BA (Hons) Politics and Contemporary History Explore and debate contemporary politics and events Course in Islamabad || Registration Open
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Develop your understanding of both contemporary history and current political tensions and strategies
Develop your awareness of how our contemporary society, culture and politics have been shaped by historical events and political processes.
You will draw on developments from the late-nineteenth century to analyse contemporary political, economic and cultural trends, and gain a rich understanding of the workings of modern politics and history.
Pursue your interests
The course will allow you to choose your own area of interest and develop your knowledge and skills to take a critical perspective on political events and their outcomes for the modern world.
Learn from experts
You will learn from academics who are experts in their fields and use latest research to underline their teaching to ensure that you have access to the current debates within the study of politics.
On this course you will:
- Study Politics both from policy-oriented and academic perspectives.
- Examine significant events and periods from contemporary history.
- Examine current political challenges and their historical roots, such as nationalism, terrorism, asymmetrical warfare and environmentalism.
- Learn from our team of expert staff.
- Build your degree around your interests.
- Develop your critical thinking, team-working, research and digital skills, all vital for post-degree employment.
Discover your interests and follow your passions
Our Politics and Contemporary History degree introduces you to the fundamentals of contemporary political and historical study, before allowing you to branch out to discover your interests and follow your passions to really make your degree unique to you.
In your first year, you will receive a solid grounding in the theoretical approaches and research methods in the study of Politics and Contemporary History.
The course introduces you to the political histories and contexts of Britain, Russia, China, and the United States.
In your second year, you will begin to mould your degree around your interests.
You will explore papal political influences, the links between political ideologies, religion, and modern cultures, British post-war cultural attitudes, conflict in Russia and Eurasia, and much more.
By your final year, you will have a strong sense of what political area you would like to focus on for your final dissertation project.
Alongside your thesis, you will have the opportunity to explore more specific aspects of Politics, including: 20th century European dictators, Pan-Africanism, the effects of globalisation, and the culture wars of Britain.
Select a year
Rethinking History: Theory and Practice
The module draws upon the specialist expertise of our History tutors, as you examine a different approach to history each week from a range of contemporary theoretical perspectives. These will include, amongst others, social and cultural history, the history of women, gender and sexuality, ideology and discourse analysis, postcolonial, postmodern and empiricist histories, the history of the visual image, landscape and public history, the legacy of modern war, and heritage studies.
Teaching and Assessment
Feel the support of internationally-recognised research staff
At our university, you will find a friendly atmosphere and an encouraging team of staff who will work hard to support your learning.
We are delighted that our students find the University a supportive and positive learning environment, with our Politics courses ranking first in the UK for student satisfaction in the 2021 Guardian University League Tables.
All of our tutors have recognised national and international research expertise and a passion for their respective subject areas. This ensures that you have access the latest debates within the study of Politics and Contemporary History.
Much of our teaching is in small groups. Our commitment to smaller class sizes allows you to feel more confident to discuss your ideas in a supportive environment.
It also allows your tutors get to know you and how best to aid your development.
Our BA (Hons) Politics and Contemporary History course uses a range of assessments methods, including:
- Source evaluations and reviews
- Research projects
- Collaborative project work
Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, allowing you to clearly see your academic progress throughout your degree.
Gain vital workplace experience with our local partners
We understand the importance of ensuring that you have the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging jobs market.
We offer you work placement opportunities built directly into our courses to ensure you can gain the experience needed to stand out.
You can choose to organise your own work placement, or take advantage of our extensive network of local partners to gain experience within settings that can also support your academic studies.
Open up your future career options
Politics and Contemporary History graduates from the University of Chichester have succeeded in a range of positions after their studies through the supportive environment, varied modules and the commitment to students provided by our staff.
Career paths include:
- The Civil Service
- International organisations
- Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)
- Defence and security
- Public administration
- Communications and PR
- MA Cultural History
- MRes The History of Africa and the African Diaspora
- MA Creative Writing
- Postgraduate Research (MPhil/PhD)