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, South Asian, European and American 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, history of science, history of migration, history of ethnicity and racism, and history and employability. In addition, our lecturers’ geographical specialisations include the history of South Asia, Southeastern Europe, Central America, and Southeast Asia.

Year one (Level 4)

Presenting and Re-Presenting the Past  
Introduces you to the key methods and approaches used by historians. Compulsory for single and joint honours students.

The Making of the Modern World
Tackles the key developments in global history since the 18th century. Compulsory for single and joint honours students.

Twentieth Century Europe       
Introduces key developments in Europe over the past century. Compulsory for single honours students.

Modern Britain, 1760-2000
Explores the main economic, social and political developments in British history from 1760 to 2000. Compulsory for single honours students.

Year two (Level 5)

Students choose four year-long modules, or the equivalent made up of a mixture of the full and half-year options listed below.

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.

Visualising the Modern World 1860-1950
Explores photography’s significance in a wide range of contexts that defined late nineteenth and twentieth century history, such as empire, the everyday, celebrity culture and science.

Newton to Nuclear – An Introduction to the History of Science  
Explores the significance of science and scientists within society from the 16th century until today, focusing on topics such as health and medicine, science and empire, and ‘big science’ of the twentieth century.

The Historian’s Craft (half-year option)
Focuses on developing important historical skills, particularly finding and analysing a wide variety of different historical sources. Compulsory for single honours students.

Dissertation Preparation (half-year option)
Helps you identify a topic and prepare for your final year dissertation. Compulsory for single honours students.

Mass Observing Britain in War and Peace, 1936-1951 (half-year option)
This module uses the Mass Observation Archive as a basis to explore the social, cultural and political history of Britain from the late 1930s to the early 1950s.

The Cold War (half-year option)   
Uses 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.  

History in the Workplace
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. Only available to single Honours students.

Year three (Level 6)

Students choose four year-long modules, or the equivalent made up of a mixture of the full and half-year options listed below.

Dissertation
An in-depth individual research project based on primary source material. Compulsory for single honours students.

Nationalism, Racism and Genocide in Twentieth 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 American Presidency
Examines the history, development and contemporary perception of the role of the President of the United States.

The Olympics (half-year option)
Explores the history and culture of the modern Olympic Games.

Photography and Conflict (half-year option)
Investigates the use of photography in the social understanding of conflict, for instance through the history of photojournalism, propaganda, and archiving practices.

The Sporting Body (half-year option)
Focuses on the impact and demands of sporting performance within both its historical and global contexts.

Borders and Boundaries: Legacies of Colonial Rule (half-year option)
Explores the significance of science and scientists within society from the 16th century until today, focusing on topics such as health and medicine, science and empire, and ‘big science’ of the twentieth century.

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

 
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