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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 | Year two | Year three

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 (half-year option)
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.

The Historian’s Craft: Sources and Methods in History
Develops historical skills, particularly finding and analysing a wide variety of different historical sources. 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   
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.

Histories of the Global South
This module looks at the modern histories of 19th and 20th centuries' Latin America and Africa to understand how cultures and societies experienced colonialism and developed post-colonial identities and trajectories. You will be encouraged to look for patterns that will deepen your understanding of history as a global and transnational process.

Sport in Twentieth Century Britain       
Explores the significance of sport in twentieth century British society, by examining the role of the commercial, voluntary and state sectors in shaping sport’s historical development.

Germany in World War Two (half-year option)
Offers an introduction to the history of Germany during the Second World War, moving away from the focus upon the Third Reich as one of the traditional periods in German history. The module will demonstrate the unique aspects of Nazi Germany at War, focusing especially upon social, economic and cultural issues.

Divide and Quit: the closing days of imperial rule in India 
This module will demonstrate that the long nineteenth century (1789-1919) reflected and formed the basis for the emergence of the multicultural society which would emerge in Britain during the second half of the twentieth century by examining the key groups which settled in the country during the period under consideration, including the Irish, European Jews, Germans, Italians, South Asians and Black people. 

The Origins of Multicultural Britain 
This module explores the history of the closing days of British imperial rule in India. The inter-war period will be examined in relation to the transformation of the nationalist movement under Gandhi's leadership. At the same time during this period, India was moving towards communal style politics and increasing Muslim separatism under the leadership of Jinnah. The module concludes with an examination of the causes and consequences of partition and the legacy this has left in the region. 

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.

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

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 (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.

Borders and Boundaries: Legacies of Colonial Rule: India and Pakistan since 1947
Since 1947 India and Pakistan have both been through enormous change, India is now looking for a global position and Pakistan has played a pivotal role in the 'war on terror'. Both of these events will shape the future but how did they get to this position?

Environment and Society in the Americas (half-year option)
This module looks at the modern history of the Americas through the lens of environmental history, asking how human societies have understood, managed, and changed the natural environment around them.

Textual Studies Using Computers
More literary texts are now stored electronically in the world's computers than on paper in its libraries. This module asks what new questions we can ask and answer with the help of computers.

Jews in Twentieth Century Britain (half-year option) 
This module will examine some of the main themes of British-Jewish history during the twentieth century including, but not limited to: the impact of migration; changes to the religious profile of the community; support for Zionism in a British context; political affinities and preferences; the extent of social mobility; the development of a sporting tradition and the nature and impact of antisemitism.

History and Heritage (half-year option) 
Students will study the diverse field of heritage, and its relationship with history. It will examine theoretical debates about what heritage is, who owns and controls it, and how understandings of it change over time and place. It will also explore different ways in which heritage is presented and mediated, the development of a distinct heritage industry, and the ways in which media and digital developments have affected the sector. It will draw in examples and case studies from a variety of global, national and cultural settings. 

Witchcraft, Magic and the Supernatural in Britain and Europe from 1500 (half-year option) 
Students will examine the religious and cultural history of early modern Europe, including Britain, through a study of the supernatural. There will be case studies of the witchcraft persecutions in Europe; fairies, spirits and folk beliefs; ghosts and revenants; informal medicine and healing; the material culture of the supernatural. There will be comparative studies across regions, and how understandings of the supernatural changed over time and place.  

US Presidency 
This is a module about presidential power, and how it has been used and misused by modern presidents. Beginning with Richard E. Neustadt's theory of presidential power, the course will unfold by examining presidential role and reputation and the prestige that comes with this. Issues of leadership and character will be analysed, looking at what expectations of the presidency and presidents themselves exist. Congressional Quarterly's presidential success ratings will be used, along with public opinion polls to illustrate how greatness is measured and perceived. The significance of the vice-presidency and the first lady will be considered, and following on from this will be the emergence of the post-war imperial presidency and the related problems of power. The presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt will be the first to be examined individually and this will lead to the end of the autumn term. The Spring Term will focus on the trajectory from the imperial era to the post-imperial years of Gerald Ford and others to the resurgent presidency of George W. Bush and the unlikely rise of Barack Obama. Criteria for analysing individuals will include character traits, significant achievements and failures, relationship with the media and other actors, and relative historical greatness.

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