BA History and Politics (3 year)

  1. UCAS code:
    LV21
    Duration:
    3yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    BBB-BBC
  3. 94% Graduate Employment

Course Overview

The BA History and Politics degree covers the periods of Medieval, Early Modern and Modern History and we offer modules in British, European, American and Welsh History, as well an exciting range of topics that cover every branch of Politics.

Teaching and Assessment

In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. (Have a look at our module booklet for full information on modules).

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. 

We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.    

Key Features

  • A UNIQUE STUDY EXPERIENCE IN THE UK! New students who are admitted to our BA programmes will be offered Centenary Graduate Scholarships to reward academic achievement. The Excellence and Merit scholarships will be available to EU, UK and International students who have completed a full-time three or four year BA programme, achieved a 2:1 or above, and gained a place on a one-year full-time Taught Masters programme in the College.
  • BA students who graduate with a 1st class degree will automatically receive a full tuition fee Excellence scholarship for the MA year. 
  • BA students who graduate with a 2:1 degree will automatically receive a Merit scholarship and pay £1,000 fees for the MA year.
  • Students have the option of a semester abroad in Hong Kong or the USA.
  • Students can study a 'Parliamentary Studies" module which includes sessions with members of parliament and the House of Lords, visits to the Palace of Westminster. Staff from the Houses of Parliament will deliver some classes and will be available to act as informal project advisors to students who take the follow on Dissertation in parliamentary studies module.
  • Modules are offered through the medium of Welsh.
  • Our students have a personal tutor who provides pastoral support and guidance on issues that may affect their well-being, attendance and progress through University.
  • The History student society organises social and cultural events and has won many awards for best event or best society.  Follow us on Twitter: @SUHistSoc.
  • Have a look at our blog.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

HE Level 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
HIH122Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Making History
PO-119Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Politics and the People
PO-125Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20What is Politics and International Relations?
Optional Modules
History Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 2 modules from the list below.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH117Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Medieval Europe: an introduction
HIH118Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Early Modern World, 1500-1800Not to taken with HUC101 or MS-106 from below.
HIH121Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Europe of Extremes: 1789 - 1989
HIH124Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Modern British History
AND
Politics Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select one module from the options below.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-111Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The American Experience 1492-2000
AM-112Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Contours of American Politics
AM-113Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to American Literature and Culture
HUA101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Theories of War
HUA102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20War and Warfare in the Modern WorldYou may not take this module if you have selected HIH118 from above
HUC101Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Ancient Philosophy and Rhetoric
HUP100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Fundamental Questions of Philosophy
HUP101Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ethics, Justice, and Society
MS-106Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Contemporary Welsh SocietyYou may not take this module if you have selected HIH118 from above
MSP100RSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Public Relations: Strategic Communications
MSS106Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Hollywood: A History of American Film

Year 2 (Level 5)

HE Level 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
HIH237Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Practice of History
PO-209Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The State and Political Institutions
PO-238Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Normative Models of Democracy: Contemporary Perspectives
Optional Modules
Joint Honours History 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 2 x 20 credit modules. Students should ensure that they select 60 credits in each teaching block when combined with their other selections.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-217Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Making of Transatlantic America
AM-240Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Paradox of Power: American Foreign Policy
AM-245Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20John F. Kennedy and America
CLH292Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20History of Ancient Technology and Engineering
HIH2011Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Heirs of Rome: The Making of Christendom, Byzantium, and Islam in the Early Middle Ages, 400-800
HIH2017Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The State of the Church in Later Medieval Europe
HIH222Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Revolutionary and Napoleonic Europe, 1789-1815
HIH226Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Post-War Reconstruction: Europe 1945 - 1956
HIH227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Medieval Britain 1250-1461
HIH235Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Golden Age of Iberia, 1450-1700
HIH240Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Europe 1500-1650: Renaissance, Reformation and Religious War
HIH246Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Europe 1650-1800: From Reason to Romanticism
HIH253Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Welsh Century: Politics, Nationality and Religion, 1847-1947
HIH255Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20First World War: Politics, Society and Culture 1870-1933
HIH258Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Occupied Europe 1938 - 1947
HIH267Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The History of the Mass Media in the United Kingdom
HIH268Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20From War to Revolution: France 1914-1968
HIH272Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Cold War
HIH273Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Deformity, Deviance and Difference: Exploring Disability History
HUA206Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Contemporary Wars and Conflicts
ML-242Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20European Fascisms
AND

Year 3 (Level 6)

HE Level 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PO-396Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Researching Politics 1
PO-397Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Researching Politics 2 (PO-327)
Optional Modules
History Dissertation 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students have the option of selecting the History Dissertation or scroll down to select the Dissertation in your other subject area. Students must select 60 credits in each teaching block.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3300Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40History Dissertation
AND
History Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-337Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20"A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall": America in the 1960s
HIH3019Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Renaissance Venice
HIH3171Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Family, Sex and Intimacy in Early Modern England
HIH3178Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20European Empires in the East. A comparative analysis
HIH3215Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Media and Society in the 1930s
HIH3216Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Prisoners of War in Twentieth Century Conflicts
HIH3301Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Welsh society in the later Middle Ages, 1267-1536 (Level 3)
HIH3318Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Invention, innovation and technological revolutions
HIH3326Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Britain since 1945
HIH3330Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Class, Community and Conflict: South Wales Industrial Society, 1800-2000
HIH396Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20From Machiavelli to Mussolini: Government and society in Western political thought
HUA300Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Rise of Brazil
HUA301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Gunfighter Nation: the West in History, Mythology and Fiction
HUA305Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Spanish Civil War - Its Origins, Course and Legacy
HUA306Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Aftermaths of War
HUA308Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Real War, Imagined War: War in Literature, Art and Cinema
HUA309Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Russian Civil War
AND
Politics Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-300Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Power and Protest in American Political Culture
AM-330Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20America and the Bomb
AM-331Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The American Presidency: Leadership and Power
HIH396Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20From Machiavelli to Mussolini: Government and society in Western political thought
HUA300Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Rise of Brazil
HUA301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Gunfighter Nation: the West in History, Mythology and Fiction
HUA305Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Spanish Civil War - Its Origins, Course and Legacy
HUA306Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Aftermaths of War
HUA308Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Real War, Imagined War: War in Literature, Art and Cinema
HUA309Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Russian Civil War
HUP301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Religion, Science, and Superstition
HUP304Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Philosophy and the Social Sciences
MS-302Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Media, Gender and Sexuality
PO-3110Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Visions of Democracy
PO-3117Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Politics and International Development
PO-3121Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Parliamentary Studies
PO-345Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Contemporary Political Economy: Competing Perspectives on Global Capitalism
PO-392Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Contemporary Security
POA301Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Dissertation in Parliamentary Studies
OR
Politics Dissertation and History Special Subject 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PO-3000Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20The National Assembly for Wales
PO-395Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Dissertation (PO-325)
AND
Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 1 x 20 credit module.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-300Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Power and Protest in American Political Culture
AM-330Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20America and the Bomb
AM-331Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The American Presidency: Leadership and Power
AM-337Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20"A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall": America in the 1960s
HIH3019Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Renaissance Venice
HIH3171Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Family, Sex and Intimacy in Early Modern England
HIH3178Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20European Empires in the East. A comparative analysis
HIH3215Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Media and Society in the 1930s
HIH3216Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Prisoners of War in Twentieth Century Conflicts
HIH3301Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Welsh society in the later Middle Ages, 1267-1536 (Level 3)
HIH3318Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Invention, innovation and technological revolutions
HIH3326Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Britain since 1945
HIH3330Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Class, Community and Conflict: South Wales Industrial Society, 1800-2000
HIH396Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20From Machiavelli to Mussolini: Government and society in Western political thought
HUA300Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Rise of Brazil
HUA301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Gunfighter Nation: the West in History, Mythology and Fiction
HUA305Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Spanish Civil War - Its Origins, Course and Legacy
HUA306Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Aftermaths of War
HUA308Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Real War, Imagined War: War in Literature, Art and Cinema
HUA309Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Russian Civil War
HUP301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Religion, Science, and Superstition
HUP304Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Philosophy and the Social Sciences
MS-302Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Media, Gender and Sexuality
PO-3110Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Visions of Democracy
PO-3117Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Politics and International Development
PO-3121Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Parliamentary Studies
PO-345Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Contemporary Political Economy: Competing Perspectives on Global Capitalism
PO-392Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Contemporary Security
POA301Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Dissertation in Parliamentary Studies
AND
Special Subject 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3229Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Reign of King John 1199-1216: Misrule and Magna Carta (I)
HIH3230Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Reign of King John 1199-1216: Misrule and Magna Carta (II)
OR
 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3247Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Art and Society in Early Renaissance Italy (I): The Fine Arts
HIH3248Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Art and Society in Early Renaissance Italy (II): Patrons and Artists
OR
 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3233Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Reformation in England and Europe (i)
HIH3234Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Reformation in England and Europe (ii)
OR
 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20 Merchants & Marvels. Long-Distance Trade in the Early Modern World, 1500-1800 (I)
HIH3228Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20 Merchants & Marvels. Long-Distance Trade in the Early Modern World, 1500-1800 (II)
OR
 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3253Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Fear, Conformity and Oppression in Fascist Italy (1)
HIH3254Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Fear, Conformity and Oppression in Fascist Italy (II)
OR
 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3315Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20France in Crisis 1934-1944 Part One
HIH3316Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20France in Crisis, 1934-1944 Part Two
OR
 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3328Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Britain and the United States in the Nuclear Age I
HIH3329Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Britain and the United States in the Nuclear Age II
OR
 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3221Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Long 1968: Protest in a Global Perspective, 1960-1980 (I)
HIH3222Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Long 1968: Protest in a Global Perspective, 1960-1980 (II)
OR
 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3259Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Georgian Underworlds: Criminal Lives in Eighteenth-Century Britain (I)
HIH3260Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Georgian Underworlds: Criminal Lives in Eighteenth-Century Britain (II)
OR
 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3239Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sport and British Society (i)
HIH3240Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sport and British Society (II)
OR
 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3219Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Britain at War, 1939-45: The Home Front (I)
HIH3220Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Britain at War, 1939-45: The Home Front (II)
OR
Special Subject 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3241Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Irish Migrants in Victorian Britain (I)
HIH3242Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Irish Migrants in Victorian Britain (II)
OR
Special Subject 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3311Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Law and Justice in Medieval England, Part 1
HIH3312Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Law and Justice in the Middle Ages (II)

Description

From the Crusades to the Cold War and from Renaissance to Russian Revolutionaries, discover history in all its variety at Swansea University. Our staff are especially strong in the history of political thought, welfare and conflict, maritime and imperial history, gender and sexuality, religious history, science and medicine, and  travel and migration.

Our Politics staff are active researchers known across the globe and we teach an exciting range of topics that cover every branch of the subject across many regions of the world. Do you have ideas about how the world should be run? What values should shape global politics? Should the future be defined by religion, capitalism or communism? These are questions of Politics. If they interest you, then you interest us!

Students study six modules, three in History and three in Politics.

Entry Requirements

All applicants receive individual consideration. Our preferred offer for UK applicants is BBB-BBC at A-level including a B in History. However, flexible offers are made on review of the application form, after taking into consideration the subjects studied, predicted or achieved grades, reference and personal statement.

For candidates offering the International Baccalaureate, a typical offer would be 32-30 points. We ask for Welsh Baccalaureate plus BC at A-level. Access candidates should have 15 Distinctions and 18 Merits. Candidates studying for American qualifications should have a minimum of 550 in each part of the SAT reasoning and subject tests (or 1650 overall). We require a minimum IELT score of 6.0.

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £12,900

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

Reading materials.

There are additional costs for study abroad. Find out more here.

Student Quotes

“I graduated with a First-Class Honours History degree from Swansea University.  The modules were all very interesting and highly enjoyable with a great range available.”  

                                                                                                                                                                                                               Cath Horler


"I would thoroughly recommend the scheme to any student who wishes to develop their skills and practical understanding of working in a political environment."

Nick Jolley

Research

The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) brings together academics, postgraduates and visiting national and international scholars to create a rich and vibrant research environment geared to international excellence and impact.

Employability and Careers

93.6 per cent* of History Single and Joint Honours Graduates from Swansea University are in work and/or further study six months after graduation.

Graduating with an internationally recognised degree in History will put you in a great position to succeed in a wide range of careers. You will gain excellent oral and writing skills and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Our programmes include various forms of assessment, teamwork through seminars, tutorials and group presentations and an independent study - dissertation module. You will learn to manage your time and workload effectively. All of these skills will ensure you can compete very successfully in the employment market.

Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, recruitment, marketing, management, and heritage, working for companies such as:

  • Mercedes Benz
  • English Heritage
  • St Fagans National History Museum

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA Modern History
  • MA History
  • MA Early Modern History
  • MA Communication, Media Practice and PR

*First–degree Swansea University graduates of History. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

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