Politics and History, BA (Hons)

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Choosing to study a joint honours degree enables students to shape their study according to their strengths, interests and career ambitions. Combining two subjects can give your degree an international or industry perspective that will give you the edge that employers are looking for.

History
Studying History at NTU is not a passive armchair activity but demands passion, focus, an open mind, intellectual curiosity and a willingness to engage in independent learning. You will be introduced to new concepts and perspectives and develop your own research interests alongside set modules.

This course offers a broad and diverse curriculum, covering periods from AD 700 to the present day, and sub…

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Choosing to study a joint honours degree enables students to shape their study according to their strengths, interests and career ambitions. Combining two subjects can give your degree an international or industry perspective that will give you the edge that employers are looking for.

History
Studying History at NTU is not a passive armchair activity but demands passion, focus, an open mind, intellectual curiosity and a willingness to engage in independent learning. You will be introduced to new concepts and perspectives and develop your own research interests alongside set modules.

This course offers a broad and diverse curriculum, covering periods from AD 700 to the present day, and subject areas as diverse as:

  • youth
  • crime
  • gender
  • religion
  • international and urban studies
  • dictatorship and democracy
  • warfare and reconstruction.

A wide range of options places the emphasis on student choice, enabling you to study in-depth specialist areas. These include:

  • The Crusades
  • Nazi Germany
  • Aztec and Inca civilisations
  • American and British History.

This course is taught by a team of internationally recognised researchers and historians. In the latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 2008, 75% of our History research was assessed as world leading or of international quality. For you, this means that the course is informed by the latest thinking and you will learn from people with a real passion for their subject.

Politics
Politics is designed for students who want an understanding of the issues dominating our lives: from the war in Afghanistan, to the European Union, to whether we will receive a pension when we reach retirement age.

Politics follows two basic themes: Political Systems, which includes such things as government, political parties and interest groups; and Political Thought, which introduces you to the basic ideas, movements and language through which politics are enacted. Politics will familiarise you with political systems and government in Europe – East as well as West – and beyond. During your studies you will gain an understanding of the various political ideas and ideologies which have informed them.

It is assumed that you have not previously studied Politics. The main requirement is that you have an enthusiasm for understanding how the world works and a preparedness to engage in discussions around key issues facing society. The first-year modules are designed to introduce you to basic political concepts and approaches. This will allow you to support your opinions with appropriate concepts and methods of investigation.

Extra opportunities
Our flexible curriculum has been designed to create some amazing opportunities for students in the School of Arts and Humanities. Your second year of study is divided into two semesters that enable students to take part in optional:

  • International exchange
  • Work placements
  • Learn or improve language skills.

Gain valuable work experience that will impress employers, learn another language, experience other cultures and travel the globe - all as part of your degree. Our international exchange partners include universities in:

  • Australia
  • Europe
  • USA
  • Canada
  • Thailand.

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What will I study?

Find out everything you need to know about what you'll be studying on this course. Detailed module information is available here:

  • Politics Joint Honours
  • History Joint Honours
Year Two - Extra Opportunities

Our flexible curriculum has been designed to create some amazing opportunities for you. Your second year of study is divided into two semesters that enables you to take part in the following optional opportunities:

  • International exchange - Experience other cultures, travel the globe and open your eyes to a world of opportunities. Our exchange partnership with a number of international universities enables you to live and study in another country in your second year. Watch our video to find out more .
  • Work placements - Gain valuable work experience that will impress employers and help you get ahead in your chosen career. Boost your employability by taking a credit-bearing work placement as part of your degree rather than a sandwich year.
  • University Language Programme - Available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.
How will I learn?

The first year is normally divided equally between the two joint honours subjects and a third drawn from a wide range of subjects within the School (including the University Language Programme). This enables greater flexibility in course selection. At the end of Year One, students have the opportunity to select between an equally weighted joint honours course and a more specialised pathway.

We ensure your learning experience is varied and gives you transferable skills that you can put into practice for years to come. Most modules involve discussions, presentations, group work and independent project work. Tutorials in Year One will help you settle in quickly and to make the jump to university-level study.

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