Coventry University has opted into the TEF and received a Gold award.
Studying history and politics together provides you with a more robust understanding of each area, deepening your understanding of past events, political actions and the 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 share knowledge of security studies, social theory, development, peace studies, foreign policy analysis, national and international politics and the history of international political thought.
We will explore some of the 20th century’s most defining historical events – from women’s suffrage in Britain to the American civil rights movement. We’ll examine the strengths and weaknesses of different political systems, use and abuse of power, democracy, human rights and more.
We maintain a strong relationship with the local city councils 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 gaining valuable work experience. Past students have spent time with 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 provides an excellent foundation to pursue a range of careers in the public, private and voluntary sectors within areas like local administration, communications, diplomacy, intelligence, development or international organisations.
Key Course Benefits:
Ranked 9th in the UK for ‘Politics’ in the Guardian University Guide 2019.
Spend a year studying abroad – we have links with universities in France, Germany and Sweden.
Teaching staff include a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
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, such as feminism or global organised crime.
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.
Join our active student-led History, International Relations, Politics and Sociology Society (HIPSOC), which has organised field-trips to Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Mexico to visit the institutions of the EU, the International Criminal Court and Greenpeace Costa Rica.
- Extensive placement opportunities which 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.
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.
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.
How to apply
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15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|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|
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.
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|