GROUP C MODULES

FOAR2000Research Placement20 credits 
HIST2505Archive Intelligence: Unlocking the Archive20 credits 
HIST2535Historical Research Project20 credits 
HIST2540History Students in Schools20 credits 
HIST2557Thinking about History20 credits 
HIST2560History on the High Street20 credits 
HIST2570History in the Media20 credits 

Students cannot take level 3 modules at level 2. Students are only permitted to take a maximum of 20 credits below their year of study at levels 2 and 3, with the exception of skills discovery modules.

Discovery modules:

Candidates may take up to 40 credits of discovery modules from within or outside the School.


Year3 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory module:

HIST3500History Dissertation40 credits 

Optional modules:

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

HIST3001Conquest, Convivencia and Conflict: Christian and Muslim Spain, 711-121240 credits 
HIST3002Back to School in the Middle Ages: Schools, Teachers and Pupils in north-western Europe 700-120040 credits 
HIST3220Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement40 credits 
HIST3240The Harlem Renaissance: Black Culture and Politics 1919-194040 credits 
HIST3260Tradition and Modernity in Colonial Africa: Uganda's Kingdoms 1862-196440 credits 
HIST3270The Third Reich, 1933-194540 credits 
HIST3302Ordinary People: The Everyday Lives of Men, Women and Children in Britain, c. 1920s-50s40 credits 
HIST3315Citizens of the World: British Merchants in the Long Eighteenth Century40 credits 
HIST3330Europe in an Age of Total Warfare40 credits 
HIST3332The Spanish Civil War, 1936-193940 credits 
HIST3362American Consumer Society in Historical Perspective40 credits 
HIST3382The Cultural History of Venice, 1509-179740 credits 
HIST3385Gendering the Raj: Women, Imperialism and Nationalism in Colonial and Postcolonial India40 credits 
HIST3387The Transformation of the Soviet Union, 1945-197040 credits 
HIST3388Teaching & Learning in Early Modern England: Skill, Knowledge, and Education40 credits 
HIST3391De Tocqueville and the Democratic Regime40 credits 
HIST3395The Troubles: The Northern Ireland Conflict, 1968-Present40 credits 
HIST3396The Hidden Atlantic: Pirates, Sailors, and the Slave Traders, 1807-186740 credits 
HIST3498Early Modern Media: Printing and the People in Europe c.1500-c.180040 credits 
HIST3580Empire, State and Society: Britain's Imperial Experience, c. 1870-191440 credits 
HIST3650Stalin and Stalinism40 credits 
HIST3665France and Algeria from 1830 to the Present40 credits 
HIST3695The Korean War40 credits 
HIST3740Alliance Without Backbone: Germany, its Allies and Satellites Before and During World War Two40 credits 
HIST3743From Byron to Bin Laden: Transnational War Volunteers40 credits 
HIST3745Secret Service: The World of British Intelligence40 credits 
HIST3747The Iron Lady Abroad: Margaret Thatcher and UK Foreign Policy from 197940 credits 
HIST3785Europe on the Move: Refugees and Resettlement, 1919-5940 credits 
HIST3888The Global Vietnam War40 credits 

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

HIST3450American History, American Historians20 credits 
HIST3453The Body in Australian History, 1788-200720 credits 
HIST3455Consumer Society in Historical Perspective20 credits 
HIST3493War, Regicide and Republic: England, 1642-166020 credits 
HIST3510Pastors and Prelates: Bishops in England, France and Germany, 950-110020 credits 
HIST3515The Baltic Crusades: The Conquest and Conversion of North-Eastern Europe, 1180-141020 credits 
HIST3689Order and Disorder in Early Modern France: Understanding the French Wars of Religion20 credits 
HIST3708Britain, The Empire and the Wider World, c. 1815-1914 (Part 2)20 credits 
HIST3723Apartheid in South Africa: Origins, Impact and Legacy20 credits 
HIST3724Caribbean Identity, Society and Decolonisation20 credits 
HIST3726In the Shadow of Franco: Terror and its Legacy in Spain, 1936-Present Day20 credits 
HIST3728The Breaking of Contemporary Britain: Challenges from the Post-War Period20 credits 
HIST3732Men and Masculinity in Britain, c.1860-1960: War, Work and Home20 credits 
HIST3734Missionaries, Abolitionists and Colonial Philanthropists: Evangelical Attitudes to Empire, 1765-186520 credits 
HIST3735Crime and Punishment in Colonial Southern Asia20 credits 
HIST3738The Hungry Empire: Indian Commodities That Built Britain's Global Empire, c.1750s-193020 credits 
HIST3880'Parasites' and 'Cockroaches': Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide in the Modern World20 credits 
HIST3887Changing Enemies: Germany Occupied and Divided, 1945-5520 credits 
HIST3891Sweet Enemies? Britain and France from Waterloo to the Present20 credits 
HIST3900The Soviet Union in World Politics, 1917-199120 credits 
HIST3999Doomed to Failure? European Great Power Politics from Bismarck to the Outbreak of World War I20 credits 
MEDV3411Medieval Women Mystics: Visionaries, Saints and Heretics20 credits 

Students may take 40 credits of MEDV modules, 20 credits in lieu of a core HIST option module, with prior permission from the Head of the School of History.

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.

HIST2505Archive Intelligence: Unlocking the Archive20 credits 
HIST2540History Students in Schools20 credits 
HIST2557Thinking about History20 credits 
HIST2560History on the High Street20 credits 
HIST2570History in the Media20 credits 

Students at level 3 may choose up to 20 credits of modules below their level. If a level 3 student chooses to study 20 credits below their level of study, these 20 credits must be taken at level 2. Level 1 modules may not be taken at level 3, with the exception of Skills Discovery modules (indicated by the letters 'skd' on the catalogue).

Discovery modules:

Candidates may take up to 20 credits of discovery modules from within or outside the School.

Last updated: 28/08/2019

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