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History and Journalism BA (Hons)

Key features of this course:

  • A wide range of History modules in British, European and World History from the 16th to 20th centuries delivered by highly experienced, supportive and expert lecturers with international research profiles
  • History assessment is mostly by coursework and designed to enable you to acquire skills in research, analysis and communication – all of which are highly valued by employers
  • Students are taught by experienced, trained and practising journalists and also benefit from an exciting programme of guest lecturers from within the industry
  • State-of-the-art facilities, including our new broadcasting suite officially opened by BBC’s Nick Owen in October 2013
  • Ready access to the nationally significant resources of Worcestershire County Archives Service, which is based in The Hive (the university library)
  • Excellent work placement opportunities, developed in collaboration with local organisations, including the BBC
  • Opportunities to gain work experience, study abroad for a semester, be involved in volunteering activities and to act as a student representative and paid ambassador


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For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for History and Journalism.

Worcester was the perfect fit for me. The course and study were relevant and really helped in terms of vocational skills. My lecturers and staff at the digital arts centre (DAC) gave me the confidence to give it a go.

Tom El-Shawk, BA Journalism graduate.

Studied as Joint Honours, these subject areas provide you with exciting opportunities to combine very different types of learning. In tandem with academic study and writing, you will be exploring the practical business of how to research and communicate what’s happening in the world, now. As you progress, you may choose to select modules that maintain a deliberately wide-ranging approach. Alternatively however, you can hone and focus in on particular topics, creating opportunities to develop extended projects that bring your own interests in both subjects closer together.

History at Worcester is designed to enable you to study the types of history that appeal to you most. Informed by cutting-edge research on key questions of our time, it offers you the opportunity to study the political, cultural and social history of Britain, Europe and the wider world from the 16th to 20th centuries. The course begins with a broad introduction to many of today’s debates surrounding history and approaches to historical study. It ends with the opportunity for you to produce a major piece of work on a topic of your choice, supported by one-to-one supervision. History provides you with opportunities to benefit directly from your lecturers’ cutting-edge research and research interests – which include, amongst many others, the Devil in Tudor and Stuart England, US propaganda in the Second World War, appeasement, the transatlantic slave trade and the home front in World Wars 1 and 2.

Journalism is vocationally focused and aims to support you to acquire the knowledge and skills that will equip you to work in today’s multi-platform media environment. You are taught by experienced, trained and still practising journalists in state-of-the-art broadcasting facilities (including new radio studios linked to a newsroom and newly refurbished TV studios). There are opportunities for work placements with local media organisations (including the BBC) and a host of guest lectures by high-profile visitors to the course. You are able to tailor your studies to focus on particular aspects of journalism (from sports journalism to political journalism) or to branch out into wider areas of media and communications. Your learning is hand-on, with an emphasis on supporting you to seek journalism and communications roles once you have graduated.

Studying History and Journalism in combination will be well worth considering if you enjoy the processes of research and communicating your research, if you are looking for a mix of academic and practical, hands-on learning, and if you are interested in the roles that historians, journalists and the media play in the formation of political understanding, social change and mass communication.

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Entry requirements

Indicative entry requirements:

104 UCAS Tariff points

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.


Study options

Full-time or part-time study available

Get in touch

Neil Fleming
Admissions Tutor, History
01905 85 5323
n.fleming@worc.ac.uk               

Claire Wolfe
Course Leader, Journalism
01905 542240
c.wolfe@worc.ac.uk

Admissions Office
01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk

Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

How to do History
Introduction to Journalism
Journalism Law and Ethics

 


Module options:

World History
The Early Modern World
Ideology and Conflict in Europe Since 1789
Reconstructing the Past
Twentieth-Century Britain: Conflict, Stability and Change
An Introduction to Media History
TV History
Introduction to Heritage
Improving English Usage and Style in Academic Writing
French Stage 1
German Stage 1
Spanish Stage 1
Italian Stage 1
Introduction to Broadcast Journalism
Introduction to Feature Writing
Internet Journalism
Introduction to Photojournalism


Year 2

Core modules:

Journalism, Law, Ethics and Society

 


Module options:

Methods and Debates in History
Politics, Religion and Society in Ireland Since 1690
Twentieth-Century USA
Religion and Society in Early Modern England, 1532 – 1660
The German Lands in the Nineteenth Century
British Women’s History, 1790 – 2000
Modern Japan, 1854 – 1951
Britain in the Long Nineteenth-Century, 1789 – 1914
From Slavery to Civil Rights: African Americans, 1860 – 1960
British Women’s History, 1900 – 2000
The German Empire, 1862 – 1918
The Victorian Century
(Re)Presenting the Past: History in Film
History Work Experience Module
The Civil Rights Movement in the USA, 1890 – 1960
Sex and Society in England, 1600 – 1900
Politics, Religion and Society in Ireland Since 1690 – 1848
Politics and Society in the Twentieth-Century Russia
Displaying the Past: Museums, Artefacts and Collections
Visions of England: History, Heritage and Identity
Heritage Tourism and Place Promotion
Magazine Journalism
Sports Journalism
Reporting Politics (1)
Developing your Media Career
Digital Reporting Techniques
Intermediate Feature Writing
Practical Journalism Skills
Digital Photography


Year 3

Core modules:

N/A

 


Module options:

Independent Study
Nationalism
The Atlantic Slave Trade
The USA and World War Two
The Home Front: Britain 1939 – 45
Martin Luther King Jr. and his Opponents
Hollywood Goes to War
Nazi Germany
Empire and Appeasement
Jack the Ripper: History, Literature and Myth
Propaganda and Politics in the 20th Century
Witchcraft
Ireland Since 1848
History Extension Module
Britain in the Global Economy
Heritage Tourism and Place Promotion
Remembrance, Memory and Memorials
Reporting Politics (2)
Work Placement
Broadcast Research Skills
Advanced Journalism (Theory and Practice)
Advanced Print Production
Negotiated Project
Live Radio News Production
Live Television News Production
Live New Production (Radio & TV)
Documentary Photography
Green Media


Employability

Employability

History graduates from Worcester have progressed in recent years to take up work in a variety of career sectors, including teaching, accountancy, law, the media industries, local government, the police, retailing, administration, marketing, management and university lecturing and research. A growing number of our graduates progress to postgraduate research in history, both at the University of Worcester and at other universities. Thus, History remains an attractive and personally satisfying degree to study, with a strong track record of supporting graduate employability in a range of professional, managerial, administrative and media-related careers.

The Journalism aspect of the course will provide you with practical skills to work as a journalist or researcher, or in related communications jobs such as those in public relations. You will be well placed to progress to postgraduate study in journalism or in a wide range of other areas. Students have found employment in the following areas: radio presenting, both local and national, media research, journalism, event organising, media planning, television, theatre, marketing, public relations, campaigns, teaching and further study.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS

History and Journalism BA (Hons) - 4Q23

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