During your third year, you’ll have the chance to choose from a range of modules as you develop your historical knowledge and skills. Experience visual, oral, material and archival research – undertaking interviews with living witnesses, examining visual sources and delving into original sources. You can also take the opportunity to study in the USA for up to a year.
Optional modules are available this year, but may be subject to change in subsequent years.
HIST505 Middle Kingdoms: Themes in Early Modern Asia (China, India, Japan, and/or Korea)
This module introduces themes in early modern Asian history (c.16th-19th centuries). At one level, it explores key questions shaping the histories of the Mughal Empire, the Qing Empire, Tokugawa Japan, and/or the Joseon Kingdom. Building on these questions, it then develops a comparative analysis of selected topics from a trans-regional perspective, an example of early globalisation emanating from Asia's middle kingdoms.
HIST506 The European Reformations
This module is an examination of causes, processes and results of the religious Reformations, Protestant and Catholic, in sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Europe, including the British Isles. Emphasis will be on the evaluation of primary sources and on historiographical debate.
HIST509 America Since 1900
This module is an introduction to major themes in the political, social, economic, business and cultural history of the United States since 1900.
HIST511 Heritage and Public History
The module content will examine the theory and practice of the presentation of the past to public audiences. In it, students will examine the creation, nature, use and understanding of heritage and public history, nationally and internationally. They will examine these issues in case studies of historical `sites¿ of different types, to gain a critical awareness and understanding of the theories and controversies surrounding heritage and public history. This is a work facing module, where students will consider the theory and practice of `using¿ `sites¿ of heritage and public history from the point of view of a range of stake holders.
HIST513 Royal Navy in the Age of Sail, 1545-1815
This module examines the royal navy and the development of British naval power between 1545 and 1815. Beginning with the sinking of the Mary Rose in 1545 this module explores changing role of the navy and sea power in defence to the end of the Napoleonic wars in 1815. This module also investigates the logistics, technological changes and social history of the navy in this period.
HIST515 Other Voices - Marginalisation in Early Modern Europe
This course explores the ways in which early modern society confronted difference, and constructed its norms and mores. We will consider the role of religion, race, class, and gender in early modern Europe through the study of those groups who found themselves on the outside.
HIST517 The Longest War: Britain, Ireland & the Troubles 1949-2006
This module looks at the complex relationship between Britain and Ireland in the later part of the twentieth century up to present day. It has a special focus on the conflict in Northern Ireland. Students will look the impact of the Troubles on both societies; and study in depth the peace process.
HIST519 Tudor and Stuart Britain
This module examines the political, social and cultural history of Britain from 1485 to 1660, a vibrant and exciting period that witnessed significant developments: the growth of the state; major religious and political upheavals; increased education and literacy; the advent of print and popular politics; exploration and new ways of understanding the world.
HIST520 Global Cold War: Politics, Culture and Society
This module is an introduction to major themes in the political, social and cultural history of the modern world with special focus on the 20th century and the Cold War.
HIST523 The Peculiar Institution: Enslavement in North America, 1619-1865
This module will examine the ways in which Africans and their descendants responded to their enslavement in British North America and the United States. It will do this through analysing a variety of primary sources and examining key historiographical debates
HIST524 From Company Rule to Independence: Colonial India, 1757-1947
This module explores the major themes that influenced culture, politics and society in colonial India between the middle of the eighteenth century and Partition in 1947. British perspectives on what India was 'really like' and how it should be reformed during this period were central to the development of a broad range of issues, including criminal justice, religion, and medicine.
HIST525 Culture and Society. Britain c.1760 -1914
The module content will examine key selected themes in the culture and society of Britain c.1760 ¿ 1901. In it, students will examine primary sources such as pamphlets, books and visual material, to gain a critical awareness and understanding of aspects of British culture and society in this period which may include the duel, capital punishment, mourning cultures, gambling, popular science, culinary cultures, race.
HIST526 Dunkirk to D-Day: The Second World War in Europe
The module examines the Second World War in Europe and the Atlantic Ocean from 1940 to late 1944