Fact file - 2014 entry
Qualification:BA Jt Hons
Type and duration:3 year UG
Qualification name:History and East European Studies
A level offer: ABB
Required subjects: B in history at A level
IB score: 32 (5 in history at Higher Level)
Available part time: yes
Course places: 32 for all joint honours courses in the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies.
Campus: University Park Campus
This course combines history with the study of Russian and East European cultures. You will develop skills for writing and debating history, and you will plan, research and write an analysis of an area of historiography of your choice to develop independence of mind and critical abilities. In East European Cultural Studies you will study the literature, history and culture of the region. There is also an opportunity to learn a Slavonic language.
In History, you will take the core module Learning History which introduces you to the skills and methodologies of historical research. In East European Cultural Studies you will choose from a range of introductory modules on the history, literature and cultural studies of the region. While you will have the option to learn a Slavonic language, there is no compulsory language requirement on this course and the medium of study is English.
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.
There is a range of modules in East European Cultural Studies available at this level, including modules in which you can develop your own research project in preparation for the final year. You will also be able to start or continue with the study of a Slavonic language.
In History you will select a special subject alongside a choice of optional modules. In East European Cultural Studies you will be encouraged to specialise in subjects of particular interest to you. There is the opportunity for independent essay and dissertation work, in which you can undertake in-depth study of specialised topics, working with a supervisor from a module already taken. You may also continue your study of a Slavonic language.
See also the Department of History.
A levels: ABB, including B in history at A level
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
TOEFL iBT 100 (minimum 19 with 20 in Speaking).
For details please see the alternative qualifications page
Flexible admissions policy
We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances.
Typical year-one modules
Typical year-two modules
Typical year-three modules
Please see Optional Modules or contact the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies for more information.
Typical optional modules
The History and Culture of Early Rus, c. 900 - 1300
Serbian and Croatian Literature: 20th century
British Foreign Policy and the Origins of the World Wars, 1895-1939
Screening Russia: Film and Society from Khrushchev to Putin
Russia in Revolution 1905-21
July Crisis: The Outbreak and Origins of the Great War
The 1960s and the West, 1958-1974
Peasants, Slaves and Serfs in the Middle Ages
Myths and Memories: Histories of Russia's Second World War
By the end of this course you will have developed a variety of transferable skills including the ability to communicate effectively, study independently, and to develop a coherent argument. If you have chosen to study a Slavonic language, you will have achieved a foundation knowledge, desirable to employers. You will have a sound understanding of the theories and techniques used by historians and will have experience of undertaking in-depth work with primary sources.
Average starting salary and career progression
In 2012, 92.3% of first-degree graduates in the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £17,100 with the highest being £22,000.*
In 2012, 92% of first-degree graduates in the Department of History who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £19,546 with the highest being £30,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home and EU graduates, 2011/12.
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