BA Modern History and International Relations (3 year)

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Course Overview

The Modern History and International Relations programme covers the history of the British Isles, Asia and the Americas and provides students with a detailed understanding of the international political system, key issues and an appreciation of the global dynamics at work.

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

  • Modern History includes the study of political, social, cultural and military aspects of history.
  • Students can take a study trip or field project module focusing on a specific region or place to investigate historical problems in their original topographical context.
  • Modern History and International Relations students can have a semester abroad in Hong Kong and the USA.
  • 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.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
HIH121Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Europe of Extremes: 1789 - 1989
HIH122Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Making History
HIH124Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Modern British 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

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / 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
Optional Module Choices 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select TWO modules from TB1 and ONE module from TB2

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE218Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Discourse Analysis
AM-245Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20John F. Kennedy and America
AM-251Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20America in Crisis: Political Culture and Society from the Tet Offensive to the Tea Party
AM-253Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20New York City: History and Culture since 1945
HIH2001Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ancient and Historic Places (Study-Trip/Field project: History)
HIH2016Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20A History of Pennsylvania, Quakers, Colony and Commonwealth, 1631-2010
HIH201WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Rhyfel Cartref America
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
HIH227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Medieval Britain 1250-1461
HIH235Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Empire and Inquisition: Spain, Portugal and the World, 1450-1700
HIH240Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Europe 1500-1650: Renaissance, Reformation and Religious War
HIH246Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Enlightenment and the Eighteenth-Century World
HIH253Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Welsh Century: Politics, Nationality and Religion, 1847-1947
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
HIH2690Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beyond Blood and Guts: Medicine from Late Antiquity to the Early Modern Period
HIH272Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Cold War
HIH273Semester 1 (Sep-Jan 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
HUP201Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Fundamental Issues in Moral and Political Philosophy
MS-219Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Studying Digital Media
PO-219Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Global Political Economy: From Mercantilism to Neoliberalism
PO-232Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Empire Strikes Back: War, Strategy and the Use of Force in the Post Cold War Era
PO-235Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Global Justice and Human Rights
PO-256Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Genocide

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 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
International Relations Dissertation 

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
History Dissertation 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select EITHER HIH3300 History Dissertation or a special subject. You cannot select HIH3300 if you have already selected PO-395 above.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3300Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40History Dissertation
OR
History Special Subjects 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select EITHER HIH3300 History Dissertation OR a pair of special subjects. You cannot take HIH3300 if you are already taking PO-395

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)
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)
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)
HIH3239Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sport and British Society (i)
HIH3240Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sport and British Society (II)
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)
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
HIH3311Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Law and Justice in Medieval England, Part 1
HIH3312Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Law and Justice in Medieval England - Part 2
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
HIH3343Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20War & Photography: Britain, 1914-89 (Part 1)
HIH3344Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Hungry World
HIH3345Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20War & Photography: Britain, 1914-89 (Part 2)
HIH3346Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Hungry World
HIH3353Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Armies of Heaven: the First Crusade and its Historians, Part I
HIH3354Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Armies of Heaven: the First Crusade and its Historians, Part II
HIH3355Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Crucible of Defeat: Wessex in the Ninth and Tenth Centuries 1
HIH3356Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Crucible of Defeat: Wessex in the Ninth and Tenth Centuries 2
HIH3359Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Towns and Cities in Modern Britain Part 1
HIH3360Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Towns and Cities in Modern Britain part 2
AND
Optional Module Choices 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 1 x 20cr module

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE316Semester 2 (Jan - Jun 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
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 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Cathars and the Albigensian Crusades
HIH3215Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Media and Society in the 1930s
HIH3216Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Prisoners of War in Twentieth Century Conflicts
HIH3319Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20A History of Violence
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 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Vikings, Monks and Conquest: Britain in Europe, 1000-1200 A.D.
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
MLF325Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20France and the Second World War: Legacies of the Dark Years
MLF325WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ffrainc a'r Ail Ryfel Byd: Hanes yr Oesoedd Tywyll
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-3121Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Parliamentary Studies
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
POA301Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Dissertation in Parliamentary Studies

Description

Students study six modules, three modules in Modern History and three in International Relations.

Entry Requirements

Our standard entry requirement is BBB or equivalent but a typical offer could be BBB-ABB (UCAS tariff points 120-168), as 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 BTEC Diploma DMM-DDM; International Baccalaureate 32-33; 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 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £14,050

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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