Coventry University

History and Politics Coventry University Degree level: Undergraduate


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This integrated degree brings together the two complementary disciplines of politics and history. We combine the teaching of comparative 20th century politics and political ideas with modern global, political and social history, with a focus on Britain, Europe and America.
Examining past issues of conflict, poverty, marginalised communities, environment and gender throughout history will aim to enhance your understanding of today’s socio-political problems and associated decision-making.

We have an outstanding track record for graduate employability – an average of 97% employed or in further study six months after graduating. The development of academic and professional skills valued by employers is embedded into the course. You should improve your powers of reason, judgment, critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving.

Combining the study of history and politics, you will be taught how power, authority, dissent and violence influence governance and impact of society, comparing historical events to understand how and why things change.

Year One

The first year sets the foundation for the study of politics and history, introducing you to some of the key concepts employed in the study of applied politics and introducing the connections between today’s politics and their wider historical contexts. For example, how the concepts of democracy, rights and social welfare relate to major developments in 20th century British history or how movements like nationalism and Europeanism have shaped the history of modern Europe.

We will consider the origins and spread of nationalism in the Western world and the rise of the modern nation state from the Atlantic Revolutions of the late 18th century, kicked off by the American Revolution, to the foundation of the United Nations. A key theme will be the political impact of French, German, Italian, American and other nationalist movements and the social, economic and ideological contexts.

Year Two

In the second year, we will study the development of the European states system, together with a range of international developments, such as the crisis of the 1930s and the rise of fascism in Europe, the workings of the US political system, the environmental movement in the twentieth century, the rise of the women’s movement in Europe and the growth of far right parties in recent decades.

We will deepen your knowledge of the history of the United States – the political leaders, conflict and key socio-economic changes that have shaped modern North America. We will also look at the histories of the other two nations of North America, Canada and Mexico.

Optional Placement Year

After your second year, you have an opportunity to take a sandwich year, studying abroad or on professional placement. Past students have done their placement with the European Parliament, UNICEF, Greenpeace, the Latvian and Sudanese embassies, Islamic Relief and a range of refugee and migrant centres.

Final Year

Your studies culminate in a 10,000-word dissertation through which you pursue and research an idea or phenomenon that fires up your own interests. Past students have chosen exciting topics like British decolonisation and partition in Ireland, India and Palestine, The Women's Movement in Europe, US policy toward the Middle East, far right ideologies, and sports, economic crises and ideological change in the Western World.

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15 January

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Points of entry

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level BBC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit. Plus GCSE English at grade 4 or above.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 29 points

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

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Coventry University
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