For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for History and Politics.
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.
Politics addresses the fact that increasing numbers of people are turning away from party politics and finding other ways of ‘speaking out’ (through pressure groups, for example, or development of online communities, through mass protest and other forms of ‘resistance’ or civil disobedience, or through new approaches to campaigning). It is structured to provide a ‘people centred’ view of politics past and present, examining people’s struggles to change worlds and to try to get things done and how they develop their systems of government, or interact with them, to solve problems and address injustice. At the centre of all these investigations are students’ developing understandings of the workings of power in all its forms.
Both subject areas 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 working in them, career paths in teaching, the cultural industries, the media and PR, human relations and the many other sectors in which history and politics graduates find work. Volunteering opportunities with a wide variety of local organisations are available and promoted actively to students.
The majority of your learning takes place through a mixture of lectures, seminars, small group discussion and tutorials. Most assessment is by course work - in diverse forms, from essays to literature reviews, source analysis to blogs and oral presentations.
History and Politics, in combination, will be a particularly interesting prospect if your preoccupation with politics is tied to an interest in the historical formation of political ideas and understanding and attendant processes of social change.
For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification documents for History and Politics.