History and International Relations (BA): 3-year, full-time

Year of entry

2017

Start date

October 2017

Location

Central London

Status

Fully Approved

UCAS Code

VL1F

Duration

Three years full-time

Attendance

Three to four evenings a week, October to June

This programme meets the rising demand to study the history of the 20th century alongside international relations. It is a joint degree, offered by our Department of History, Classics and Archaeology and our Department of Politics, so you will be taught by world-class academics across two research-active departments. The course examines the global evolution of international relations, with an emphasis on in-depth historical studies supported by political and sociological analysis.

You will take introductory modules in international relations and modern and contemporary history (particularly related to Asia and Africa) in the first part of your degree. You will then take modules that offer both contemporary and historical approaches to Africa, Middle East, Asia (South Asia and East Asia in particular), as well as European countries. These choices are supported by a compulsory advanced module addressing conflict and war through the lens of international relations theory, as well as optional modules on foreign policy and historical studies of cases which have been central to the development of international relations such as the Cold War.

This course is also available for part-time evening study over four years.

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Why study this course at Birkbeck?

  • Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 11th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2015-16 World University Subject Rankings.
  • Our Department of History, Classics and Archaeology is a world-renowned centre of original, influential research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), History at Birkbeck was ranked sixth in the UK for the percentage of our research deemed world-leading or internationally excellent. 94% of our eligible staff submitted research and we achieved 100% for a research environment supporting world-leading and internationally excellent research.
  • Birkbeck is also a distinguished centre of research and teaching excellence in politics. Our Department of Politics is over 40 years old and has a reputation for the excellence of its teaching and its internationally significant research.
  • Our academic staff are international authorities in their respective fields, delivering stimulating teaching.
  • Our wide-ranging programmes encompass fascinating periods and areas of study, from human prehistory through to classical civilisation, the medieval and early modern periods, and on to 21st-century history, politics and international relations.
  • Our courses are designed to encourage independent thinking and hone your argumentative, analytical and critical skills, while our teaching uniquely moves across the boundaries between subjects, encompassing, among others, economics, history and sociology.
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Course structure

This course consists of modules of 30 credits each and you must complete modules worth a total of 360 credits.

There are three kinds of module: compulsory Level 4 modules in core skills; Level 5 option modules which develop knowledge across broad areas of study; and Level 6 option modules which provide focused study on advanced topics. You take a balance of modules between the two disciplines - History and Politics - or focus on either one of the disciplines at Level 6.

    In Year 1, you take two History option modules and two compulsory Politics modules.

        In Year 2, you take a compulsory module and a Level 5 option module from both disciplines.

            In Year 3, you take a compulsory Politics module, a Level 6 History module and a further two Level 6 option modules from either discipline.

             

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              Year 1 compulsory modules

              Year 2 compulsory modules

              Year 3 compulsory module

              Indicative Level 4 option modules

              Indicative Level 5 option modules

              Indicative Level 6 option modules

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