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Modern History and Politics

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Please note that this is a Welsh-medium course and that the description below is a translation of the Welsh course profile.

Our Politics and Modern History degree scheme focuses on politics and recent history by placing the study of ideas and political institutions in the context of understanding historical developments. The course combines the expertise of political scientists and historians in a course that has an integrated structure that will allow you to choose from a wide range of modules. The teaching will be shared between the Department of International Politics and the Department of History and Welsh History, both of which have an excellent name for teaching and research work in their respective fields.

Course Overview

Why study Politics and Modern History at Aberystwyth?

  • The course is taught in two departments that have a long history of teaching: the Department of International Politics was established in 1919 after the end of the First World War, and was the first department in the world to offer the study of International Politics at university level; History has been taught in Aberystwyth since 1872, making it the most established department in Wales and one of the foremost in the UK.
  • Our teaching is innovative, research-based and designed to train you in the skills of interpretation, analysis, and communication - skills that are valued in the workplace. 
  • In choosing Aberystwyth, you will become part of a close-knit and supportive community of students and staff, and you will have access to excellent teaching and research facilities.
  • Our commitment to getting to know all our students sets us apart and is integral to our degree schemes. We provide teaching in small groups, including one-to-one tutorials and seminar-only courses, such as our skills and special subject modules.
  • The lecturers who teach the subject are enthusiastic and committed to providing an excellent, innovative and dynamic teaching environment for our students. We have received high praise from our students in the National Student Survey (NSS).
  • There is a copyright library near the campus - the National Library of Wales.
  • You will have opportunities to take part in our prestigious Parliamentary Placement Scheme with an MP (House of Commons, Westminster) or an MS (Welsh Senedd, Cardiff)  
  • You will have an opportunity to contribute to the oldest student-run International Politics magazine in the UK - Interstate.
Our Staff

Staff in the Department of History and Welsh History are active researchers and experts in their field of History. Most are qualified to PhD level and hold PGCHE. To find out more about our staff visit, please visit our departmental staff page.

Lecturers in the Department of International Politics are all research active and qualified to PhD level, and most also have a PGCHE.

Modules September start - 2022

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.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
People and Power: Understanding Comparative Politics Today IQ23920 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
An Age of Empire: Britain and Ireland, 1850-1914 HY26920 20
Between Revolution and Reform: China since 1800 HY28520 20
Crime, Riot and Morality in Wales 1750-1850 WH23420 20
Culture, Society and the Victorians HY29320 20
European Society and the Medieval Mind 1200-1500 HY25820 20
From Poor Law to Welfare State: Poverty and Welfare in Modern Britain, 1815-1948 HY29220 20
Knighthood and Chivalry in high medieval England, 1066-1300 HY20420 20
Media and Society in Twentieth Century Britain HY27520 20
Modern American History HY28320 20
Modern Japan: From Samurai to Salary Men HY29820 20
Modern Welsh Society, 1868-1950 WH24420 20
Science, Religion and Magic HY28620 20
The Atlantic World, 1492-1825 HY29720 20
The British Isles in the Long Eighteenth Century HY22020 20
The European Reformation HY26520 20
The Great Divergence: Europe and Asia, c.1300-c.1800 HY26320 20
The Making of Europe: Christendom and beyond, c. 1000-1300 HY25720 20
The Nazi Dictatorship: Regime and Society in Germany 1933-1945 HY29420 20
The Rise of Modern Medicine, c.1750-2000 HY27320 20
The Tudors: A European Dynasty? HY20920 20
Wales and the Kings of Britain: Conflict, Power and Identities in the British Isles 1039-1417 WH20120 20
Wales under the Tudors WH23520 20
American History skills module HY25020 20
Dread and Despair? Living with Disability in the Middle Ages HY23320 20
Exploring Nineteenth-Century Exhibitions HY24620 20
From Babylon Berlin to Hollywood: movies as sources for cultural history HY24920 20
History as myth-Making: the 'Myth of the Blitz' HY23420 20
Image Wars in Southeast Asia: Studying 20th Century Propaganda HY23720 20
Memory, Myth and History: Investigating Medieval Chronicles, c. 1000-1250 HY24120 20
A Century of Conflict: Global warfare 1918–2018 IQ25920 20
A War on the Mind: Propaganda and Secret Intelligence from the Great War to the 21st Century IP28320 20
America at War: A Military History of the United States IP26920 20
Britain and Ireland in War and Peace since 1800 IP28820 20
Capitalism and International Politics IQ22820 20
Climate Change Politics IP21420 20
Climate Change and International Politics in the Anthropocene IP20720 20
Contemporary Latin America IP28720 20
Contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa: Key Issues Today IP20520 20
Economic Diplomacy and Leadership IQ24320 20
European Security in 21st Century IP23620 20
Fear, Cooperation and Trust in World Politics IQ22920 20
Global Inequality and World Politics IQ24120 20
Global Politics and the Refugee Regime IQ25520 20
International Politics and Global Development IP29220 20
International Politics and the Nuclear Age IP20420 20
International Relations: Perspectives and Debates IP20120 20
Intervention and Humanitarianism IQ20220 20
Justice, Order, Human Rights IQ21720 20
Multiculturalism in Policy and Practice IQ23720 20
NATO: From Cold War to Hybrid War IP23320 20
Nationalism in Theory and Practice IP29920 20
Political Theory IP22220 20
Refugee Simulation IQ25620 20
Russian intelligence from Lenin to Putin IQ24920 20
Science, Technology, and International Relations IP23020 20
Strategy, Intelligence and Security in International Politics IQ25120 20
Terrorism & Counter Terrorism in the Modern World: Policing, Intelligence & War IP24520 20
The Arab-Israeli Wars IP21320 20
The British Army’s Image in Battle, from the Crimea to the Present IQ20920 20
The Century of the Superpowers and the Global Cold War IQ25220 20
The EU: Politics, Policies, Problems IP23820 20
The Governance of Climate Change: Simulation Module IP22320 20
The Making of National Security Policy IP23720 20
The Past and Present US Intelligence IP26020 20
The Second World War in Europe IP26420 20
Trade Wars and the Liberal Order IQ21620 20
UK Politics Today: A Union Under Strain? IQ23820 20
Warfare after Waterloo: Military History 1815-1918 IP25320 20
Women and Global Development IP29620 20
Women and Military Service IP21620 20

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
A Century of Conflict: Global warfare 1918-2018 IQ35920 20
A War on the Mind: Propaganda and Secret Intelligence from the Great War to the 21st Century IP38320 20
America At War: a Military History of the United States IP36920 20
Britain and Ireland in War and Peace since 1800 IP38820 20
Capitalism and International Politics IQ32820 20
Climate Change Politics IP31420 20
Climate Change and International Politics in the Anthropocene IP30720 20
Contemporary Latin America IP38720 20
Contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa IP30520 20
Devolution and Wales IP35020 20
Economic Diplomacy and Leadership IQ34320 20
European Security in the 21st Century IP33620 20
Fear, Cooperation and Trust in World Politics IQ32920 20
Global Inequality and World Politics IQ34120 20
Global Politics and the Refugee Regime IQ35520 20
International Politics and the Nuclear Age IP30420 20
Intervention and Humanitarianism IQ30220 20
Justice, Order, Human Rights IQ31720 20
Multiculturalism in Policy and Practice IQ33720 20
NATO: From Cold War to Hybrid War IP33320 20
Nationalism in Theory and Practice IP39920 20
Political Theory IP32220 20
Refugee Simulation IQ35620 20
Science, Technology, and International Relations IP33020 20
Terrorism & Counter Terrorism in the Modern World: Policing, Intelligence & War IP34520 20
The Arab Israeli Wars IP31320 20
The British Army’s Image in Battle, from the Crimean to the Present IQ30920 20
The Century of the Superpowers and the Global Cold War IQ35220 20
The European Union: Politics, Policies, Problems IP33820 20
The Making of National Security Policy IP33720 20
The Past and Present of US Intelligence IP36020 20
The Second World War in Europe IP36420 20
Trade Wars and the Liberal Order IQ31620 20
UK Politics Today: A Union Under Strain? IQ33820 20
Women and Global Development IP39620 20
Women and Military Service IP31620 20
Dissertation HY30340 40
An Age of Empire: Britain and Ireland, 1850-1914 HY36920 20
Between Revolution and Reform: China since 1800 HY38520 20
Crime, Riot and Morality in Wales 1750-1850 WH33420 20
Culture, Society and the Victorians HY39320 20
European Society and the Medieval Mind 1200-1500 HY35820 20
From Poor Law to Welfare State: Poverty and Welfare in Modern Britain, 1815-1948 HY39220 20
Globalising Post-War Germany(s) 1945-2015 HY39520 20
Knighthood and Chivalry in high medieval England, 1066-1300 HY30420 20
Media and Society in Twentieth Century Britain HY37520 20
Modern American History HY38820 20
Modern Japan: From Samurai to Salary Men HY39820 20
Modern Welsh Society, 1868-1950 WH34420 20
Science, Religion and Magic HY38620 20
The Atlantic World, 1492-1825 HY39720 20
The British Isles in the Long Eighteenth Century HY30120 20
The European Reformation HY36520 20
The Great Divergence: Europe and Asia, c.1300-c.1800 HY36320 20
The Making of Europe: Christendom and beyond, c. 1000-1300 HY35720 20
The Nazi Dictatorship: Regime and Society in Germany 1933-1945 HY39420 20
The Rise of Modern Medicine, c.1750-2000 HY37320 20
The Tudors: A European Dynasty? HY30920 20
Wales and the Kings of Britain: Conflict, Power and Identities in the British Isles 1039-1417 WH30120 20
Wales under the Tudors WH33520 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Careers

Beth allaf i ei wneud gyda gradd mewn BA Gwleidyddiaeth a Hanes Modern?

Mae ein graddedigion wedi bod yn llwyddiannus yn sicrhau proffesiwn mewn llawer o feysydd gwahanol:

  • Addysg
  • Y Gyfraith
  • Archifwyr
  • Cyhoeddwyr
  • Gwleidyddion
  • Gweision Sifil
  • Y Cyfryngau
  • Y Lluoedd Arfog
  • Entrepreneuriaid.

Fel adran, rydym ni’n falch iawn o’n cyn-fyfyrwyr nodedig ac uchel eu parch:

Dr Tîm Brain, cyn Brif Gwnstabl Swydd Gaerloyw

Guto Bebb, Aelod Seneddol

Dr Joanne Cayford, BBC

Berwyn Davies, Pennaeth Swyddfa Addysg Uwch Cymru ym Mrwsel

Iwan Griffiths, Gohebydd chwaraeon S4C.

Pa gyfleoedd sydd ar gael am brofiad gwaith pan fyddwch yn astudio? 

Cliciwch yma i ddysgu am y gwahanol gyfleoedd y mae tîm Gyrfaoedd Prifysgol Aberystwyth yn eu cynnig.

Gwella'ch cyfleoedd cyflogaeth gyda GO Wales a BMG (y cynllun Blwyddyn mewn Gwaith) sy'n cael eu rheoli gan ein hadran Gyrfaoedd. 

Lleoliadau myfyrwyr yn y sector treftadaeth

Mae gan ein hadran gysylltiadau cryf gyda’r sector treftadaeth, a phortffolio sefydledig o leoliadau myfyrwyr. Yn y gorffennol, mae myfyrwyr wedi treulio hyd at dair wythnos yn Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru (gan gynnwys cyfleoedd cyfrwng Cymraeg), Comisiwn Brenhinol Henebion Cymru, a Chymdeithas yr Hynafiaethwyr yn Llundain. Mae’r lleoliadau hyn yn cynnig cyfle i gael profiad ymarferol a dealltwriaeth o’r sector treftadaeth, ac yn werthfawr iawn ar unrhyw CV!

Trydar gan fyfyrwyr ar leoliad yn 2014 gyda Chymdeithas yr Hynafiaethwyr:

‘Wedi gweld tri chopi o’r Magna Carta ar unwaith heddiw!’ ‘Clod i Brifysgol Aber am fy helpu i gael y lleoliad – methu aros tan fory’

Cyfleoedd rhyngwladol: Erasmus a’r rhaglen Astudio Dramor

Mae cael amrywiaeth o brofiadau’n bwysig ar gyfer bywyd ar ôl y brifysgol, ac mae cynlluniau Erasmus neu Astudio Dramor yn cynnig cyfleoedd rhagorol. Mae Hanes a Hanes Cymru wedi sefydlu rhaglenni cyfnewid Erasmus gyda phrifysgolion yn yr Almaen, Prâg, Budapest a Norwy. Mae gan yr Adran gysylltiadau gyda nifer o golegau yn America hefyd. https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/international/study-abroad/

Mentora gan gyn-fyfyrwyr a sgyrsiau graddedigion:

Bydd y Cynllun Mentora gan Gyn-fyfyrwyr yn eich galluogi i gysylltu â graddedigion o’r gorffennol mewn amrywiaeth o yrfaoedd mewn amgylchedd diogel a chefnogol. Mae Hanes a Hanes Cymru hefyd yn trefnu sgyrsiau gan gyn-fyfyrwyr ar wahanol gyfnodau yn eu gyrfaoedd. Ymhlith y sgyrsiau diweddar mae ‘O’r brifysgol i yrfa ym maes treftadaeth ddiwylliannol: y camau cyntaf’ a gyflwynwyd gan gyn-fyfyriwr a raddiodd yn ddiweddar sydd bellach wedi sicrhau lle ar gynllun hyfforddi uchel ei fri yn Oriel y Tate.

Course Content

What will you learn?

The core modules on this degree focus on developing basic research skills as well as developing an understanding of hisiographical matters, and core political issues and ideas.

In your first year you will discover:

  • studying history skills
  • new methods and periods
  • the most exciting recent work in the fields of history and politics.

In your second year you will explore:

  • historical methods (how the discipline of history has changed over time in terms of its meaning, methods and writing about it)
  • political theory
  • early modernism in Europe
  • war and society in history.

In your third year you will study:

  • romantic Wales
  • gender in history
  • British society and the French revolution
  • Napoleon
  • Britain at war
  • the Third Reich
  • the Vietnam war
  • ritual, kingship and power in Anglican and Norman England.

How will you be taught?

  • On this course you'll be taught through a combination of lectures and seminars. In the lectures a subject is introduced and key mattes are discussed, and in seminars you will join a smaller group of students to discuss things in a more informal way and analyse subjects in more detail. These seminars are an excellent opportunity for you to test out your own ideas and discuss your own experiences, as well as share experiences and ideas with your fellow students.
  • Both departments are committed to teaching through individual tutorials and small group seminars, alongside traditional lectures, and we also deliver high-quality innovative teaching which will help you to reach your potential. Doing some reading before coming to seminars will mean that you're able to take a full part in the discussions and idea-sharing activities that will take place. The small number of students in each seminar group will mean that you get a lot of attention from the lecturers.
  • The personal tutorials will give you an opportunity to receive individual attention and useful feedback from your lecturer on your course work. The course work will help you to develop your ability to research, analyse and present an argument in an organised and logical way.

Personal Tutor

  • A personal tutor will be allocated to you for the duration of your course, and he or she will be able to help you with any problems or questions, whether academic or personal matters. You are welcome to contact your personal tutor at any time if you need help.

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 120 - 96

A Levels BBB-CCC

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-MMM

International Baccalaureate:
30-26

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall

English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.

Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.

The University welcomes undergraduate applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma or T-level qualifications, provided that relevant subject content and learning outcomes are met. We are not able to accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas or T-levels as a general qualification for every undergraduate degree course.
Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits and offers can vary. If you would like to check the eligibility of your qualifications before submitting an application, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for advice and guidance.

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