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BA International History and Politics

Year 1

(Award available for year: Certificate of Higher Educ)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year/programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:

1. Demonstrate familiarity with /awareness of:
- continuity and change in International Politics over an extended time span (cf. history benchmark para [hbp] #16)
- how decision makers have acted and thought in a range of historical circumstances, regimes and cultures (cf. hbp #12.1 and 17)
- techniques for close work on sources acquired through dedicated skills modules (hbp #18).

2. Use basic generic and subject specific intellectual approaches, including:
- critical and empathetic reading and use of texts or other source materials (hbp 12.2)
- appreciation of the complexity and diversity of historical circumstances and regimes (cf. hbp 12.3)
- appreciation of the problematic nature of historical interpretation and evidence (hbp 12.4)
- critical evaluation of historical evidence (hbp 12.5)
- intellectual independence (hbp 12.6)
- marshalling and communicating of argument, both oral and written (hbp 12.7).

3. Demonstrate an ability to evaluate the appropriateness some of the different approaches to international history and contemporary international politics. (hbp # 20)

4. Reflect upon their strengths and weaknesses as learners in the disciplinary context through individual and group work.

5. Demonstrate a basic awareness of the nature of history as an academic discipline and the problematic nature of historical knowledge. (hbp #19).

Transferable (key) skills

Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:

1. Qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment, such as independence of mind, initiative, group work, locating and handling information, analytical ability, problem-solving, oral and written communication, intellectual integrity, empathy (hbp #14)
2. Skills necessary for exercising of personal responsibility, including self-discipline and self-direction, peer and self-appraisal (hbp #14).


Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year / programme and will require students to:

1. Demonstrate the knowledge and application of standard historical concepts, information and techniques through:
- bibliographic searching and presentation skills
- essay writing
- formative assessment of oral presentations
- examinations.


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