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What makes History and Sociology at Worcester special?

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.

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. 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.

Overview

Overview

Key Features

  • A wide range of modules in British, European and World History from the 16th to 20th centuries
  • History assessment is mostly by coursework and designed to enable you to acquire skills in research, analysis and communication            
  • Course engagement with urgent and key issues facing contemporary societies           
  • Opportunities to acquire research, communication and other valued skills            
  • 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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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

104
UCAS tariff points

Entry Requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from UCAS.

Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

Mandatory

  • How to do History 
  • Applying Sociology 

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

Mandatory

  • Pathways in Sociology

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

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 Perspective
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

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

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.

Programme specification

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 Sociology.

Careers

Where could it take you?

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.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £12,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2019/20 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £102 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £165 per week (2019/20 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

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