History BA (Hons) module details

The curriculum for History at DMU is diverse, international in focus and innovative. We use a mixture of year-long and half-year modules to allow students to broaden out their studies and to experience a variety of different teaching methods, module structures and assessment patterns. 

If you are interested in learning about British, American and European History you will be well catered for. We are also proud to offer the opportunity to specialise in areas that are either unique or extremely uncommon in History degrees delivered in the UK. For example, our modules include; photographic history; the history of sport and leisure; South-East Asia and ethnicity/migration/racism; and history and employability.

Year one (Level 4)

Presenting and Representing the Past
Introduces you to the key methods and approaches used by historians

The Making of the Modern World
Tackles the key developments in global history since the 18th century

20th Century Europe
Introduces the evolution of Europe over the past century

Britain in Transition, 1760–1939
Explores the main economic, social and political developments in British history from 1760 to 1939

Year one reading list

Year two (Level 5)

Students choose four year-long modules, or the equivalent made up of a mixture of the full and half-year (see * below) options listed below, (NB – options subject to change due to staff availability and student numbers).

*Dissertation Preparation (compulsory for Single Honours)
Helps you identify a topic and prepare for your final year dissertation

*Historian's Craft (compulsory for Single Honours)
Focuses on developing important Historical skills, particularly finding, interpreting, analysing and deploying a wide variety of different Historical sources.

Unity and Diversity in America
Focusing on the major formal and informal institutions of US Government and politics.

Visualising the Modern World 
Explores photography’s significance in a wide range of fields, practices and experiences, such as Empire, the everyday, celebrity culture and science, that defined late nineteenth and twentieth century history.

The Transformation of Modern Britain since 1939
Focuses on the development of British economy and society since the onset of World War II

Englishmen and Foreigners
Explores the centrality of immigration in the evolution of British society during the 19th and 20th centuries

British India 1857–1947
Examines a key period in the history of colonial India, from the Indian mutiny in 1857 to the partition of the subcontinent in 1947

* Germany and World War Two
Examines the history of Germany and German society during World War Two.

* Cold War: Themes, Issues and Controversies
Looks at the history of the Cold War, using a thematic and a comparative approach in order to explore some of the contested issues in our understanding of this key period in 20th century history.

* Sport and Popular Culture in 20th Century Britain 
Combines both historical and cultural studies to analyse sporting and leisure cultures in Britain throughout the previous century

* Sport and Empire 
Examines the significance of sport in the relationship between Britain and its Empire.

History in the Workplace (only available to single Honours students)
Offers students the opportunity to undertake a work placement in a history-related industry, together with practical sessions and advice aimed at improving student employability, job-hunting and career planning skills

Year three (Level 6)

Students choose four year-long modules, or the equivalent made up of a mixture of the full and half-year (see * below) options listed below, (NB – options subject to change due to staff availability and student numbers).

NB - The Dissertation is compulsory for single Honours students, optional for Joint honours.

Dissertation (compulsory for single Honours) 
An in-depth study based upon primary source material

Transatlantic Sport: Europe and the USA 
Introduces you to the development of modern sport in Britain, Europe and the USA

Nationalism, Racism and Genocide in 20th Century Europe
Examines the manifestations of ethnic exclusion and racism in Europe during the 20th century, by focusing on the Ottoman Empire, Germany and Britain

Yugoslavia and Beyond
Investigates the processes behind the creation and collapse of the Yugoslav state, its ideological, political and social underpinnings, and its inherent flaws

*The Olympics
Explores the history and culture of the modern Olympic Games.

* The Sporting Body
Focuses on the impact and demands of sporting performance within both its historical and global contexts

* The Sea: History of, and in, Maritime Spaces
Explores the usefulness of maritime perspectives (focusing on the Mediterranean, the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean) in reconfiguring and rethinking existingland-centred historical narratives

Rural Britain
Explores the transformation of rural Britain since the onset of World War II, focusing on the impact of state policies on the agricultural sector, rural society and the changing use of the countryside

American Presidency
Examines the history, development and contemporary perception of the role of the President of the United States.

* Borders and Boundaries: Transformation of India and Pakistan
Explores the transformation of India and Pakistan since 1947 and the legacies of colonialism and identity formation in an age of globalisation

* Photography and Conflict
Investigates the use of photography in the social understanding of conflict. You will consider photography at the front line, photojournalism, dissemination outlets, propaganda, archiving practices and, in particular, methodological approaches

* Jews in Twentieth Century Britain
Explores social, cultural, political and economic developments in the British-Jewish community during the Twentieth century

Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current

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