Coventry University

Degree level: Undergraduate

History and Politics

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Course summary

Studying history and politics together should provide you with a more robust understanding of each area, aiming to deepen your understanding of past events, political actions and lessons learned through history. Our highly-accomplished and multidisciplinary teaching team includes respected authors and experts in the politics and history of Britain, Germany, Italy, the Middle East, Africa and North America. They will aim to share knowledge of security studies, social theory, development, peace studies, foreign policy analysis, national and international politics and the history of international political thought. Past students have explored some of the 20th century’s most defining historical events – from women’s suffrage in Britain to the American civil rights movement. We aim to examine the strengths and weaknesses of different political systems, use and abuse of power, democracy, human rights and more. We have maintained a close relationship with the local city council and the Houses of Parliament, organising a range of guest talks from the people involved in contemporary politics and international relations. This has previously included British MPs, high commissioners from African states and speakers from major global corporations. Recent topics have included ‘Britain and the EU’, ‘Women in Politics’ and ‘Ethnic Diversity in Politics’. You'll also have the option to spend a year on professional placement, applying your academic skills within the workplace and potentially gain valuable work experience.* Past students have spent time within an MP’s office, working for local government, for historical societies like The Herbert Art Gallery and organisations such as The British Council. The course aims to provide an excellent foundation to students help and support them with pursuing their own careers in the public, private and voluntary sectors within a range of areas like local administration, communications, diplomacy, intelligence, development or international organisations. *Placement years are subject to additional costs, application, meeting applicable visa requirements and availability. Further costs incurred as a result of the professional work placement or study abroad shall be borne by the student. Key Course Benefits:

  • Spend a year studying abroad – we have links with universities in France, Germany and Sweden.
  • Our teaching staff include a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
  • A wide range of optional modules allow you to study specific political movements, such as the green movement or Far Right, periods of history like post-war Germany or specific issues like feminism or global organised crime.
  • Coventry University has excellent employer links with the House of Commons, the National Crime Agency (NCA), local government, local and national NGOs and charities, the Archives and Records Association, the Museums Association, the institute of Historic Building Conservation.
  • You could join our active student-led History, International Relations, Politics and Sociology Society (HIPSOC), which has organised fieldtrips to Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Mexico to visit the institutions of the EU, the International Criminal Court and Greenpeace Costa Rica.
  • We aim to provide you with extensive placement opportunities, for example, placements have previously included local government for the council, MP and MEP offices, commercial firms like City Year, First Utility and GE Alstrom, organisations like University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire, The Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Coventry University, Food Bank and MIND and local heritage sites like Coventry Cathedral and museums.

Course details


Your main study themes are: Political Ideas and Action You will gain an insight into the working of modern political systems and an understanding of the ideas and theories underlying contemporary political structures, movements and debates. We will examine the way individuals and groups react to and behave within their particular social context. We adopt an historical approach, drawing contemporary examples and illustrations from a range of countries across the world to reflect the variety of political systems, including the changes brought about after the collapse of the USSR. British History and Politics You will analyse the transformation of Britain during the period of transition from late Victorian Imperialism, with its emphasis on individualism and self-help, to the creation of the welfare state. The main themes considered are state-society relations and the effect of social, political and economic change upon the people of Britain. We look at the important political and social developments which took place between 1900 and 1951, including black history and women’s history in Britain. We will examine the development of the welfare state, comparing theories, ideologies and principles of welfare: liberalism, social democracy, conservatism, New Labour, radical critiques (Marxism, feminism etc.). We look at various political institutions, such as the Constitution, Parliament, the Cabinet, the Civil Service, local government, and the European Union. World Politics We survey the major developments in world politics since the end of the Second World War. This includes major themes of post-war international politics, such as the dominant relationship between the superpowers, the consequences of decolonisation, the emergence of the 'Third World', the spread of revolutionary wars, the development of European integration and the spread and final collapse of communism and its effect on world politics in the end of the Cold War. World History Since 1900 With an emphasis on contemporary European history, we examine key aspects of world history in the 20th and 21st centuries. We study the development of the European states systems and relations between the major European powers, including the foreign policies of Britain, France, Italy, Germany and the Soviet Union. We will examine the development of the European states system and provide you with the essential background for understanding contemporary Europe. You will receive an outline history of the United States, incorporating major themes of political change and institutions, key leaders, war and diplomacy, economic and social development, including race and resistance. For more information about what you will study, please visit our website.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

All applications are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, experience, reference and your motivation to study the course. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate/BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 National Diploma/BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry onto degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that are equivalent to three A2 Levels. This may include subject specific requirements where necessary. If you are successful in receiving an offer, you will be invited to an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and studying at Coventry University.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

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History and Politics at Coventry University - UCAS