History  

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

Develop a lifelong appreciation of the historical past as well as its influence on the societies of today and tomorrow. At Keele, you’ll study the way humans have always tried to organise their lives – physically and conceptually, individually and together.

Single Honours
Study abroad
Learn a language
International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: V101

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Course Overview

History

School link:
School of Humanities

Such an appreciation of the past is essential to understanding where we are today and how we’re attempting to shape the future – even societies in the very distant past can be highly relevant in this respect. You’ll learn the skills of the historian as you deepen your understanding of eras, continents and cultures from political, social and religious perspectives. You’ll develop an understanding of different approaches to history and the range of methods used in its pursuit. You’ll take classes with world-renowned experts who love their subjects and love to teach too. You can choose History by itself or combine it with subjects including English Literature, American Studies, Politics or Law.

What will this mean for my future?

Studying History at Keele will provide you with important skills to carry through the rest of your life. You’ll develop the sort of enquiring, open-minded and creative attitude which employers are looking for. Some career options may require further study, but you could go on to work as a teacher, librarian, archivist, museum conservator, heritage manager, barrister, solicitor, civil service administrator, journalist, or a politician’s assistant or researcher.

Indicative modules

First year 

  • Historical Research and Writing
  • Histories of the Extraordinary and the Everyday
  • Modern History
  • Medieval Europe

Second year

  • Sources and Debates
  • State and Empire in Britain, 1530-1720
  • Castle and Cloister in Medieval Europe, 900-1250
  • Right-Wing Movements in Interwar-Europe
  • Imperialism and Empire

Third year

  • History Dissertation
  • Religion, Rebellion and the Raj
  • Kingship of Edward II
  • The Making of Contemporary Africa
  • Gender and Sexual Identity in Victorian Britain
  • The Making of Modern Germany

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

A summary of the credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year.

 

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

45

45

75

0

30

2

15

75

105

0

30

3

30

60

90

0

30

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Defining Moments in History, c.1000-2000

30

Modern History

15

Histories of the Extraordinary and Everyday

15

History, Media and Memory

15

   

Medieval Europe

15

   

Princes and Peoples: European History

c. 1490-1700

15

   

Anglo-Saxon England

15

   

The American Past (AMS-coded)

15

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Sources and Debates

15

State & Empire in Britain, c.1530- c.1720

15

   

Castle and Cloister in Medieval Europe, c. 900-1250

15

   

Right-Wing Movements in Interwar-Europe 1918-1938

15

   

Imperialism & Empire

15

   

Power in the Modern World

15

   

Natural Cultures: Humans and their Environments since 1700

15

   

The History of the Camp: From the GULAG to The Jungle

15

   

New World in Chains (AMS-coded)

15

   

History of the US in C20 (AMS-coded)

15

 

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Dissertation

30

The English Civil War, c.1640-46

15

   

Health, illness and Medicine 1628-1808

15

   

Urban Lives in Modern Europe 1890-1914

15

   

Religion, Rebellion and the Raj

15

   

Gender and Sexuality in Georgian Britain

15

   

The Making of Middle Britain: A Northumbrian Nativity

15

   

Doctors and medicine 1808-1886

15

   

The Making of Contemporary Africa, I

15

   

Negotiating Nationalisms

15

   

Crisis, Conflict and Commerce 1

15

   

Spirituality and Social Change in the Eleventh Century, I

15

   

Urban Lives in Modern Europe, 1914-1939

15

   

Crisis, Rupture and Opportunity: German ‘Modernity’, 1900-1933 I

15

   

Eyes on the Prize: The Struggle for Civil Rights in America (AMS-coded)

15

   

Violence and Power in Civil War America

(AMS-coded)

15

   

The whole United States is southern! The Modern South and America (AMS-coded)

15

   

Violence and Power in Antebellum America

(AMS-coded)

15

 

Students may choose to study elective modules which are offered as part of other programmes in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and across the University. These

include:

  • Modules in other subjects closely related to History such as English Literature or Politics.
  • Modules in other subjects in which they may have a particular interest such as Criminology or Film Studies.
  • Modules designed to help students for whom it is not their first language to improve their use of English for Academic Purposes.
  • Modern foreign languages modules at different levels in French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Chinese (Mandarin).
  • Free standing modules related to the development of graduate attributes, student volunteering, and studying abroad as part of the University’s exchange programme.