History and Physical Geography 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both History and Physical Geography.

Combined Honours

Combined Honours degrees allow you to study two different subjects in one degree. Find out more about Combined Honours degrees.


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Course Overview

For the History element of this course, you will 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. 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.

For the Physical Geography element of the course, you will take an interdisciplinary perspective that will allow you to embed influences from fields such as geology, environmental science and life sciences into your studies. With our global approach you will discover landscapes and points of view that transcend traditional boundaries. You will learn to collect and interpret evidence in the field and in the laboratory, acquiring skills in surveying, GIS and a range of physical and chemical analytical techniques. You will have the chance to apply your new skills on field courses in the UK and overseas.

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.

Keele enjoys high rates of graduate employment, where in 2016, were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. Geography graduates are highly employable. Your degree from Keele will equip you for future employment or advanced study, and will establish a lifelong appreciation of the world around you. Your skills could take you into directly related careers such as environmental planning or consultancy, or you could apply them in industries such as energy, agriculture, meteorology or construction. Your problem-solving skills and global, interdisciplinary approach will be of value in a huge range of careers.

Indicative modules

First year 

  • Historical Research and Writing
  • Histories of the Extraordinary and the Everyday
  • Modern History
  • Medieval Europe
  • Fundamentals of Physical Geography
  • Geographical Skills
  • The Practice of Physical Geography
  • People and the Environment

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
  • Dynamic Geographies
  • Practical Physical Geography
  • Regional Landsystems
  • Geographical Research Training

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
  • Dissertation
  • Glaciers and Glacial Geomorphology
  • Global Environmental Change
  • Water Resources
  • Inspirational Landscapes
  • Applied GIS
  • Coastal Environments

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

History A summary of the total credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year across both of your Principal Subjects. This document has information about History modules only; please also see the document for your other subject.

 

Physical Geography A summary of the total credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year across both of your Principal Subjects. This document has information about Physical Geography modules only; please also see the document for your other subject. For Physical Geography Combined Honours:  

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

60

0

0

0

0

2

60

0

0

0

0

3*

0

45

60

0

15

* in year 3 there is the option to choose to specialise in one of your subjects, taking a minimum of 90 credits in this subject rather than taking modules from both subjects

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

History Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Defining Moments in History, c.1000-2000

30

Modern History

15

 

 

History, Media and Memory

15

   

Medieval Europe

15

   

Princes and Peoples: European History

c. 1490-1700

15

   

Anglo-Saxon England

15

   

American Past (AMS-coded)

15

 

Physical Geography Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Fundamentals of Physical Geography

15

None

 

Geographical Skills

15

   

The Practice of Physical Geography

15

   

People and the Environment

15

   

 

 

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

History 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 Chains1

15

   

History of the US in C201

15

1 These modules have a module code starting ‘AMS-‘

 

Physical Geography Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Dynamic Geographies

15

None

 

Practical Physical Geography

15

   

Regional Landsystems

15

   

Geographical Research Training

15

   

 

 

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

History Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

None

 

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

 

Physical Geography Year 3 (Level 6) (Combined Honours)

Students take either 60 credits from the options below, or 45 credits from this list plus 15 credits from an elective outside this list. Students may take no more than one of the ISPs on this list, and do not need to take a Geography Independent Study Project (ISP) as long as there is an ISP included within their overall combined honours module diet.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

None

 

Double Dissertation ISP

30

   

Single Dissertation ISP

15

   

Glaciers and Glacial Geomorphology

15

   

Inspirational Landscapes

15

   

Global Environmental Change

15

   

Water Resources

15

   

Applied GIS

15

   

Coastal Environments

15

   

Environment and Sustainability Case Study

15

   

Natural Hazards

15

 

 

Modules - Year Four

Year 3 (Level 6)

If you choose to specialise in History in your final year you may study the following modules:

Physical Geography Students take either 60 credits from the options below, or 45 credits from this list plus 15 credits from an elective outside this list. Students may take no more than one of the ISPs on this list, and do not need to take a Geography Independent Study Project (ISP) as long as there is an ISP included within their overall combined honours module diet.

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)

15

   

Violence and Power in Civil War America

(AMS)

15

   

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

15

   

Violence and Power in Antebellum America

(AMS)

15

None

 

Double Dissertation ISP

30

 

 

Single Dissertation ISP

15

 

 

Glaciers and Glacial Geomorphology

15

 

 

Inspirational Landscapes

15

 

 

Global Environmental Change

15

 

 

Water Resources

15

 

 

Applied GIS

15

 

 

Coastal Environments

15

 

 

Environment and Sustainability Case Study

15

 

 

Natural Hazards

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.

 

 

Year 3 (Level 6) (Major Route)

If you choose to specialise in Physical Geography in your final year you will take either 120 credits from the list below, or 105 credits from this list plus 15 credits from an elective outside this list. Students must take one of the two Dissertation ISP options below.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

None

 

Double Dissertation ISP

30

   

Single Dissertation ISP

15

   

Glaciers and Glacial Geomorphology

15

   

Global Environmental Change

15

   

Water Resources

15

   

Natural Hazards

15

   

Inspirational Landscapes

15

   

Applied GIS*

15

   

Coastal Environments

15

   

Trees in their Environment*

15

   

Contemporary Topics in Environmental Science

15

   

Environment & Sustainability Case Study

15

 

For further information on the content of modules currently offered, including the list of elective modules, please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az