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Study options

Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: 4-6 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

120 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code

V100

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

This course is available as a Joint Honours degree.

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If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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Course description

History is a subject for anyone with a sense of curiosity and a desire for a deeper understanding of the world around them.

Top25for History**Guardian University Guide 2020
Why you should study History at the University of Derby

In a unique project, you will inspire others by organising and marketing a public history conference and presenting your research to a wider audience. Topics explored at this conference have included the experience of British prisoners-of-war during the First World War, the fight against the Apartheid regime in South Africa, and gay riots in 1960s America.

At our 2014 Public History Conference, students attracted TV and radio coverage with their thought-provoking papers on forgotten aspects of the Great War. They will now see their work in print as published scholars: the conference proceedings are set to be published by an academic publishing house.

Inspirational projects

You will use your research and creative skills to interpret the past for the benefit of the wider community. We provide exciting opportunities for projects involving international arts and heritage organisations, including work placements.

Among current initiatives, our students have worked with Derbyshire County Record Office to encourage young people to take a greater interest in archives and with The National Brewery Centre Museum.

Explore history outside the classroom

We offer study visits and fieldtrips to bring your learning to life. You will explore the practical and intellectual applications of history in museums, art galleries, country houses, parks and heritage sites.

Recent visits have taken us to the Imperial War Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the city of Chester and the urban heartland of Manchester. And, of course, Derbyshire is the ideal location to study history - with its rich industrial past and thriving heritage industry, including a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Study in America

You can choose to study part of your degree at one of our partner universities in America

Combine History with another subject - find out more about our joint honours degrees. Or consider our Integrated Masters in History where you can combine both undergraduate and postgraduate study.

What you will study

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Code: 4HY500

Britain in the Age of Innovation, 1790-1914

The nineteenth century was a period of significant social, cultural, political and economic change. This module explores the causes and consequences of these changes form the late eighteenth century through to the outbreak of the First World War.

These will include an examination of the impact of conflict and the development of the British Empire and social, cultural and political life in Britain. It will consider the wide reaching consequences of the growing importance of technology and industry. The government-led reforms of the period in terms of enfranchisement, education, health and work (amongst others) will also be debated.

The module also considers the cultural history of the period, including an exploration of the literature, art, and architecture of the nineteenth century, the development of scientific and philosophical ideas and their impact both in Britain and overseas, and the changing nature of religion and beliefs. Throughout, the traditional view of nineteenth century Britain and Britons is questioned and challenged and the extent to which the period really was an age of positive innovation for all is debated.

 

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Historical Methods and Sources (PDP)

The module introduces you to the study of history at undergraduate level. It outlines the challenges you will encounter in studying and writing about the past, and equips you with the requisite skills of the discipline. You will acquire an understanding of the nature and variety of history and historical inquiry. There is discussion of the methodology and aims of history.

The module allows you to analyse such topics as objectivity, specialisation, narrative, the relationship of History to other disciplines, and the public role of the historian. There is discussion of the role played by journalists, both as witnesses to historical events and as writers of history.

You will engage with debates concerning biography, contemporary history, Marxist historical analysis, the possibility of ‘total’ history and the influence of postmodernism. You will consider issues in historiography through the examination of a case study, concentrating upon an area of historical controversy.

You will gain an understanding of competing theoretical approaches, thus encouraging your conceptual development. The module examines the principal sources available to you as researchers, enabling you to appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of different types of historical evidence. The module looks at practical applications of historical knowledge and skills, highlighting the vast range of potential careers open to graduates in history and other related disciplines.

 

 

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20 Credits
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Code: 4HY502

Reaction, Reform and Revolution: Russia 1825-1924

In this module you will study major themes affecting Russian history throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. You will discover how, following Napoleon’s defeat, Russia reached a peak of power and prestige in Europe and took a leading role in the Congress System of political alliances only to be outstripped by the western powers due to an inability to modernise. You will study the expansion of the Russian Empire into the Caucasus and Central Asia, and the impact of the Crimean War which resulted in an interplay of reform, reaction and revolution, both in European Russia and in partitioned Poland.

You will also investigate the nature of the atavistic and nationalist discourse concerning the organisations, political systems and especially the role of the Orthodox Church and faith, as they impacted upon the Russian and non-Russian peoples of the Russian Empire, which predated Red October. One particular feature of the module will be an analysis and discussion of the burgeoning civil society and democratic institutions that were developing in Russia before 1917.

In studying this module you will also pay particular attention to the contrasting traditionalist, liberal and revisionist interpretations of life, culture, society and politics in Russia between the 1820s and 1924.

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Code: 4HY503

Religion Empire and Ideas: Making of British Identity, 1485-1789

In this module, you will consider the changes that took place in Britain in the move from the medieval period to beginnings of the ‘modern’ age. Through the module factors that may have helped to develop a sense of ‘Britishness’ will be considered, including war, overseas expansion, monarchy, and government.

The development of new ideas will also be highlighted, especially the impact of the Renaissance in Britain and the growth of Enlightenment ideologies. Alongside these secular philosophies, religion continued to play a central part in the day-to-day life of most people in the British Isles, and you will study how it had an impact not only on individual’s personal beliefs but also on how the nation was governed and local communities managed. The social and cultural histories of the time period will also be studied, looking at the growth of towns, labour and leisure, and the development of art and literature in this time period.

The early modern period was the time when Britain witnessed reformation and regicide, was the home of Shakespeare and the Scientific Revolution, and saw the beginnings of the Enlightenment and the British Empire. In this module, you will explore how these events shaped Britain and debate whether they led to the making of a British identity.

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Code: 4HY504

Renaissance and Englightenment : Europe, 1453-1789

This module will introduce you to European history from the end of the Middle Ages to the French Revolution. You will survey the key social, cultural, political and economic developments of this period and ask how they changed Europe.

The module will begin with an examination of the European Renaissance, questioning to what extent Europe underwent radical social and cultural changes during this period. The Reformation and Counter-Reformation will be used to examine the role of religion and politics in early modern Europe.

The second part of the module will examine theories of absolutism in the seventeenth and eighteenth century as well as the impact of the European Enlightenment on the way people thought and societies were ordered.

This will be concluded with an analysis of the origins of the French Revolution of 1789, often taken as the beginning of ‘modern history’. The module will be assessed by a combination of primary source analysis and an essay.

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20 Credits
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Code: 4HY505

Romanticism and Revolution: Europe 1789-1914

This module will cover a period of great revolutionary upheaval in Europe. Beginning with the French Revolution of 1789 and the changes brought about by Napoleon Bonaparte, it will trace the development of nationalism and liberalism across the continent.

The revolutions of 1848 will provide an example of the immense historical dynamics that converged in the nineteenth century, with a diverse set of outcomes. Surveying the second half of the ‘long nineteenth century’, you will then explore how nationalism fed into the creation of nation-states in Germany and Italy, how nationalist ideas collided with alternative political ideologies, and how national rivalries turned into World War.

The module will also introduce you to the major social and cultural developments of the period. The module will be assessed by a combination of seminar participation, a presentation, and an essay.

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20 Credits
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Code: 5HY505

Public History: Marketing and Presenting the Past

This module enables you to undertake a piece of collaborative research, culminating in the writing and delivery of a conference paper. You will contribute to the publicity for the conference through a variety of formats, which may include posters, leaflets, and websites.

The module will develop your academic skills as well as highlighting essential transferable skills, such as teamwork, thus enhancing employability. Through preparation for the conference, you will be encouraged to establish links with both local and national archives and with organisations in the heritage industry.

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20 Credits
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Code: 5HY506

Research Project

This module will enable you to develop your research skills. It will provide an advanced understanding of research methodology. The Project will provide experience in the construction of an extended piece of academic writing, whilst enhancing your ability to bring critical judgement to bear on a range of sources and texts. It will give instruction in research methods. The module will prepare you for the greater emphasis on independent learning at level 6.
20 Credits
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Code: 5HY509

Contemporary Issues in the Creative and Cultural Industries

This module will give you an opportunity to experience what it is like to work in the creative and cultural industries. Working closely with an external organisation or business in the creative and cultural industries for a minimum of 30 hours, you will consider real-life challenges facing the organisation and collaboratively devise a solution for these challenges, applying the academic and transferable skills you have acquired in a real-world situation.

You will be part of a small group, conducting research into the organisation, considering the needs of various stakeholders and thinking about how these can be balanced against each other in finding a solution to the challenge you have been presented with. In the end, you will present the solution you have devised to a panel of experts in a professional pitch.

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20 Credits
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Code: 5HY500

Behind Closed Doors: Gender and Sex, 1685-1870

This module explores the roles, representations and responsibilities between men and women in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Focusing primarily on the experiences in Britain, you will use a wide range of primary and secondary sources in order to examine gender relationships, the ways that men and women were portrayed in literature and art, and how patterns of acceptable behaviour changed over the time period. The importance of rank and class in defining gender roles will be explored, and the extent to which access to leisure, politics or employment was limited by gender will be discussed.

The creation of ‘ideals’ of masculinity and femininity in conduct literature, religious writings and scientific texts will also be explored. The nature of sexual relations in the time period will be examined, exploring marriage, extramarital relationships, homosexuality, cross dressing and chastity. Throughout, the question of whether men and women lived in ‘separate spheres’ during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries will be debated.

 

 

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Code: 5HY501

Close Encounters: European Imperialism and Decolonization, 1757-1960

On this module, you will explore the historical factors behind the rise and fall of European overseas empires in the late eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The module will compare how different imperial powers – Britain, France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Portugal – constructed their Empires, how they approached issues of race, gender and social status in ruling them, and how they lost control over their imperial possessions after the Second World War.

A particular focus of the module will be on intercultural contact, but you will also examine a variety of other approaches to imperial and world history, looking at imperial trade and economics, the impact of imperialism on European culture, the growth of Asian and African nationalism, and the role played by Empire in global conflicts. The module will be assessed through a poster with a reflective commentary, as well as an essay.

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20 Credits
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Code: 5HY502

European Cultural Identities and Ethnic Minorities

Since the end of the Cold War, the impact of migration, displacement and minority cultures and peoples within the space of larger multicultural states, has become an issue of crucial importance to our understanding of European history and the contemporary European political scene. As such, the impact and ramifications of different and competing cultural identities and ethnic minorities constitute one of the greatest challenges for Europe at the beginning of twenty-first century.

In this module, you will examine some of the currents of identity formation and their impact upon politics, and you will examine the formation of cultural identity on both macro and micro levels, within selected communities of Europe today.

 

 

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Code: 5HY503

Goodbye Lenin: The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union

This module will introduce you to the history of the Soviet Union, from its rise in the aftermath of revolution and civil war to its eventual break-up in the face of economic weakness and cultural and political discontent in the late 1980s. Emphasis will be placed on the role of Lenin in the creation of the USSR and the rise to power of Stalin; the impact of industrialisation, collectivisation and Stalinist repression, followed by the traumatic events on Soviet society of the Great Patriotic War.

Against the background of the Cold War, you will study: post-war Stalinism; Khrushchev’s rise to power and the arms race, followed by an assessment of the Brezhnev era and an analysis of the attempts to liberalise the Soviet regime under Mikhail Gorbachev in the second half of the 1980s, during which time flaws in the regime became all too apparent.

 

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20 Credits
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Code: 5HY504

The Making of Modern Medicine

Most of us experience sickness at some time and have to seek help from medical professionals and can therefore appreciate the life-changing significance of medical ideas and treatments. The history of medicine has, in recent years, produced considerable exciting work and this course introduces some of the theories, sources, and methods employed by historians and others to study the subject.

Focusing upon the period between 1700 and 1950, it combines historical analysis with themes emphasising the importance of wider developments in British and international medical history.

Examples are drawn from different periods and the course underscores the interdependency of theory, written sources and clinical practices using a wide range of sources including institutional records, medical textbooks, photographs, cartoons and other artwork, private memoirs, clinical drawings, diagrams, and medical equipment.

 

 

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20 Credits
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Code: 5HY507

Society, Culture and Politics in the First World War

The module examines the impact of the First World War upon society, culture and politics in Europe. It also addresses the extent to which imperial rivalry ensured that a conflict between the European Great Powers became a truly global conflict.

The module covers the War’s impact on social attitudes, such as its influence on the campaign for women’s rights. It discusses the War’s role in driving political and economic change. There is a discussion of the War’s effects on social structures and the extent to which it transformed the relationship between citizen and state.

The experience of fighting is examined, covering issues such as soldier morale and the psychological impact of modern warfare. The cultural legacy of the conflict is assessed, including the language and rituals that arose from the process of remembrance and mass bereavement. There is engagement with debates on the definition of Total War and comparison with later conflicts, particularly the Second World War.

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20 Credits
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Code: 5HY508

Triumph of the Dark: Europe Between The Wars 1918-1939

This module will examine the most important instances of change and continuity in European, including British, history between the First and the Second World War. You will look at the long-term impact of the First World War on European politics, culture, society and economics, leading into a discussion of some of the major crises of the interwar period, such as hyperinflation and the Depression.

The module will go on to analyse to what extent these crises led to the spread of new ideologies, such as fascism and communism across much of Europe, and how these ideologies came into conflict with each other. We will also analyse how these ideologies changed European societies and culture. The module will be assessed by a combination of essay, seminar participation, and presentation.

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20 Credits
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Code: 6HY500

Beyond Opium and Takeaways: China and the World Since 1839

Over the past decades, the People’s Republic of China has become one of the most important international players. In this module, you will study the history of China’s relations with the rest of the world since the Opium Wars of the mid-nineteenth century.

Examining politics, culture, economics, and societies, you will explore and challenge a range of different ideas and myths about China and Chinese history, furthering your understanding of Chinese history and culture beyond simplistic stereotypes and placing it within its global context. You will analyse the impact of European imperialism on China and China’s role in international conflicts, but also focus on the importance of intercultural contact between China and the West, ranging from the rise of Shanghai as a modern, cosmopolitan metropolis during the 1920s to the emergence of Chinatowns and Chinese restaurants in North America and Western Europe.

Finally, the module will examine China’s position in the twenty-first century, its rapid economic growth, as well as some of the domestic and international challenges it is facing. The module will be assessed by a combination of seminar participation, presentation, and an essay.

 

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20 Credits
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Code: 6HY501

British Country Houses and Their Families

This module will introduce you to the history of British country houses and their families, using a thematic and multidisciplinary approach. The architectural history of the buildings will be considered, as well as the development and management of their gardens and estates. The ways that people used the houses in the past will also be examined, especially their roles as family homes, places of employment, centres of economy and bases of political power.

Changing attitudes towards the country house and the aristocracy will also be considered and their representations in art and literature assessed. The module will also encourage you to think about the modern functions of country houses and their families, especially their roles in the heritage industry and in contemporary rural society.

 

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Code: 6HY502

Continuity and Change in Contemporary Britain

This module examines the evolution of contemporary British society and politics, through a study of key themes and debates in the history of Britain since 1951.

This will involve the discussion of issues such as the evolution of the Welfare State; the basis of the postwar political consensus; Britain's economic performance; British identity, nationalism and devolution; the impact of changing social and cultural attitudes in the 1960s and 1970s; immigration and the development of a multi-cultural society; and the impact of Thatcherism.

The module will also consider the challenges which have faced Britain as a consequence of her retreat from world power. There will be an assessment of Britain's handling of the transition from Empire to Commonwealth, a consideration of Britain's attitude towards European integration and her relationship with the United States.

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Code: 6HY503

France: Conflict and Society, 1940-1962

In this module, you will explore the changing nature of French culture, politics, and society between the outbreak of the Second World War and Algerian independence in 1962; a period of continuous conflict, during which France was fundamentally transformed, from a weak and declining power in the 1930s to its position of economic power after the ‘thirty glorious years’ of economic growth, prosperity, and modernity.

Throughout most of the period under consideration, the right or centre-right held power in France, although it would be harried by a reformist social democratic Left and the French Communist Party with its fellow-travellers.

Indeed, some historians have advocated that modern France has been in a state of virtual civil war, frequently referred to as les Guerres Franco-françaises, that have consistently surfaced at varying levels of extremes. Examples are provided by the seemingly perpetual conflict between the extremes of Left and Right throughout this period; for example, the clash between Vichy and the Free French and between the Resistance and forces of collaboration; witness also the continual battle between Catholic interests and Republican ideology; the role of the French intellectuals as the self-appointed watch dogs (chiens de garde), of the French political scene, system and policy, especially with regard to criticism over France’s wars of decolonisation in Indochina and Algeria and over France’s position vis-à-vis the United States and the Soviet Union in the world of the Cold War.

 

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Code: 6HY504

Historians and Material Culture

This module will introduce you to the theories and practices that support the use of material culture by historians. The module explores different disciplinary approaches to material culture studies, including those used by archaeologists, sociologists and art historians.

It also looks at specific examples of material culture in order to consider how they can help historians to understand past societies and their ideologies; these will range from small items such as teacups to large buildings such as cathedrals.

You will be taught how to describe and analyse objects and throughout the module, the importance of material culture to historians will be debated. The lectures and seminar discussions will be supported by a wide range of illustrative materials and sources, and there will be a field visit that will enable you to see different examples of material culture in situ.

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20 Credits
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Code: 6HY505

Keeping The Peace? Conflict, Power, and Diplomacy Since 1945

This module will deal with some of the most momentous events in International Relations from the Cold War to the twenty-first century. It will begin with an examination of the Cold War, its origins and course.

You will then analyse to what extent the security environment of the 1990s and 2000s was drastically different from that of the Cold War, studying how the East-West conflict has given way both to smaller regional conflicts, for instance in the Middle East, and to a North-South conflict between supposedly developed and developing states. Attention will also be paid to global security challenges, such as terrorism, and contemporary debates about the nature of war and peace.

You will think critically about the mechanics of international relations, assessing the relative importance of nation-states, international organizations and non-state actors. The module will be assessed by a group presentation and an essay.

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20 Credits
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Code: 6HY507

The People's War, The People's Peace: - Britain 1939-1951

This module examines the impact of the Second World War upon Britain. It covers the extent to which the War promoted new social attitudes and values. It asks whether the experience of Total War created demands for a radical, or even socialist, reconstruction of society. It examines the assumptions that guided the postwar Labour Government in its efforts to rebuild British society.

The module will examine popular attitudes towards postwar social, cultural and political developments. It considers the extent to which this period forged a new consensus in British politics. It looks at Britain’s record in recovering from the economic costs of war.

There is an examination of the extent to which the experience of war altered ideas about the role of the State in peace, with the nationalisation of industry and the formation of the Welfare State. The module addresses the War’s impact on attitudes concerning class and gender. It looks at how far the wartime cultural upsurge led to a democratisation of the arts, including assessment of the Festival of Britain.

The module questions how far the War changed Britain’s position in the world, looking at her role in the outbreak of the Cold War, her attitudes to postwar European cooperation and her shift from Empire to Commonwealth.

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20 Credits
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Code: 6HY508

Work-Based Learning

This module provides you with an opportunity to experience working in a cultural, creative, arts, heritage or related organisation and to develop valuable academic and transferable skills.

The main focus is to negotiate and conduct a work-based project with an employer or other outside body. This might be a museum or gallery, a cinema or theatre, a radio or TV station, or an educational establishment, for example. It allows you to bring your academic skills to an organisation, to complete a project that would be useful to them (and, in many cases, the wider community), and gives you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience relevant to your chosen career path.

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40 Credits
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Code: 6HY509

Yugoslavia and After: 1980 To The Present

This module examines how Josip Broz Tito’s relatively stable state degenerated into chaos and conflict by investigating the history and politics of Yugoslavia and the Yugoslav Successor States from Tito’s death in 1980 to the present day.

You will explore the major forces and influences contained within the domestic politics and economies of Yugoslavia including the contemporary economic, social, cultural and political transition. Of special concern will be the nature of religious, cultural and ethnic differences built upon competing interpretations of identity and exclusion, the problems of nationalism, and the growth of pressure groups. You will also study and analyse the key historiographical controversies surrounding the nature of Socialist and post-Socialist societies in South East Europe.

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Code: 6HY510

Exploring the Slum: The Politics of Poverty in Britain

In early nineteenth-century Britain the unprecedented rapid growth of industrial cities, and concerns about disease and squalor, led to heightened anxieties about possible revolution. This module examines the ways in which ‘social investigators’ attempted to explore, explain and contain this threat. Looking at how poverty was depicted by government officials, social reformers, public health advocates, philanthropists, investigative journalists, authors and artists, the module considers how the urban ‘slum’ became the battleground for fierce debates about class, gender, and national identity.

The module draws heavily on the excellent range of digital resources available for the study of nineteenth-century society and culture, including newspapers, pamphlets, statistics, and digitised archives. You will engage with a diverse range of representations of the slum to create a collaborative public online exhibition about changing attitudes towards urban poverty throughout the period.

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Code: 6HY997

History Independent Study (PDP)

This module enables you to undertake a substantial piece of historical research in an aspect of modern history. You will need to show engagement with historiographical debates and to undertake critical analysis of relevant sources.

The writing of the dissertation will enable you to develop your ability to construct sustained and coherent arguments, and to show an understanding of relevant theoretical and methodological issues. The skills developed in this module are essential to your future employability and personal development, as well as providing a basis for postgraduate study.

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Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

Teaching and learning

You will learn through lectures, seminars, self-directed study, tutorials, film screenings, sources workshops, and work-based learning. Each module requires four hours attendance per week per module.

Assessment

You are assessed on 100% coursework: there are no exams. Assessment incorporates different formats including essays, document analysis, the examination of material culture and the built environment, book reviews, projects, website design, posters and exhibitions, oral presentations and debating skills.

Supporting you all the way

In the National Student Survey, our students have been particularly positive not only about the quality of teaching on offer but also about the academic support they receive. You will have a personal tutor to help and advise you throughout your degree, and our lecturers are there to provide you with academic guidance.

A vibrant community

There is a friendly, sociable and approachable atmosphere on campus, with a real sense of community for History students. We have an active History Society which organises popular extra-curricular events from fieldtrips to ghost walks, pub quizzes to theatre visits.

Special events such as our annual Disability History Month give you fresh insights into your studies: in 2014 the theme was war and disability.

Who you will meet

You will be taught by our team of engaging, passionate and inspiring subject experts. They include:

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

Ruth Larsen

Dr Ruth Larsen
Programme leader

As a Senior Lecturer in History, Ruth Larsen is the Programme Leader for undergraduate History programmes. She has research expertise in British History of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, especially relating to gender history and the history of the country house.

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points120 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

At least a C in Classical Studies, History, Politics or similar at A-level (or equivalent qualification)

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

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Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees

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UK/EU

£9,250 per year*

£1,155 per module*

International

£14,045 per year

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How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Careers

Skills for success

At Derby you will gain attributes beyond those traditionally associated with History graduates. You will not only build your academic capabilities but also apply your historical knowledge to the workplace. We encourage you to develop skills in areas such as presentation and teamworking, which will help you stand out in the job market.

You can approach your future career with confidence: latest Unistats figures show that 92% of our students were in work or further study six months after completing their course.

Wide-ranging career opportunities

With a History degree you can follow a wide range of careers in the education profession, libraries, museums, archives, law, the civil service, management, marketing and the uniformed services. Recent graduates have, for instance, taken up professional roles in local authorities; in marketing for major national businesses; and in project consultancy advising global companies.

A growing number of our graduates also use their degree as a platform for rewarding postgraduate study in subjects such as History, Museum Studies, Archive Management and International Relations.

Ensuring you’re ‘work-ready’

Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with support from day one of your course to ensure you leave Derby as a ‘work-ready’ graduate - industry aware, motivated and enterprising. Throughout your studies, you will also benefit from our Personal Development Planning (PDP) scheme which enables you to reflect on your learning and develop your career ambitions. The support continues once you have completed your course too: you are entitled to further help and guidance from the Careers and Employment Service for up to three years after leaving the University.

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Included in your fees

Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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