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BAModern History and Politics

University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
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You obtain a thorough grounding in the fields of modern history and politics, and will consider how the two disciplines can be integrated. You take an Introduction to Politics module alongside your history modules in your first year, and continue to combine modern history and politics modules in your second and third years. There is a range of relevant options to choose from in both departments and you choose to write your final-year dissertation in either politics or history.

In your history modules you investigate the intersection of the ideas, cultures and economics of different people over the last 200 years of western history. You’re introduced to the relationship between today’s ‘modern’ world, which assumes the significance of political liberty, global interdependence and sexuality, and events and ideas which originated in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Always seeking political cause and effect, our course casts light on aspects of life you might never ordinarily connect to politics and government. You investigate the scope of political science as a field of inquiry, and the methods used by political scientists, in order to explore questions concerning both what does occur in politics, and what should occur in politics.

You study topics including:

- Democratic systems
- Political power
- Concepts in political science: state, laws, wars and political parties
- The spread of communist-inspired revolutions in China, Russia, and Latin America
- The origins and consequences of the Cold War

Our Department of History has developed a strong research and teaching profile, with the majority of our research rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014). We provide you with opportunities to explore local history, and have strong links with the Essex Record Office, one of the best county record offices in the UK. You can also explore more international topics; our corridors are truly cosmopolitan, with an international research team and a high proportion of international students.

Our Department of Government is one of the most prestigious in Europe, with an outstanding record of teaching, research and publication. We are rated top in the UK for research (REF 2014), and have consistently been the highest-rated politics department in the country since national assessments began.

Programme structure

Year 1

The Making of the Modern World 1776-1989
Introduction to Politics
Democracy: Forms and Futures
Becoming a Historian
Europe: Myth and Idea (optional)
Themes in Global History (optional)

Year 2

Making Histories: Concepts, Themes and Sources
Principles of Social Justice
Ethics and Public Policy
History Works: Beyond Your BA
International Politics of the Middle East (optional)
‘The Special Relationship’? Anglo-American Relations 1850-2005 (optional)
Games, Strategy and Politics (optional)

Final year

Project: Collaborative Faculty – Student Research Experience (optional)
Development, State Building and Conflict (optional)
International Security Studies (optional)
The Common People: British Social History 1830-1950 (optional)

Career opportunities

Many of our graduates go into subject-related fields such as teaching, museum curation and archiving, while others have gone on to do very different things, including journalism, law, politics and civil service.

Some of our recent graduates from BA Modern History and Politics have found employment as:

A policy and strategy assistant for Victim Support
An insurance advisor for Swinton Insurance
An economic analyst
A hospital coordinator

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States