Modern History and Politics (BSc Econ)
History and Politics are a well established combination of subjects recognised to be complimentary.
As part of this integrated degree, you will benefit from a generous choice of optional modules on historical and political themes which are central to an understanding of public life in the modern world.
In your first year you will concentrate on core modules. In your second and final years you choose from a wide range of optional modules.
Politics as an area of study develops your knowledge and understanding of governments, governance and societies. Politics is central to our everyday lives. It explores people and power and involves drama and events of great significance both today and historically. Think of the electoral struggle between Left and Right, the power play of the Cold War, and the great enterprise of European integration. Studying for a politics degree means investigating how politics works and delves into how parliaments and governments function while also allowing you to evaluate political ideas such as power, freedom, democracy, conflict, legitimacy and accountability.
The study of history enables you to learn about the different worlds of people in the past and to better understand the present. History gives you an insight into the process of change from Ancient Greece and Rome through the Medieval period to the modern day. You may study the history of societies in diverse parts of the globe, from India and China, through Germany and France, to Britain, Wales and Cardiff. You will learn to think independently and to analyse a body of material, assess its strengths and weaknesses, and present your conclusions in well-written, lucid prose, as well as verbally.
|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.|
|Scholarships and bursaries||http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/scholarships|
|Typical A level offer||AAB including History. (General Studies is not accepted)|
|Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offer||Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma with a Grade A in the Core and grades AB at A-level, including History|
|Typical International Baccalaureate offer||Considered on individual merit|
|Other qualifications||Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Specific admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be found online.|
Please see detailed information about alternative entry requirements here.
|QAA subject benchmark|
Politics and International Relations, History
Mr Jonathan Kirkup , Course Administrator
The first year is an introductory year. It is the results of the second and final years of study that determine your degree classification. The degree is made up of compulsory modules as well as optional modules, allowing you to tailor your degree to reflect your specific interests.
A particular feature is the option of writing a dissertation in your final year. This is highly regarded by employers because it indicates that you can do original research.
The first year provides a graduated transition to studying history and politics at degree level, and offers instruction in the skills, techniques and arguments that you will use in your other courses. You can take further courses in the humanities and social sciences thereby developing the range of skills and knowledge required of the historian, and providing a broad based first year which equips you with a range of skills and knowledge.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Modern Wales||HS1104||20 credits|
|Early Modern England and Wales 1500-1700||HS1106||20 credits|
|Introduction to International Relations||PL9195||20 credits|
|Introduction to Political Science||PL9194||20 credits|
|Introduction to Globalisation||PL9197||20 credits|
|Introduction to European Integration||PL9198||20 credits|
|Introduction to Political Thought||PL9196||20 credits|
|Y Da, Drwg a'r Gwleidyddol - The Good, the Bad and the Political||PL9193||20 credits|
|Making Global Histories: Asia and the West||HS1108||20 credits|
In your second and final years you choose half your modules (in terms of credits) from Politics and half from History.
In Year 3, you take 60 credits of Politics modules and 60 credits of History modules. If you wish, you can write a dissertation on a topic of your choice in either discipline.
You will develop a range of intellectual skills: critical thinking, evaluating evidence, constructing evidence-based arguments, and presenting opinions effectively in writing and in debate. Additionally, you will gain practical skills such as team-working, independent research, and time management. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, practicals, field trips, and one-to-one tutorials. You will also undertake independent study and research, with guidance from tutors. Assessment, including coursework, exams, practical work, and oral presentations, will test the different skills you have learned.
Welsh language teaching
History 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.
Lectures provide a broad structure for each subject, introduce key concepts, and convey relevant up-to-date information. These are outlined in course syllabi.
Seminars provide an opportunity to ask questions and discuss key ideas in a small group environment. Their purpose is to assist you to integrate the information and ideas you receive from lectures and readings and to explore issues critically and in depth. Set questions and readings form the basis for discussion by directing your attention to relevant aspects of the subject matter and to various types of sources of information. Giving presentations develops your capacity to gather, organise and synthesise relevant information and ideas and to communicate these in a logical and concise manner. Tutor-led and student-led discussion hones logical skills and gives you practice in applying different concepts, theories and methods to the subject-matter at hand. It also exposes you to different interpretations of political ideas and events. Group problem-solving helps to develop collaborative skills.
Essays and examinations are used not only for assessment purposes but also as a means of developing your capacities to gather, organise, evaluate and deploy relevant information and ideas from a variety of sources in reasoned arguments. Prior advice and written feedback (for essays) are used to help you understand what is required.
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.
In 2013/14, 96% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.
Politics at Cardiff is a respected recruitment pool for a variety of employers within this sector with the Public Service Ombudsman for Wales, the Department for Education, Oxford City Council, the UK Border Agency and a range of political parties all recruiting from the last graduating year.
Outside of the political sector, the degree is of interest to employers in both the public and private sectors, with graduates taking up management training opportunities within EY, Enterprise Rent A Car, Zurich Insurance and King Worldwide.
The School of History, Archaeology and Religion admits around 260 students each year to its undergraduate degree programmes. The School of European Languages, Translation and Politics admists around 230 students each year to its undergraduate degree programmes.
QAA subject benchmark
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Politics and International Relations, History
What are the aims of this Programme?
Politics at Cardiff is an exciting, extensive and challenging academic programme which covers a broad range of areas in the study of Politics, including International Relations, Political theory, European Union, domestic political systems and public policy.
Our students can study not just Single Honours Politics, but also International Relations & Politics and Joint Honours Politics with a wide range of other subjects, including Law, Economics, Sociology, History, Languages and other Arts subjects. Further our Cardiff-Bordeaux programme, which is an innovative four-year scheme, allows students to obtain both a Cardiff Politics Bachelor's degree and a Bordeaux Politics diplomafrom the prestigious Sciences Po in Bordeaux (one of nine Instituts d'Etudes Politiques in France).
In the Politics programme we aim at
· Providing a flexible structure that facilitates a broad and balanced education in the key areas of politics
· Producing graduates with the intellectual and employability skills appropriate both for further study and for a range of working environments
· Providing opportunities for students to fulfil their academic potential, acquire research and transferable skills, maximise their career potential and achieve personal growth
· Providing students with a sound basis of knowledge, understanding and skills in the main areas of politics.
A degree in politics from Cardiff is highly respected by employers, both within the political environment and outside. Our graduates are able to demonstrate a wide portfolio of acquired skills, such as oral and written communication skills, research skills and analysis, teamwork, self-management and problem solving skills which are in demand across both public and private sectors.
History at Cardiff provides students with a critical understanding of the broad patterns of historical change, and of particular events or themes. Students therefore acquire a broad knowledge of at least two of Medieval, early Modern, and Modern History, and that provides a context for successively more specialised study in Years Two and Three. The programme is ‘research led’, in the sense that tutors do not pass on an agreed body of knowledge about the past, but provide students with the skills to assess the existing state of knowledge about a particular historical problem, its strengths and weaknesses, and understand its assumptions, frameworks, and methods. Equipped also with the skills to test hypotheses, analyse sources and present conclusions, students are able, in the final year, to produce original historical work of their own in the form of a dissertation. BA History thus provides skills that are transferable to professional employment, as well as providing a solid foundation for those who wish to move on to progressively more independent learning at masters’ and doctoral levels.
What is expected of me?
· Attend all Lectures and seminars
· Engage with all forms of in-course assessment to allow self-reflection on progress towards the learning outcomes
· Engage in independent study in addition to taught study. Increasing independence of learning is expected as the programme progresses
· To complete the required reading and self-directed study.
· Students are expected to adhere to the Cardiff University policy on Dignity at Work and Study.
How is this Programme Structured?
The first year is an introductory year. It is the results of the second and final years of study that determine your degree classification. The degree is made up of compulsory modules as well as optional modules, allowing you to tailor your degree to reflect your specific interests. A particular feature is the option of writing a dissertation in your final year. This is highly regarded by employers because it indicates that you can do original research.
Will I need any specific equipment to study this Programme?
Any equipment required will be supplied by the School.
What skills will I practise and develop?
This degree programme will allow you to develop a number of valuable skills. Students who are awarded a Single or Joint Honours Politics degree will be able to:
· Gather, organize and deploy evidence, data and information from a variety of sources;
· Develop a reasoned argument, synthesize relevant information and exercise critical judgement;
· Reflect on their own learning and make use of constructive feedback;
· Manage their own learning self-critically.
· Communicate ideas effectively and fluently, both orally and in writing;
· Use communications and information technologies for the retrieval and presentation of information;
· Work independently, demonstrating initiative, self-organisation and time-management;
· Collaborate with others and contribute to the achievement of common goals.
Students will develop a range of discipline-specific skills that employers also value. Students learn to assess critically a body of knowledge, to develop hypotheses, test them against qualitative and quantitative evidence, and present conclusions both in writing and orally. They learn to work both independently and as part of a team.
How will I be taught?
The Politics programme uses several different methods of teaching and learning. During your degree, you will attend lectures and participate in seminars. The lectures provide a broad structure for each subject, introduce key concepts, and convey relevant up-to-date information. These are outlined in course syllabi. The Seminars are kept small and usually average between 12-15 students. It provides an opportunity for students to ask questions and discuss key ideas in a small group environment. Their purpose is to assist students to integrate the information and ideas received from lectures and readings and to explore issues critically and in depth. The seminars are also designed to give students an ample opportunity to participate and to provide close contact between them and members of the academic staff.
Furthermore, the programme is delivered through students’ independent reading, preparation of essays and presentations, as well as feedback on essays and presentations by academic staff.
We also host guest lectures, as an extracurricular activity, which features visiting guest speakers, usually eminent practitioners and academics involved in various aspects of international relations and politics.
History at Cardiff is structured around the successive acquisition of the skills and knowledge that are required to produce independent research: the ability to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of an existing body of knowledge and the assumptions that underlie it, to define a problem for investigation, to investigate the problem empirically, and to present conclusions in a reasoned and coherent manner, backed by evidence. The student will be able to relate their specific study to broader historiographical and historical issues, and will possess an understanding of the limits of those conclusions.
How will I be assessed?
These programmes are assessed mainly by essays and examinations. Other forms of assessment include seminar presentations, class tests, book and article reviews, and dissertation.
Students 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)..
How will I be supported?
- Each module uses the Central Learning website, a Virtual Learning Environment at Cardiff University. Through the Central Learning site you will have access to relevant materials for the module, such as multimedia materials, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises, discussion groups, etc.
- Academic Tutors have office hours for students to meet and discuss any learning queries as well as the opportunity in seminars.
- The School has a wide programme of visiting speakers and guest lectures and students are encouraged to attend.
- There will be an opportunity for you to reflect on your progress and on the skills that you will develop through a section on the Central Learning site called Planning Personal Development.
- Furthermore, centrally the university has a range of services to support you, including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.
What are the Learning Outcomes of this Programme?
Politics programmes aim to develop in students a critical understanding of key aspects of modern politics, including International relations, domestic politics of key European states, European Union politics and political theory, along with a command of associated transferable skills.
Students who are awarded a Single or Joint Honours Politics degree will be able to:
· Identify and explain the central concepts of political science, and demonstrate familiarity with the vocabulary of political discourse;
· Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key aspects of normative and empirical Political Theory;
· Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key aspects of modern politics, including the structure and operation of selected European political systems at the national and European Union levels and international politics embracing global and regional studies;
· Demonstrate particular expertise in Political Theory and/or European Politics and/or international relations in the case of Joint Honours students, and in the case of Single Honours students: for Political Theory this means a critical understanding of key ideas selected from the history of political thought and contemporary political theory; for European politics this means a critical understanding of the structure and operation of selected European political systems at the national, European and/or regional level, along with an awareness of the social, economic and cultural contexts of political behaviour and theoretically-informed views of the factors that account for political change; for international relations this means a critical understanding of the nature of the international system and of global power structures, with main foci in terms of agencies such as States, International Organisations and other Transnational actors, along with an awareness of international political theories;
· Appreciate the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge;
· Apply different concepts, theories and methods to the analysis of political ideas, institutions and behaviour;
· Examine and evaluate different interpretations of political issues and events;
· Make use of contemporary research, such as articles in refereed journals.
Graduates from this programme will be able to:
- demonstrate critical understanding of the past through study of historians’ work (historiography) and of source material;
- demonstrate knowledge of the diversity of human history across a wide geographical and chronological range;
- identify patterns of change and to locate detailed examination of particular themes, episodes and events within them;
- demonstrate a general understanding of the various approaches adopted by historians to the study of the past and give a critical appraisal of their relevance to the study of particular periods and themes;
- develop a reasoned, coherent, argument about specific problems, deploying appropriate evidence, and demonstrating awareness of the limits of their knowledge;
- achieve the above objectives both independently and as part of a team;
- produce a major piece of research of their own (dissertation);
- demonstrate understanding of debates concerning the place of history in contemporary society.
· the emphasis on practical research skills that will benefit you throughout your career
· the emphasis placed on independent learning in a supportive environment
· Further information on schemes, modules, teaching methods and assessment can be found on the Politics website.
Mr Jonathan Kirkup , Course Administrator
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