Goldsmiths, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate

History with Politics

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This programme is an innovative and interdisciplinary exploration into how social, cultural, and political institutions, decisions, and events have shaped societies and nations around the world. There is much cross-over to explore between the disciplines of History and Politics. The BA History with Politics at Goldsmiths combines and synthesises methods and concepts from both disciplines to inform and stimulate study. Many History modules, such as those dealing with revolutions, ideas, and social movements, are, of course, centrally connected to politics. Meanwhile, Politics modules on feminism and anarchism are strongly informed by the historical precedents of modern movements and ideologies. Combine the study of History and Politics Rather than focusing on chronology or strict historical periods, combining History and Politics encourages and facilitates explorations and analyses of key issues, controversies, themes, and debates. The study, analysis, and understanding of the past are as important today as they have ever been. Understanding past societies fosters emotional intelligence and allows us to appreciate the diversity and adaptability of human life. Understanding our pasts can help us to shape our futures in more intelligent, insightful, and compassionate ways. By combining the two disciplines, you will be able to peel back the formal veneer of political parties and institutions to reveal the major ideological, economic, social, and cultural conflicts which must be investigated to understand our world. This programme crosses boundaries between the traditional and the more radical understandings of political phenomena. Politics is much more than simply what happens in parliaments, it pervades the whole of society, domestically and internationally. Throughout this degree, you will have the opportunity to study the historical roots of issues facing nations and societies today, while also being able to consider the nature of the ‘political’ in all its dimensions. These approaches come together in Year 3 Special Subjects, where you will spend half the year focusing on a specific subject and writing your dissertation on it. Special Subjects can be taken from a range of options both at Goldsmiths and at other colleges of the University of London, meaning that the scope of political subjects on offer is vast. Learn across two expert departments The academic staff in the Department of History and Department of Politics are at the forefront of research excellence and research-led teaching, delivering modules and conducting research about Asia, Africa, the Americas, the British Isles, Eastern and Western Europe, and the Middle East. Find out more in the About the Department section below. Gain valuable career skills Alongside intellectual and personal development, we equip you with the skills and experience you need to progress into a rewarding career. This might be through our History in Practice work-placement module or through other career-orientated opportunities and forms of assessment.

Course details


Year 1 In your first year, you will take the following compulsory modules. Year 1 Historical Perspectives 15 credits Reading and Writing History 15 Credits Global Connections: the violence and exchanges that shaped the modern world 30 credits Historical Controversies 30 credits You will also select two 15 credit modules from a list approved annually by the Department of History. Year 2 You will take 75 credits of modules offered by the History department. Up to 30 credits of these may be a 'related studies' module offered by another Goldsmiths department, and a further 30 credits may be a University of London intercollegiate group II module. You will also take 45 credits of Politics and International Relations modules from a list approved annually by the department. The following is an indicative list. Year 2 politics modules Making Modern Japan 15 credits Political Economy 30 credits Modern Britain: Politics from 1979 - today 15 credits Rough Politics 15 credits Security Studies 15 credits Year 3 You will choose a Special Subject module offered by the Department of History, which is coupled with your dissertation and worth 60 credits. You will also choose 45 credits of modules offered by the Department of Politics (indicative list below), and 15 credits offered by the Department of History. Indicative list of year 3 politics modules Anarchism 15 credits New Radical Political Economy 30 credits Feminist Politics 15 credits Armed Politics and Political Violence 30 credits The Politics of Popular Music 15 credits Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of the modules may be available every year.

Assessment method

A wide and innovative variety of different methods are used to assess learning, these include essays, reviews, source analyses, blogs, videos, walks, presentations, exams, and dissertations. Some modules are assessed by portfolios of coursework, or by a combination of coursework and an examination. Others are assessed by long essays or dissertations on topics approved with the tutor. Assessments vary in length according to the type of assessment and/or level of module. Assessment supports student progression across the programme, as assessments in the first year aim to measure a set of baseline skills and competencies which are enhanced, deepened and broadened in subsequent years. Lecturers return assessments and provide useful and constructive feedback in a timely manner so as to ensure that students learn from the feedback and have the opportunity to improve subsequent work.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BBB
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject specific modules
Scottish Higher BBBBC
Scottish Advanced Higher BBC
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 33 points With three Higher Level subjects at 655
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H2, H2, H2

At Goldsmiths we offer innovative and challenging degrees in history, as well as a stimulating environment amongst a diverse and exciting community of students. Many of our students have achieved very high A-level grades, and that is reflected in our standard A-level offer. But above all we're looking for potential students who can demonstrate the range of skills, talents and interests necessary for this work, either through traditional A-levels or otherwise. We believe that all able students of whatever age and background who have the ability should have the chance to study at Goldsmiths, and we actively encourage applications from students with a wide range of relevant qualifications.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6With a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5

Fees and funding

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History with Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS