History and Politics 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

At Keele, you will study the way humans try to organise their lives in the past and present – physically and conceptually, individually and together.

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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International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: LV21

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Course Overview

Whether interpreting acts of resistance, assessing economic change, describing environmental behaviour or understanding acts of oppression, 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, which is why history and politics work very well together as subjects.

You will learn the skills of the historian as you deepen your understanding of eras, continents and cultures from political, social and religious perspectives, and you will learn to use that knowledge to analyse the way in which societies govern themselves today. You’ll develop an understanding of different approaches to history and politics, developing a range of methods used in their pursuit. You will take classes with internationally known experts and have a lot of flexibility and choice to specialise in the areas that most interest you.

What will this mean for my future?

The careers record of Keele History and Politics graduates is excellent. Some of the common destinations include political research, think-tanks, journalism, education, management, the civil service, local government and the voluntary sector as well as in the preservation, archival and museum sectors. Around a quarter of our graduates go on to take higher degrees with many choosing to stay at Keele. 

Indicative modules

First year 

  • Historical Research and Writing
  • Medieval Europe
  • Modern History
  • Princes and Peoples: European History 1490-1700
  • Why Politics Matters
  • Modern Democracies
  • British Politics Since 1945

Second year 

  • State and Empire in Britain 1530-1720
  • Right-Wing Movements in Interwar- Europe 1918-1938
  • Power in the Modern World
  • Political Research in Practice
  • Freedom and Equality
  • Why Policy Changes
  • British Government and Politics

Third year

  • Dissertation
  • The US Presidency
  • ‘Eyes on the Prize’: The Struggle for Civil Rights in America
  • Human Rights
  • The Falklands War 1982: War, Politics, Society and Culture in 1980s Britain