BA History / Economic and Social History

The information on this page relates to September 2016 entry. For 2017 information, including grade requirements, please check our prospectus.

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In choosing to study the History and Economic and Social History Degree (V390) at Aberystwyth you'll immerse yourself not just in a huge choice of history, but also an understanding of how and why the world has evolved the way it has. This course is student-focused and you'll be able to build on your existing knowledge of history whilst pursuing what fundamentally interests you. Our History and Economic and Social History graduates are sought by employers for their highly developed research, analysis, teamwork and communications abilities.

Top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of History (NSS 2016)

Department of History and Welsh: 95% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

92% of undergraduates from the Department of History and Welsh History who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

Overview

The History and Economic and Social History degree scheme is for students who are more interested in the lives of ordinary people in the past than in great leaders, battles and high politics. Taking advantage of the high level of expertise in economic and social history in the department, this course encourages students to focus upon the effects of war and large-scale social and economic changes on ordinary citizens. Like all of the degree schemes offered by the Department of History and Welsh History, this course offers a wide range of option modules and gives students the flexibility to choose to specialise in the historical periods that most interest them.

Why study History at Aberystwyth?

History has been taught at Aberystwyth since the foundation of the University in 1872, making it the oldest History department in Wales and one of the foremost in Britain. Over the last 140 years we’ve perfected the degree schemes we offer you to ensure that you get the best History degree you possibly can.

The interests of our lecturers span the period from antiquity to the modern world, so we can provide you with a broad range of political, social, economic and cultural history modules from all periods. All our lecturers are active researchers who publish their work, and you will benefit from being taught the latest historical theories and techniques. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment the university was placed in the top 50 institutions for research power and intensity. It submitted 77% of eligible staff and 95% of the university's research was of an internationally recognised standard.

In addition to a fine University library, as a History student at Aberystwyth you will enjoy full membership of the National Library of Wales. One of only five copyright libraries in the United Kingdom, with over six million books, maps, prints and manuscripts, it is situated within a five-minute walk of the Department. You will find this especially valuable when studying your special subject and writing your dissertation in your third year. Through our close association with the National Library we are also able to offer you exciting work placement opportunities there.

You will find a very friendly and welcoming community in the Department, and the lively History Society organizes a programme of guest lectures, visits to places of interest and social events throughout the year.

The Department has established links with a number of universities overseas, so we can also provide you with the opportunity to spend a period of time abroad immersing yourself in a different and exciting historical culture.

These increases reflect our investment in innovative and strategic student-focused employability initiatives which encompass all our academic Institutes and which we firmly believe are likely to improve our employability ratings still further.

The Department also offers a number of degree schemes and modules taught entirely or partially through the medium of Welsh. Further details may be obtained from the Department.

Our Staff

Department of History and Welsh History lecturers are all qualified to PhD level, and most also have a PGCHE.

Course Content

Welsh medium modules available

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Year 1 Options All Part One students MUST take the Department's 20-credit Part One core module (through medium of English or Welsh):

Semester 1

Cyflwyno Hanes HA12120

Introduction To History HY12120

Year 1 Options Part One students must take a further 100 credits of modules (of which at least 40 must be taken in the History & Welsh History department):

Semester 1

Concwest, Uno A Hunaniaeth Yng Nghymru 1250-1800 HC11120

Cymru A'r Byd: Cysylltiadau A Dylanwadau 1860 - 2000 HC11520

Stuart England: War, Political Crisis And Social Change 1629-1714 HY11920

Russia Since 1900 HY12020

Nationalism, Totalitarianism And Democratization: Czechoslov HY12220

Soldiers, Saints & Serfs: England, 1042-1154 HY14320

Conquest, Union And Identity In Wales 1250-1800 WH11120

Semester 2

Y Dirwasgiad Mawr: Hanes Cymharol America A Phrydain HA10620

Argyfwng, Gwrthryfel A Ffydd Yn Ewrop C.1000-1540 HA10820

Oes Y Fictoriaid HA13820

Age Of Magna Carta-england And Its Neighbours C1180-c1280 HY12520

Three Queens And Their Subjects HY12720

Britain And The First World War HY13220

Modernity And The Making Of Asia HY15220

From Revolution To World War: Wales 1789-1914 WH11620

Year 2 Options Year Two students MUST TAKE the 20-credit core module in semester one (through medium of English or Welsh):

Semester 1

Llunio Hanes HA30120

Making History HY30120

Year 2 Options Year Two students MUST TAKE one 20-credit SURVEY module in Semester One:

Semester 1

Concro'r Byd: Tŵf A Chwymp Ymerodraethau Prydain A Ffrainc HA31820

The Challenge To Christendom HY31020

Early Modernity In Europe HY31120

War & Society In History HY31620

Year 2 Options Year Two students MUST TAKE one 20-credit SKILLS module in Semester Two:

Semester 2

Gwrando Ar Hanes: Y Mudiad Hawliau Sifil Yn America HA34720

Investigating Georgian And Victorian Landscapes HY32720

History As Myth-making: The 'myth Of The Blitz' HY33420

Germans And Nazism Since 1933: Reading Public Opinion Surveys, Diaries And Memoirs HY33520

Image Wars In Southeast Asia: Studying 20th Century Propaganda HY33720

Journalism And The Writing Of History HY33920

Medieval Chronicles: Historical Writing In The British Isles 540-1300 HY34020

History In Cartoons: Studying Georgian Satirical Prints HY34320

Seals In Their Context In Medieval England And Wales HY34420

Exploring Nineteenth-century Exhibitions HY34620

Year 2 Options Year Two students should choose 60-credits worth of OPTIONAL modules in the Department of History and Welsh History (though students may opt to take up to 20-credits outside the Department if they wish):

Semester 1

Gwrthdaro A Chydfodolaeth: Cymru O’r Normaniaid Hyd Glyndŵr HC32220

Oes Yr Ymerodraeth: Prydain Ac Iwerddon, 1850-1914 HC34320

East & West In The Age Of Crusades, C. 1070 - C. 1290 HY35120

Politics And Society In Twentieth-century Britain HY37620

Science, Religion And Magic HY38620

Germany Since 1945 HY39620

The Atlantic World, 1492-1825 HY39720

Rhyfel Algeria 1952-1964 IE20420

An Age Of Empire: Britain And Ireland, 1850-1914 WH34320

Semester 2

Trosedd, Terfysg A Moesoldeb Yng Nghymru 1750-1850 HC33420

The British Isles And The ‘english Revolution’ HY35720

From Black Death To Great Fire: The British Town 1349-1700 HY36120

War, Famine And Plague: England In The Fourteenth Century HY36720

Expansion, Intervention And Influence: The United States As A Continental Power HY39120

Culture, Society And The Victorians HY39320

The Soviet Union And The World, 1917-1991 HY39520

Crime, Riot And Morality In Wales 1750-1850 WH33420

Civil War And Revolution In Stuart Wales, 1603-1714 WH36220

Final Year Options FINAL YEAR single honours students MUST TAKE the DISSERTATION module which runs over semesters one and two (through the medium of English or Welsh):

Semester 1

Traethawd Estynedig HA30300

Dissertation HY30300

Semester 2

Traethawd Estynedig HA30340

Dissertation HY30340

Final Year Options Final Year students MUST TAKE one 20-credit SURVEY module in Semester One:

Semester 1

Concro'r Byd: Tŵf A Chwymp Ymerodraethau Prydain A Ffrainc HA31820

The Challenge To Christendom HY31020

Early Modernity In Europe HY31120

War & Society In History HY31620

Final Year Options Final Year students MUST TAKE two co-requisite 20-credit SPECIAL SUBJECT modules (the first part running in semester one and the complementary module in semester two):

Semester 1

Milwyr, Myfyrwyr A Masnachwyr: Teithio A Symudedd Yn Ewrop Ganoloesol (rhan 1) HP34520

Ritual, Kingship And Power In Norman And Angevin England: Methods, Sources & Actors (part 1) HQ33120

Gender In History: The Early Modern Experience (part 1) HQ35220

British Society And The French Revolution, 1789-1795: Initial Reactions (part 1) HQ36420

Romantic Wales, 1780-1847 (part 1) HQ36820

Britain At War 1939-45 (part 1) HQ37520

Stalin And Stalinism (part 1) HQ37920

The Third Reich (part 1): Building The Dictatorship. Regime And Society In Nazi Germany, 1933-1939 HQ38320

The Vietnam War (part 1) HQ38520

Semester 2

Milwyr, Myfyrwyr A Masnachwyr: Teithio A Symudedd Yn Ewrop Ganoloesol (rhan 2) HP34620

Ritual, Kingship And Power In Norman And Angevin England: Methods, Sources & Actors (part 2) HQ33220

Gender In History: The Early Modern Experience (part 2) HQ35320

British Society And The French Revolution, 1795-1803: The Revolutionary Wars And Napoleon (part 2) HQ36520

Romantic Wales, 1780-1847 (part 2) HQ36920

Britain At War 1939-45 (part 2) HQ37620

Stalin And Stalinism (part 2) HQ38020

The Third Reich (part 2): War And The Holocaust, 1939-1945 HQ38420

The Vietnam War (part 2) HQ38620

Final Year Options Final Year students should choose one 20-credit OPTION module in either semester:

Semester 1

Gwrthdaro A Chydfodolaeth: Cymru O’r Normaniaid Hyd Glyndŵr HC32220

Oes Yr Ymerodraeth: Prydain Ac Iwerddon, 1850-1914 HC34320

East & West In The Age Of Crusades, C. 1070 - C. 1290 HY35120

Politics And Society In Twentieth-century Britain HY37620

Science, Religion And Magic HY38620

Germany Since 1945 HY39620

The Atlantic World, 1492-1825 HY39720

Rhyfel Algeria 1952-1964 IE20420

An Age Of Empire: Britain And Ireland, 1850-1914 WH34320

Semester 2

Trosedd, Terfysg A Moesoldeb Yng Nghymru 1750-1850 HC33420

The British Isles And The ‘english Revolution’ HY35720

From Black Death To Great Fire: The British Town 1349-1700 HY36120

War, Famine And Plague: England In The Fourteenth Century HY36720

Expansion, Intervention And Influence: The United States As A Continental Power HY39120

Culture, Society And The Victorians HY39320

The Soviet Union And The World, 1917-1991 HY39520

Crime, Riot And Morality In Wales 1750-1850 WH33420

Civil War And Revolution In Stuart Wales, 1603-1714 WH36220

Employability

Career Prospects

Many graduates of Aberystwyth’s Department of History and Welsh History have gone into careers that are directly related to their degree subject – such as teaching, research or working in an archive or museum. Many other graduates have gone into diverse careers including accountancy, banking, marketing, administration, public relations, the computer industry, local government, the police force, social work and journalism. Students of History develop transferable skills – such as independent analytical thought, research, self-motivation and written and oral communication skills – that are attractive to employers in a variety of fields. This gives our graduates great flexibility in their choice of career.

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in History and Economic and Social History will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include: 

• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
• effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills
• the ability to work independently
• time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
• self-motivation and self-reliance
• team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement
 • research skills

Year in Employment scheme (YES)
The University operates a Year in Employment Scheme (YES), which offers you a fantastic opportunity to take a year out between your second and third year to work in an organisation in the UK or overseas. YES provides a very rewarding and worthwhile experience, both personally and professionally, and can help you to stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market. The University’s Career Service will help you to explore your options and secure a suitable work placement.

GO Wales
GO Wales is administered by the University’s Career Service, working with local businesses to create paid work placements of a few weeks’ duration for students. It gives you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience which will enhance your CV and make you more attractive to potential employers.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

On this course you will divide your time equally between studying social and economic history and a choice of other historical topics. There will be some core modules, designed to ease the transition from school to university and to develop key skills, but you will also have a wide choice of option modules covering a range of topics and historical periods. The course will be taught through a variety of methods, including large-group lectures, interactive small-group seminars and individual tutorials. We are committed to student-led, innovative teaching, treating each student as an individual and helping you to fulfil your potential. As well as receiving one-to-one attention in tutorials you will also be assigned a personal tutor who is responsible for your welfare and can be contacted if you have any problems or questions.

Among many skills you will learn: to develop your powers of analysis and critical reflection; to engage with and evaluate critical debates; to develop your own arguments and present them in oral and written work; to critically assess major political, economic, social and cultural developments in particular historical periods; to analyse and evaluate primary sources; to work collaboratively and independently and to manage your time effectively.

Most modules will be assessed through essays and exams – both timed exams and takeaway exams that can be completed independently over several days. Some modules include other forms of assessment such as individual projects and oral history interviews. In your final year you will have the opportunity to undertake sustained independent research for a dissertation on a topic of your choice, either relating to social and economic history or another historical theme.

You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.

You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.

Student Views

I love 'History' because it's the perfect course for people who enjoy history, but don’t know what areas and periods of History they prefer most. I came to University in this position, but this course allows you to discover this by offering you a chance to study many different periods. During my time I have studied many different eras and events, from the Black Death and Medieval Wales, right up to British Politics in the twentieth century. I love History because it does not constrain you like other courses and allows you to discover your true inner Historian. Christopher Pines

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Key Facts

UCAS Code: V390

Please note that the tariff below may not apply during Clearing. Contact us on 0800 121 40 80 or fill in the form above for more information.

Tariff Required: 300 - 320

Entry Requirements: Grade B in any A level subject required. GCSE: Grade C in English or Welsh.

Course Length: 3 Years

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