BA Honours in History and Politics

University of Westminster - Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

Program Description

BA Honours in History and Politics

University of Westminster - Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

This course allows you to study two of the most popular arts and social sciences disciplines in combination, taking half of your modules in each area.

The politics set offers you an in-depth understanding of comparative, institutional, international and theoretical approaches, while the history set gives you a firm grounding in the major developments in British and European affairs over the past two centuries.

The degree offers the combination of the theoretical and the empirical. The study of politics equips you with the analytical tools to explore and understand societies, while the history element provides a vast historical laboratory in which to test the validity of the theory.

Graduates have a wide range of research, analytical and evaluative skills, and are highly sought after by employers in education, international organisations such as the EU and the UN, media and marketing, NGOs, the Civil Service and the Foreign Office, and all sectors of industry.

Course content

The course gives you the opportunity to explore the factors which have helped shape the modern world – including war and revolution, nationalism and liberalism, democracy, socialism and fascism – from both the historical and political perspectives.

The study of history provides you with knowledge and awareness of societal, political, cultural and international events, institutions, personalities and policies, which inform the philosophical, theoretical and analytical concerns of politics.

The degree offers a range of core and optional modules, which will allow you to study the history and politics of a variety of countries and regions. You can study an elective module from across the university in each year, and also take a credit-bearing history or politics internship.

Research underpins much of our teaching, and we encourage you into a community of scholars, through teaching, which will enthuse and inspire you.

A wide range of assessments includes essays, critical analyses, documentary analyses, individual and group presentations, blogs, open and closed book exams, statistical analyses, reports and the dissertation.

Subjects of study

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Year 1 (Credit Level 4)

Subjects of study include:

  • Blood and Iron. The Making of the Modern World Part One: 1750-1914
  • British Politics
  • Conflict and Commemoration: War and Memory in Twentieth-Century Europe
  • Democracy in Crisis
  • Global Governance and the State
  • Imperial Capital, World City: London 1750-1914. Sources and Methodology

Year 2 (Credit Level 5)

Subjects of study include:

  • Civil War to Civil Rights: Race, Society and Politics in the USA 1850-1970
  • Fenians to Free State: the Making of Modern Ireland 1868-1923
  • History Internship OR Politics Internship
  • New Liberals to New Labour: British Politics 1906-2010
  • Politics and Society in the United States
  • Power and the State
  • Questioning Rights
  • Research Skills and Dissertation Preparation

Year 3 (Credit Level 6)

Subjects of study include:

  • Advance Readings in Contemporary Political Theory
  • Equality, Justice and Citizenship
  • History and Politics Dissertation
  • New World Order: a History of International Organisations in the Twentieth Century
  • Radical Democracy
  • The Armalite and the Ballot Box: a History of Twentieth-Century Irish Republicanism
  • The End of History? Crisis and Conflict since the Cold War
  • Unruly Colossus: Churchill, Politician and Writer 1874-1965

The course content is listed by year, corresponding to the full-time mode of study. If you study part-time you will study the same content, spread over five years.

Westminster electives

As part of your course you can take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

International Foundation course

We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation courses for international students who do not meet our Bachelor's degree entry requirements.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 29, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
3 years
Part time
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9,250 GBP
Home/EU: £9,250 - Overseas: £12,500
United Kingdom - London, England
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