This course combines the study of history with the opportunity to study English language, literature and drama from old English to the present day, while developing the skills required for the writing and debating of history.
In history, you will begin with a general outline of European and world history. In year two you will study more advanced themes in history, selecting from an extremely wide range of options covering topics from the Anglo-Saxons through to the late 20th century. In year three you will have the option of writing a dissertation in history.
You gain familiarity with the practices of working at degree level in both subjects. In English, you have a choice of three core modules from the areas of English language and applied linguistics, English literature 1500 to the present, medieval languages and literatures, and drama and performance.
In history, you will take Learning History, a skill and methodology based core module, where the emphasis is on reflecting on the nature of history as a discipline and developing the skills required for the writing and debating of history. You will also choose from a range of options covering European and world history.
In English, you will choose from a wide range of options to develop deeper understanding of the issues and critical approaches across at least two areas of the discipline, depending on what areas of literature, language and drama most interest you.
The core element in History is provided by the Contemporary World since 1945, which deals not just with global developments, political and economic, social and cultural, environmental and demographic, but also explores key historical debates concerning the immediate origins of the world in which we now live. In addition, you will be able to select more specific optional modules from an extensive menu, covering an extremely wide chronological and geographical range.
You choose from a wide range of final year option modules enabling you to specialise in key areas of English. You will also undertake an individual research project.
In history, you will select a special subject, focusing on a specialised area of history, and one optional module.
See also the Department of History