BA Modern History and International Relations (3 year)

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Course Overview

Study a Modern History and International Relations degree and explore globalization and global institutions, development and human rights, international and regional politics, peace and conflict, political economy, security studies and strategic studies. Explore history through themes including gender, memory of war and conflict, and British social history. Be an influencer, come and join us!

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

Why study a Modern History and International Relations degree with us? 

  • International Relations is ranked Top-10 for teaching experience (Times and Sunday Times 2018), Top-20 in the Guardian University Guide 2018 and Top-20 for career prospects (Guardian University Guide 2018). History is top 30 for research (REF 2014) and has 93% Student Satisfaction (NSS 2017)
  • In addition to the themes above, you will have a wide variety of modules including democracy, international development, politics, philosophy, and war studies - conflict and peace
  • You will be taught by History research and teaching experts who specialize in the medieval, early modern and modern history of the UK, Europe and the world
  • You will have the option of a semester abroad in Hong Kong, Singapore or the USA during the second year of study to enhance your student experience and career prospects
  • You will have an academic mentor who will provide you with pastoral and academic support
  • Guest speakers will offer workshops and seminars as part of our programme
  • 94% of Graduates are employed or in further study within 6 months after graduating (DLHE 2015)
  • Our Modern History and International Relations Graduates are truly international and are employed all around the world. They have careers in education, government and politics, humanitarian organisation, business, media and public relations, law and public services. Salary scale - £20,000-£42,000
  • Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/SUHistSoc   https://twitter.com/PCS_Swansea
  • Welsh medium modules are available
  • Find out more about scholarships.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Undergraduate / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
HIH122Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Making History
PO-118Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20War and Peace in the Nuclear Age
PO-125Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20What is Politics and International Relations?
Optional Modules
AND

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Undergraduate / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
HIH237Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Practice of History
PO-203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Anarchy and Order: Theories in International Relations
PO-239Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Moralities of War and Peace
Optional Modules
AND
Optional Module Choices - History 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must select 2 modules from the list below

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-253Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20New York City: History and Culture since 1945
CY-234Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Hawliau Iaith yn y Cyd-destun Rhyngwladol
CY-236Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Amlddiwylliannedd a'r Gymraeg
HIH2001Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ancient and Historic Places (Study-Trip/Field project: History)
HIH2016Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20America in a Nutshell, A History of Pennsylvania from William Penn to Donald Trump 1631-2016
HIH2019Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Gendering the Middle Ages: Power and Exclusion
HIH202WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Credoau'r Cymry: Astudio Athroniaeth ac Athrawiaeth Gymreig o Safbwynt Rhyngwladol
HIH2069Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Crusades and the Making of Latin Christendom, 1050-1300
HIH222Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Revolutionary and Napoleonic Europe, 1789-1815
HIH226Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Post-War Reconstruction: Europe 1945 - 1956
HIH235Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Golden Age of Spain and Portugal, 1450 - 1700
HIH240Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Europe 1500-1650: Renaissance, Reformation and Religious War
HIH246Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Enlightenment and the Eighteenth-Century World
HIH253Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Welsh Century: Politics, Nationality and Religion, 1847-1947
HIH2690Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beyond Blood and Guts: Medicine from Late Antiquity to the Early Modern Period
HIH272Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Cold War
HIH273Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Deformity, Deviance and Difference: Exploring Disability History
HIH274Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Conflict & Memory: Europe in the Twentieth Century
HIH275Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Making Modern Medicine: Doctors, Patients, and Society, 1800-2000
HIH276Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Anglo-Saxon and Viking-Age England
HIH277Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Whose Past Is It Anyway? Exploring the Heritage Industry
HIH278Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Revolutionary America, 1760 - 1791
HUA206Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Contemporary Wars and Conflicts
HUA207Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Business & Entrepreneurship
HUA208Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The First world War: Politics, Society and culture in Europe 1870 - 1933
PO-256Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Genocide

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Undergraduate / 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
Optional Modules
Dissertation 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must select ONE of the following. If you select PO-3000 or PO-395, you must then select a History Special Subject in the following box.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3300Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40History Dissertation
PO-3000Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20The National Assembly for Wales
PO-395Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Dissertation (PO-325)
AND
History Special Subjects 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select either HIH3300 or a special subject module pair (part 1 and 2 of the same subject). If you have select HIH3000, you do not need to select a special subject pair.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3368Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Medieval Natural World: Environments, Explorations and Encounters (i)
HIH3369Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Medieval Natural World: Environments, Explorations and Encounters (ii)
OR
 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3353Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Devotion Piety & Power: The First Crusade & the Worlds of Latin Christendom, Byzantium & the Islamic Near East, Part 1
HIH3354Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Devotion Piety & Power: The First Crusade & the Worlds of Latin Christendom, Byzantium & the Islamic Near East, Part 2
OR
 

Choose Maximum Of 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 Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

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

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3231Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Science, Magic, and Medicine in Early Modern Europe (i)
HIH3232Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Science , Magic and Medicine in Early Modern Europe (ii)
OR
 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3304Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Great War for Empire, 1754-1764: The Americas and India
HIH3306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Great War for Empire II, 1754-1764: Europe
OR
 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3339Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Internationalism, War and Peace: Europe 1900-1933, Part I
HIH3340Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Internationalism, War and Peace: Europe, 1900-1933, Part II
OR
 

Choose Maximum Of 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 Maximum Of 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 Maximum Of 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
 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3343Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20War, Photography and Visual Culture: Britain, 1914-89 (Part 1)
HIH3345Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20War, Photography and Visual Culture: Britain, 1990-2008 (Part 2)
OR
 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3344Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Hungry World
HIH3346Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Hungry World
OR
 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3364Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20New Deal America, 1933-1939 (Part 1)
HIH3365Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20New Deal America, 1933-1939 (Part 2)
OR
 

Choose Maximum Of 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)
AND
Optional Module Choices - International Relations 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : select 1 x 20cr module if PO-395 (dissertation) or PO-3000 (National Assembly of Wales).

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE316Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Language in the Media
AM-330Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20America and the Bomb
AM-338Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Clear and Present Danger: Terrorism and America
AM-339Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Popular Music and the City
CY-353Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cyfraith Hywel
CY-358Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Y Gymraeg, Datganoli a'r Gyfraith
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 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Real War, Imagined War: War in Literature, Art, Cinema and Music
HUA309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Russian Civil War
HUP304Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Philosophy and the Social Sciences
PO-3110Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Visions of Democracy
PO-3114Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The International Politics of Space
PO-3117Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Politics and International Development
PO-3316Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Shadow Wars: US Presidents and covert action from the Cold War to Obama
PO-345Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Contemporary Political Economy: Competing Perspectives on Global Capitalism
PO-392Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Contemporary Security
AND
Optional Module Choices - History 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 1 x 20cr module Students must have A Level French to take MLF325 or MLF325W

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CY-353Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cyfraith Hywel
HIH300WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Concro'r Byd: Twf a Chwymp Ymerodraethau Prydain a Ffrainc
HIH303WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Y Rhyfel Mawr trwy lygaid y Cymry
HIH3178Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20European Empires in the East. A comparative analysis
HIH3181Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Cathars and the Albigensian Crusades
HIH3216Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Prisoners of War in Twentieth Century Conflicts
HIH3219Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Britain at War, 1939-45: The Home Front (I)
HIH3326Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Britain since 1945
HIH3335Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Infections in Global History, 1500-2000
HIH3349Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The British Atlantic World c.1550-1760
HIH3357Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Mapping Medieval Landscapes
HIH3358Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Changed Utterly? The Irish Revolution, 1912-23
HIH3361Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Vikings, Monks and Conquest: Britain in Europe, 1000-1200 A.D.
HIH3366Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cultural Encounters, Globalism and Identities From 1945
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
HUA309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Russian Civil War
MLF325Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20France and the Second World War: Legacies of the Dark Years
MLF325WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Ffrainc a'r Ail Ryfel Byd: Hanes yr Oesoedd Tywyll

Description

Our Modern History and International Relations degree offers... 

The degree structure is flexible, offering a wide-range of specialist modules that allow students to tailor their degree to their future career goals while developing their individual interests. You will be taught by innovative experts who have strong national and international links.  We offer varied and flexible course content - tailor your degree to your own interests with a variety of topics to choose from.  

Entry Requirements

Our standard entry requirement is BBB (UCAS tariff points 120) or equivalent. All offers are made following a review of the application form, predicted/achieved grades and subjects, the reference and personal statement.  We also accept a range of advanced level qualifications including: International Baccalaureate 32; Welsh Baccalaureate - grade equivalent to A-level; Access to Higher Education and Open University qualifications, and Extended Project.

International students, please visit: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/requirements For applicants whose first language is not English, we require a minimum IELTS 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 2019/20 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £15,050

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

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 chose Swansea University because it is a campus based university where there are lots of student sports clubs and societies, it is easy to get around and meet people, and the social life on campus is great. The location of the University could not be better; the proximity of the campus to the beach, the vibrant city centre and the surrounding parkland is fantastic. I chose History at Swansea as the course offers a great variation of topics and the modules are really interesting. They stretch from the ancient empires of China and India, to the Second World War. The expertise of the lecturers is second to none. I had a great time, met lots of people and enjoyed student life at Swansea. I now work in Events Management.”

Alistair Kirk


"My degree is fantastic. I have learnt so much about international relations and developed valuable essay writing skills. The IR Professors are very helpful especially when I need help as English is not my native language. I would say that so far my experience as a student in IR is self-fulfilling and very interesting and Swansea University is the right place to study this course. After graduating, I intend to study an MA in international affairs. My dream would be to work for the UN."

Salma El Hankouri


 

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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