You can study French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as part of, or alongside, your course.
In your first year, you will be introduced to the key themes in modern history through two broad-ranging survey modules which will take you, chronologically, from the American and French revolutions of the eighteenth century, through European history in the nineteenth century, the First and Second World Wars of the twentieth century, to the post-1945 world.
You will also take a module on modern American history, a more focused learning experience; the United States, 1914-1945, in addition being a very important aspect of modern history, is designed to give you a good sense of the approach we take to teaching and learning in Years 2 and 3 of the degree programme.
We also seek to sharpen your study skills so that you can give of your best in degree-level study. Finally, the first year is when you will be introduced to the concept of historiography (essentially, the history of the history-writing of an event) through the study of some of the great controversies and debates of modern history.
In sum, by the end of your first year you will have acquired a broad knowledge of the major themes in modern history, have a good grounding in historiography, and have developed the study skills to help you succeed in the remainder of your degree programme.
Turning to your second and third years, you now get to choose from a range of modules on modern history, British, European and global; in addition, you have the option to undertake an Extended Essay – an in-depth piece of work which not only allows you to focus intensively on a topic of your choice but provides good preparation for the longer and more challenging final-year dissertation.
The Modern History team has four guiding aims: to provide you with a high quality learning experience that will help you develop an appreciation of the richness of History as a subject to offer you a stimulating and engaging range of History modules to challenge you intellectually by offering a programme of study that progresses in terms of depth and complexity over the three years of your degree to help you enhance your analytical, interpretative, research, presentational, communication and ICT skills not only to help you succeed as an undergraduate but to provide you with a portfolio of transferable skills to draw on in forging what we hope will be a successful and fulfilling post-university career.