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History and Sociology BA (Hons)

Key features of this course:

  • A wide range of 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
  • Course engagement with urgent and key issues facing contemporary societies, with a particular focus on matters of social division, social inequality and identity
  • Encouragement to pursue original thought and ideas, with the seminar room providing opportunities for sustained discussion and debate
  • Opportunities to acquire research, communication and other skills that are highly valued by employers and to develop your capacity for analysis and critical thinking
  • Ready access to the nationally significant resources of Worcestershire County Archives Service, which is based in The Hive (the university library)
  • 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 Sociology.

Studied together, History and Sociology provide engrossing opportunities to investigate the origins, development and organisation of people’s social, cultural and political lives. They root understanding of the present in historical, contextual understanding of how societies have developed and been understood over time.

As you progress, you may choose to select modules that maintain a deliberately wide-ranging approach. Alternatively however, you can hone in on particular topics, creating opportunities to develop extended projects that bring your interests in both courses 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.

Sociology at Worcester focuses on issues at the heart of any understanding of the modern world – from social welfare to the criminal justice system, from home, work and careers to gender and ‘race’, from the environment to health and illness. Sociology teaching takes place through a combination of thought-provoking lectures, interesting seminar discussions, helpful tutorials and student-directed learning. As you progress through your studies you are increasingly able to focus on areas of particular interest to you and you are encouraged to pursue original thought and ideas. Throughout, you will be addressing urgent and key issues facing people in contemporary societies.

Both subject areas offer their undergraduates lively subject cultures and numerous extra-curricular events, from visits to Worcester Crown Court, to seminars on Worcester and the English Civil War, to opportunities to get involved in staging academic conferences (the 2014 national Women’s History Network Conference, for example). They also aim to support your understanding of the range of opportunities that could be available to you on graduation. To this end, you can undertake work placements as part of your formal study, explore opportunities for postgraduate study and investigate, with those who are already following them, career paths in teaching, the cultural industries, the media and PR, youth and social work, human relations and the many other sectors in which history and sociology graduates find work.

Studying History and Sociology in combination will be well worth considering if you enjoy the processes of research and communicating your research, and if you are interested in the roles that these disciplines play in social and political understanding and change.

Factfile

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

Dr Athanasia Chalari
Admissions Tutor, Sociology
01905 855307
a.chalari@worc.ac.uk

Admissions Office
01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk

 

Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

How to do History
Applying Sociology 

 


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
Approaching the Crisis: 21st Century Sociology
On TV and Online: The Small Screen and the Active Audience
Family Lives
Origins of Sociological Thought
Democracy? The Story of an Ideal
Welfare For All? The Story of a Dream


Year 2

Core modules:

Pathways in Sociology

 


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 (A)
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 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
Sociology Research Design & Methods
Approaching Sociological Research
Constructions of Crime: Media Representations and Policy Debates
People at Work: Sociological Perspectives
Campaign Power - People, Pressure Groups and Social Debates
Housing, Housing Problems and Homelessness
Consuming Lives
'Race' and Ethnicity in Contemporary Britain


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
Response to Crime: The Justice Process
Pornography and Modern Culture
History of Sexuality
Body & Society
Sociology of the Individual
'Race', Ethnicity and Education
Education and The Sociological Imagination
Risk Society
Constructing Emotions: Social / Political Perspectives


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.

A degree in Sociology is a gateway to many careers, especially jobs that involve managing and communicating with people, thinking out solutions to problems, and understanding the diverse society in which we live. Our graduates have an excellent employment record and have taken up a variety of careers, including careers in housing, the probation service, youth work, caring professions, social services, the police, business and personnel management, public relations, media, marketing, and teaching. In order to help you reflect, plan and work on your career and progression aspirations, Sociology provides a number of opportunities for you to discuss and develop them.

How to apply

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History and Sociology BA (Hons) - VL13

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