International History at Staffordshire University - UCAS

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Course summary

Many of today’s most pressing international challenges have their roots in key moments of history. Our MA in International History will help you understand the crucial links between past and present. The course spans the late 18th and early 19th centuries up to the contemporary era. You will explore international relationships and rapid changes over time, from regional microhistories to sweeping diplomatic affairs, and from cultural developments to military encounters. It touches on core concepts like nationalism, imperialism, modernisation and globalisation, often through the prism of key case studies: the two unifications of Germany, the decline of Russia, the rise of China. We’ve designed the course so you have the freedom to delve into the topics that most interest you. Using research skills and primary sources, you will produce your own historical narratives, drawing on artefacts and documents from the relevant period. These skills will also help shape your dissertation, where you will answer a research question. Recent dissertation topics have looked at everything from socialist movements in early 20th century Europe to the Vietnam War and nationalism in Ukraine. There is also the opportunity to choose a specialist pathway, in Intelligence, Contemporary China or Russian Studies. If you opt for the pathway route, your award title will reflect this. The course is taught and assessed entirely online, giving you the flexibility to study anytime, anywhere. You will still get lots of tutor engagement and support. It will involve using digital platforms for a weekly programme of study and debating key topics with fellow students. You will also benefit from the guidance of internationally recognised staff, who bring a wealth of experience. Whether you are looking to develop your professional profile in a related field, or you’re an enthusiast wanting to explore the relationship between history and politics, this MA is for you. On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MA International History

Assessment method

During your course you will undertake two different types of assessments, informal assessments (also known as formative) and formal (also known as summative). Your formative assessments are designed to enhance your engagement with the taught content of your modules and to prepare you for your summative assessments. They also provide you with the opportunity to receive feedback on your progress. Your summative assessments contribute towards your final grade and degree classification and will assess you based on the learning outcomes of your modules. Your summative assessments could include a combination of written assignments, contributions to discussion boards, critical reviews, digital poster presentations and dissertations.

Entry requirements

A 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline (such as Political Sciences, Social Sciences, Human Geography, Literary Studies, Area Studies, etc.) or significant appropriate work experience. Language level must be at least IELTS 6-6.5 or equivalent. However, you’ll be considered if you have a level of fluency to meet the needs of the course.

Fees and funding

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International History at Staffordshire University - UCAS