History and Economics (BA)
History and Economics BA (Joint Honours) allows students to combine study of the past with mainstream economic theory and other optional modules.
The BA in History and Economics (Joint Honours) enables students to combine the study of the past with the opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of economic analysis.
History modules cover the period from the fall of the Roman Empire to the present day. There is a balance between modules covering specific historical periods and thematic modules that examine broad social and cultural topics, such as warfare, gender, religion, art, medicine and science.
The History side of the degree aims to develop students’ knowledge and critical understanding of the political, social, economic, and cultural structures of past societies and to cultivate intellectual skills such as the ability to assess evidence critically, to evaluate different interpretations of the evidence, to construct arguments on the basis of evidence, and to express opinions cogently in speech and in writing.
The Economics element provides students with an understanding of economic theory, in particular the organisational and managerial characteristics of the modern business enterprise. The programme aims to inform you of the main features of the UK industrial economy and the key developments in business.
You will examine government and international business policy to identify their ramifications for the development of markets and firms. You will also be introduced to subject areas outside the economics discipline with the opportunity to follow modules in business finance, marketing and other aspects of management.
The degree provides the training necessary for students who wish to study Economics or History at postgraduate level, and a valuable range of intellectual and transferable skills for students who wish to enter other professions.
|Next intake||September 2017|
|Studying in Welsh||Up to 28% of this course is available through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information|
|Typical places available||The School of History, Archaeology and Religion typically has 320 places available.|
|Typical applications received||The School of History, Archaeology and Religion typically receives 1800 applications.|
|Typical A level offer||AAB to include History. General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship are not accepted. GCSE Mathematics at grade B is required.|
|Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offer||Grades AAB from the Welsh Baccalaureate and two A-level subjects to include History. General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship are not accepted. GCSE Mathematics at grade B is required.|
|Typical International Baccalaureate offer||35 points from the International Baccalaureate, to include 5 points in Standard Level Maths plus 6 points in Higher Level History.|
|Other qualifications||Applicants will also require GCSE English grade C and GCSE Mathematics grade B. Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course|
This is a three-year degree programme comprising core modules that provide essential skills and training as well as a wide variety of optional modules for students to select from to tailor their degree to meet their interests. You will take 120 credits per year.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2017/18 academic year. The final modules will be published by July 2017.
In Year One, you take 60 credits of Economics and 60 credits of History modules.
A significant proportion of the modules included in the programme are taught by the Business School’s Economics Section though there may be the opportunity to study modules taught by other sections of the Business School.
All first-year History students take ‘History in Practice’ which introduces you to the different frameworks that underpin historical research and the many different ways of writing history, while providing training in the skills necessary to practice history at undergraduate level.
In Year Two, you take 60 credits of Economics and 60 credits of History modules.
You will learn to think independently, assess the strengths and weaknesses of a body of historical evidence for yourself, and present your findings clearly. Our friendly academic staff will be on hand to guide you and provide full and constructive feedback throughout your studies.
The Economics modules will equip students with a thorough grounding in the theory, concepts, principles and techniques of the core subject areas of the discipline: macroeconomics, microeconomics and quantitative analysis. It aims to give students a firm foundation of knowledge of the workings of the UK economy and the ability to use that knowledge in a range of contexts.
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In Year Three, you take 60 credits of Economics and 60 credits of History modules.
We provide breadth and depth of interest with a range of Economics options in the final year along with the opportunity to specialise. Some modules will have a quantitative element while others will be of a highly mathematical nature.
If you wish, you can write a dissertation on a topic of your choice in either discipline.
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How will I be taught?
We offer a supportive learning environment, where you are enabled to acquire a range of skills and a wealth of specialist knowledge. Our courses foster intellectual skills, such as critical thinking, close analysis, evaluating evidence, constructing arguments, using theory and the effective deployment of language in writing and in debate. We also help you gain experience in team working, independent research and time management.
You will be taught both by lecture and seminar. Lectures provide an overview of the key concepts and frameworks for a topic, equipping you to carry out independent research for the seminars and to develop your own ideas. Seminars provide an opportunity for you to explore the ideas outlined in the lectures.
Seminars usually consist of about 15 students and the seminar leader (a member of the teaching team). Seminars may take various formats, including plenary group discussion, small-group work and student-led presentations.
Welsh language teaching
The History side of the degree provides significant opportunities for learning and teaching through the medium of Welsh. Subject to staff availability, seminar teaching in Welsh is available on some or all of the major core courses, and at least one Welsh language option is offered in Years Two and Three. Welsh language supervision is also available for long essays (Exploring Historical Debate) and dissertations, and students may elect to write all or some of their assessed work and examinations in Welsh.
How will I be supported?
Each student is assigned a Personal Tutor in both History and Economics, with whom to discuss and reflect upon academic progress and personal development planning. As well as having regular feedback from your personal tutor in each course, you will have a reading week each semester for guided study and a chance to catch up on assessed work, reading and revision. These weeks are also used by staff to visit students on their year abroad.
You will have access through the Learning Central website to relevant multimedia material, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises and discussion circles.
The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.
You will receive feedback through formative written work, seminar discussion, written feedback on essays, essay tutorials, and Dissertation and Exploring historical Debate supervision sessions (which include oral and written feedback on bibliographies, research plans, and draft chapters).
We’ll provide you with frequent feedback in a variety of formats including oral feedback during tutorials, personalised feedback on written work, feedback lectures, generic written feedback and feedback on tutorial performance.
Coursework will be marked and you will receive written feedback. You will be given general feedback in relation to examinations following the May/June examination period and you will be able to discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor as part of the monitored student self-assessment scheme.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed largely by written examinations and coursework essays. You will also write longer essays, source criticisms, critical reviews of scholarly articles, and a dissertation, and you will give oral presentations in certain courses. The marking criteria for this work measure the extent to which you have achieved the learning outcomes for the Programme.
Progression is built into assessment, in that students do smaller guided tasks in Year one, as well as formative essays in Years Two and Three. Progression is also evident in the growing emphasis on lengthier, independent work.
What skills will I practise and develop?
You will acquire and develop a range of academic and practical skills, including both discipline specific and generic employability skills. These include:
- communicating and presenting oral and written information, arguments and ideas (both individually and as part of a team);
- using ICT and standard software packages;
- sourcing, interpreting and presenting relevant numerical information – to support the composition of projects reports and business cases;
- demonstrating and improving your interpersonal skills to enable effective team/group work;
- how to recognise, record and communicate your skills and knowledge to achieve personal/career goals;
- how to manageyour learning and performance (including time management);
- demonstrating a commitment to continuing learning and development.
School of History, Archaeology and Religion
In 2013/14, 92% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.
We believe in giving its graduates the best opportunities to find employment. We organise interactive workshops with the Careers Service to help students identify their skills and attributes and have our own, in-School Workplace Placements and employability officer. Some of our graduates enter professions which make direct use of their academic expertise. The majority however compete very successfully in a wide range of other fields.
Cardiff Business School
Our business degrees give students a broad range of skills which are valued by a range of employers in the private and public sectors. In 2013/14, 95% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation
In addition to the central University Careers Service, our students benefit from a dedicated on-site Careers and Placements service to help them find internships, job opportunities and to access business-industry specific advice, training and guidance.
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As per Cardiff University admissions policy. “Non-traditional” applicants (such as those returning to education via an Access course) might be interviewed for entry.
Both Schools benefit from having a dedicate Placements Officer who supports students with work experience opportunities both in and out of term time and careers advice.
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