Coventry University

History Coventry University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Do you have a fascination with the past and its impact on the present? Both are essential interests when undertaking a History degree!

An examination of the political and social changes that have shaped our world lies at the heart of this course: understanding the past can help us to make sense of the present. By exploring the political, cultural, social and environmental history of pre-dominantly Britain, Europe and America, we will consider some of the defining moments and events of 19th and 20th century.

We have an outstanding track record for graduate employability – 100% employed or in further study six months after graduating. The development of intellectual and professional skills valued by employers is embedded into the course; you will have opportunity to improve your powers of reason, judgement, critical thinking, analysis problem-solving, and media production.

Year One

The first year considers the rise of the modern nation state, the emergence of race, early struggles for independence, and the emergence of globalisation. We will touch on some of the enduring themes in the creation of national identities, such as race and racism in the context of the legacy of colonialism, imperialism and slavery.

You will be introduced to the key theoretical and policy approaches to the study of race and racism, incorporating concepts and ideologies such as race, ethnicity, assimilation, integration, multiculturalism, and community cohesion. We will consider these in the light of issues to do with immigration, political representation, legislation, the criminal justice system, employment and housing, which are pertinent today.

You will also have the opportunity to create a historical documentary and to begin developing a portfolio of new media projects.

Year Two

In the second year, we will study the development of Europe and aim to deepen your knowledge of the history of the United States; its culture, conflict and key social changes. You will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of international crime through the historical developments of traditional criminal organisations, such as the Sicilian mafia, and you will have the opportunity to study the history of gender in the 20th century as well as the emergence of espionage as a tool of modern state-making and warfare.

We will also learn about the relationship between humankind and the environment and how attitudes towards the spaces in which we live have driven social changes.

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 studied at partner institutions in the France, Germany, the United States, Canada, Netherlands, Sweden, and South Korea.

Final Year

Your studies culminate in either a 10,000-word dissertation or the production of a documentary film. You will choose the topic of your dissertation or film, allowing you to explore and research an area of interest to you. Past students have chosen exciting topics such as the reconciliation of states after World War II, state-supported doping in the Eastern Bloc during the Cold War, the development of the Green Movement in the US, the experience of prisoners of war, piracy in the early modern period, women in the Civil Rights Movement and the Native American experience.

You will study the history of race in the United States, examining the ways in which ethnic minorities have found ways to empower themselves in the face social and political repression. You will also have the chance to engage in specialised studies of the history of the Third Reich; the environmental movement; organised crime; post-war Germany; the far right, as well as the opportunity to take an accredited study trip (additional costs may apply).

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15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level BBB
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM
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 31 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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