Modern History and Politics (Including Placement Year)

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Academic Year of Entry: 2024/25
Course overview
(BA) Bachelor of Arts
Modern History and Politics (Including Placement Year)
Current
University of Essex
University of Essex
Philosophical, Historical and Interdisciplinary Studies (School of)
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
Full-time
History
Politics and International Relations
BA LV22
13/05/2024

Details

Professional accreditation

None

Admission criteria

  • A-levels: BBB - BBC or 120 - 112 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of 2 full A-levels.
  • BTEC: DDM - DMM or 120 - 112 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of the equivalent of 2 full A-levels. The acceptability of BTECs is dependent on subject studied and optional units taken - email ugquery@essex.ac.uk for advice.
  • Combined qualifications on the UCAS tariff: 120 - 112 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of 2 full A levels or equivalent. Tariff point offers may be made if you are taking a qualification, or mixture of qualifications, from the list on our undergraduate application information page.
  • IB: 30 - 29 points or three Higher Level certificates with 555-554.
  • IB Career-related Programme: We consider combinations of IB Diploma Programme courses with BTECs or other qualifications. Advice on acceptability can be provided, email Undergraduate Admissions.
  • QAA-approved Access to HE Diploma: 6 level 3 credits at Distinction and 39 level 3 credits at Merit, depending on subject studied - advice on acceptability can be provided, email Undergraduate Admissions
  • T-levels: We consider T-levels on a case-by-case basis, depending on subject studied. The offer for most courses is Distinction overall. Depending on the course applied for there may be additional requirements, which may include a specific grade in the Core.

Contextual Offers:

We are committed to ensuring that all students with the merit and potential to benefit from an Essex education are supported to do so. For October 2024 entry, if you are a home fee paying student residing in the UK you may be eligible for a Contextual Offer of up to two A-level grades, or equivalent, below our standard conditional offer.
Factors we consider:

  • Applicants from underrepresented groups
  • Applicants progressing from University of Essex Schools Membership schools/colleges
  • Applicants who attend a compulsory admissions interview
  • Applicants who attend an Offer Holder Day at our Colchester or Southend campus

Our contextual offers policy outlines additional circumstances and eligibility criteria.

For further information about what a contextual offer may look like for your specific qualification profile, email ugquery@essex.ac.uk.

If you haven't got the grades you hoped for, have a non-traditional academic background, are a mature student, or have any questions about eligibility for your course, more information can be found on our undergraduate application information page. or get in touch with our Undergraduate Admissions Team.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) code

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall, or specified score in another equivalent test that we accept.

Details of English language requirements, including component scores, and the tests we accept for applicants who require a Student visa (excluding Nationals of Majority English Speaking Countries) can be found here

If we accept the English component of an international qualification it will be included in the academic levels listed above for the relevant countries.

English language shelf-life

Most English language qualifications have a validity period of 5 years. The validity period of Pearson Test of English, TOEFL and CBSE or CISCE English is 2 years.

If you require a Student visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

Pre-sessional English courses

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Pending English language qualifications

You don’t need to achieve the required level before making your application, but it will be one of the conditions of your offer.

If you cannot find the qualification that you have achieved or are pending, then please email ugquery@essex.ac.uk .

Requirements for second and final year entry

Different requirements apply for second and final year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a visa to study in the UK. Details of English language requirements, including UK Visas and Immigration minimum component scores, and the tests we accept for applicants who require a Student visa (excluding Nationals of Majority English Speaking Countries) can be found here

Additional Notes

If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to this degree, you could prepare and gain entry through a pathway course. Find out more about opportunities available to you at the University of Essex International College

Course qualifiers

A course qualifier is a bracketed addition to your course title to denote a specialisation or pathway that you have achieved via the completion of specific modules during your course. The specific module requirements for each qualifier title are noted below. Eligibility for any selected qualifier will be determined by the department and confirmed by the final year Board of Examiners. If the required modules are not successfully completed, your course title will remain as described above without any bracketed addition. Selection of a course qualifier is optional and student can register preferences or opt-out via Online Module Enrolment (eNROL).

  • Applied Data Science: In order to be eligible for the qualifier, you must successfully complete the following modules: Year Two: GV207 (15 credits) – ‘Political Analysis: Introduction to OLS’ (must also achieve a mark of 70 to be awarded the qualifier) And at least one of the following: GV217 (15 credits) – ‘Conflict Analysis’ SC202 (15 credits) - Researching the Real World: Quantitative Approaches to Studying Crime and Society SC208 (15 credits) – ‘Crime and Inequality Across the Life Course’ Final year: GV300 (30 credits) – ‘Quantitative Political Analysis’ GV840 (30 credits) – 'Project:Politics' (must include sufficient quantitative methods as agreed by your Academic Supervisor, and multivariat regression analysis must be undertaken) [Note: GV840 can be substituted with either of the other final year project modules: GV831, GV836, EC831, GV834, or GV830]

Rules of assessment

Rules of assessment are the rules, principles and frameworks which the University uses to calculate your course progression and final results.

Additional notes

None

External examiners

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Dr Ingeborg Dornan

Reader in History

Brunel University London

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

Key

Core You must take this module.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Compulsory You must take this module.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Optional You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.

Year 1 - 2024/25

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  GV100-4-FY-CO  Introduction to Politics  Core  30  30 
02  HR173-4-FY-CO  Rebellious Pasts: Challenging and Creating Histories  Compulsory  30  30 
03  GV103-4-AU-CO  Introduction to International Relations  Compulsory  15  15 
04    Option(s) from list  Optional  15  15 
05    History option  Optional  30  30 
06  CS107-4-SP-CO  Beyond the BA: Skills for the Next Step  Compulsory 

Year 2 - 2025/26

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  HR242-5-FY-CO  Exploring History: Research Workshop  Compulsory  30  30 
02    GV207-5-AU or GV252-5-SP  Compulsory with Options  15  15 
03    History option(s)  Optional  30  30 
04    History or Politics option  Optional  15  15 
05    Politics option  Optional  30  30 
06  CS207-5-AU-CO  Beyond the BA: Building Career and Employability Readiness   Compulsory 

Year Abroad/Placement - 2026/27

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  HR701-6-FY-CO  Placement Year  Compulsory  120  120 

Year 3 - 2027/28

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01    Capstone Project  Compulsory with Options  30  30 
02    History option(s  Optional  30  30 
03    Politics option(s)  Optional  30  30 
04    History or Politics option(s)  Optional  30  30 
05  CS307-6-AU-CO  Beyond the BA: Preparing for Life as a Graduate  Compulsory 

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

  • Enable students to study a range of historical topics, providing a focused study on a selection of periods and themes in world history from c. 1770 to the present
  • Develop students' understandings of the relationship between the past and the present
  • Familiarise students with models of historical analysis and varieties of primary sources
  • Develop students' knowledge and understanding of some theoretical and conceptual foundations of the discipline of political science
  • Provide the opportunity for students to learn about political systems, political behaviour and political ideas
  • Develop an empirical base for the study of politics in different contexts
  • Enable students to examine past and contemporary events and processes in comparative perspective, with an understanding of their political and social contexts
  • Enable students to design and conduct an independent study on a specialist topic of their choice
  • Develop skills of research, analysis and argument that are valuable for subsequent academic study, lifetime learning, a wide range of future careers, personal development and social participation


  • Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

    On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

    A: Knowledge and understanding

    A1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of European and World history and politics c.1770 to the present

    A2: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of specialised historical and/or political topics in greater depth

    A3: Demonstrate knowledge of some conceptual and theoretical perspectives within history and/or political science

    A4: Demonstrate knowledge of the main findings of existing political science research about political systems and political behaviour

    A5: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of sources available for academic study in history and/or political science

    Learning methods

    The structure of the degree is based on progression from outline topics in the first year (A1) to more specialised courses (A2-A4) in the second and third year.

    Knowledge of A1-A5 is acquired through lectures, seminars, independent reading and coursework.

    A5 is the focus of the third-year independent dissertation.

    Assessment methods

    Knowledge and understanding of A1-A5 is continuously assessed through coursework..

    Essays are the principal form of coursework assessment, supplemented by a range of other assessments which may include document analyses, reviews and other shorter assignments.

    The Capstone research project tests knowledge of A5 in particular.

    B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

    B1: Assemble, analyse and synthesise primary and secondary data

    B2: Formulate and answer questions relevant to history and/or politics

    B3: Evaluate and compare interpretations in history and/or politics

    B4: Explain historical and contemporary events, contexts and change with reference to social, political, economic and cultural forces and factors

    B5: Reconstruct the mentalities of past societies

    B6: Formulate and present ideas and arguments coherently and persuasively, using evidence according to the methods of history and/or politics

    Learning methods

    All skills are introduced and developed through in-class discussions, essays, and other written and oral assignments.

    The teaching environment of seminars, which emphasises student-focused discussion, enables students to develop all six skills through discussion and practice, and to receive feedback from peers and tutors.

    Assessment methods

    All skills are assessed through the usual means of a variety of types of coursework

    C: Practical skills

    C1: Critically read and evaluate secondary sources

    C2: Use theoretical terms correctly

    C3: Compile bibliographies and provide references according to accepted conventions

    Learning methods

    Participation in seminar discussion, focusing on prepared readings or set questions, develops skills C1-C2; preparation of written work and oral presentations develops skills C1-C3.

    The final year dissertation enables students to take skills C1- C3 to a higher level.

    Students are strongly encouraged to discuss their dissertation with members of academic staff but are required to conduct their own bibliographic research and formulate their own lines of investigation.

    Assessment methods

    Skills C1-C3 are assessed through the usual means of coursework.

    D: Key skills

    D1: Communicate ideas effectively using means including essays and other written work

    D2: Make appropriate use of information technology to research and present materials

    D3: Analyse and explain evidence, understand and produce answers to essay questions, and manage work timetables

    D4: Use feedback from tutors to improve written and oral work and reflect on progress

    Learning methods

    The use of electronic library catalogues and other relevant electronic bibliographic resources and the use and interpretation of relevant material via the internet is introduced in the first year.

    Students build on these skills in subsequent years.

    Where relevant, students are encouraged to use, present or evaluate information provided in numerical or statistical form.

    Problem-solving, communication, working with others and improving own learning and performance are implicit throughout the degree.

    Assessment methods

    Key skills are assessed through the usual methods of coursework, including evaluation of seminar performance.

    Management of work timetables is assessed by the requirement that students meet coursework deadlines and deadlines in the preparation and submission of their final-year dissertation.


    Note

    The University makes every effort to ensure that this information on its programme specification is accurate and up-to-date. Exceptionally it can be necessary to make changes, for example to courses, facilities or fees. Examples of such reasons might include a change of law or regulatory requirements, industrial action, lack of demand, departure of key personnel, change in government policy, or withdrawal/reduction of funding. Changes to courses may for example consist of variations to the content and method of delivery of programmes, courses and other services, to discontinue programmes, courses and other services and to merge or combine programmes or courses. The University will endeavour to keep such changes to a minimum, and will also keep students informed appropriately by updating our programme specifications.

    The full Procedures, Rules and Regulations of the University governing how it operates are set out in the Charter, Statutes and Ordinances and in the University Regulations, Policy and Procedures.

    Contact

    If you are thinking of studying at Essex and have questions about the course, please contact Undergraduate Admissions by emailing admit@essex.ac.uk, or Postgraduate Admissions by emailing pgadmit@essex.ac.uk.

    If you're a current student and have questions about your course or specific modules, please contact your department.

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