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BA (Hons) Politics and History

UCAS code: 
L290
Institution code: 
S82
Location: 
Ipswich

Duration: 

Three years full-time.

Six years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

112 UCAS tariff points (or above)
BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Please see Entry Requirements below.

Next available intake: September 2020

Introduction

During a period of profound and unprecedented political upheaval, a degree in politics and history will equip you with the skills necessary to lead and succeed in a changing world.

Combining your politics degree with the study of history is a smart choice. Everyday politics at local, national and international level provides the material out of which history comes to be understood.

As well as exploring British and international political structures, our course offers a distinct focus on ‘political action’ across party politics, campaigns and community politics, all within the context of history.

Throughout the course, we maintain a critical focus on how political ideas and policies have translated into ‘real, felt’ political action and outcomes ‘on the ground’. This includes relating theory to issues of historical and contemporary social justice and social policy.

Politics and history graduates have an important range of analytical and organisational skills applicable to many graduate opportunities. Jobs directly related to this degree include Government and Civil Service roles, covering public affairs, consultancy and research. Jobs in the field of marketing, media, public relations, and local government are also popular.

The political landscape is changing. New relationships are being forged between the left and right, and between localism, nationalism and globalism, but there are always lessons to learn from the past. There has never been a more exciting time to study this degree.

Course modules

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Social Science Research Skills (Mandatory)

This module aims to give students an introduction to a broad range of social science research methods, in addition to developing a range of university skills.

History of Political Thought (Mandatory)

This module introduces the important ideas in the history of political thought from Aristotle to Marx and J.S. Mill. It then explores political and social order, legitimacy, justice, power, authority, rights, liberty, sovereignty, and democracy as developed in the 19th and 20th century.

Current Political Disputes (Requisite)

This module aims to explore a range of specific disputes or problems at the local, national, regional and global level. Through the exploration of historical context and relevant political ideas and concepts students can get to grips with the complexity of political concepts.

The British Story, 1780-1985 (Optional)

Explore the dramatic changes within society, culture, politics, national identity, the economy, population size and structure, global reach and influence that marked the British Story 1780-1985.

The Rise of the West, 1500-1905 (Optional)

This module explores why a handful of nation–states concentrated in north-western Europe came to hold such seemingly total and globe-spanning power by 1905, yet hardly existed in 1500.

The Decline of the West? 1905-2001 (Optional)

Has ‘the West’ declined compared to ‘the Rest’ since the start of the twentieth century? Explore conflicting sources and perspectives as the story of the West plays out across the twentieth century. More on The Decline of the West?

Politics and Policy (Optional)

This module will introduce students to political concepts, principles and operation of politics in the UK. It will provide allow politics to be viewed through the range of responses to social issues and problems, in particular those perceived as being related to crime and deviance.

Grassroots Politics and Activism (Optional)

This module outlines the key elements of political organisation and offers the chance to engage in small group projects exploring the important practical nature of doing politics understood in its widest way.

Secondary Quantitative Data Analysis (Mandatory)

Understanding and ability to conduct a secondary quantitative data analysis is very useful to students of social sciences. This module continues on from the level 4 Social Science Research Skills Module, looking to provide students with the skills to carry out research of sufficient quality and rigour to complete their own independent studies.

Qualitative Research Design and Analysis (Mandatory)

Qualitative Research Design and Analysis serves as a basis for the Dissertation research at Level 6, providing students with the opportunity to develop and apply skills in managing, collecting, analysing and reporting qualitative data. Students will identify and discuss ethical considerations relating to qualitative research.

Contemporary Political Theory (Requisite)

The module studies the rise and evolution of a number of systems of thought such as Marxism and post-Marxism, post-colonialism and the critique of eurocentrism in political thought, Liberalism and Neoliberalism, Conservatism and Neo-conservatism, as well as the dark side of the 20th century by looking at Nazism, Fascism, Neo-Nazism, and racism. You will have the opportunity to explore questions such as the restriction of the citizens’ rights in the name of security and safety, civil disobedience, global warning, the rise of populism, the effect of identity politics on the public sphere, the politics of austerity, animal welfare and others.

Political Argumentation and Persuasion (Optional)

This module will develop a range of skills relating to organisation and communication with a particular focus on argument and negotiation. In this way, the module deals with a central question of the mechanisms by which politics takes place. The module will use case studies and group work to develop skills and provides a key element of the University of Suffolk approach to politics.

Social Justice and Policy (Optional)

This module examines the nature of social justice and the range of social policies that have sought to make societies more just. Key themes are the welfare state in its broadest conception from housing to education to health to income transfers to pensions to legal aid.

Political Sociology (Optional)

This module critically explores the major currents of Political Sociology. We aim to identify key topics, concepts and theorists that are highly influential in contemporary scholarship in this field. The starting point is to analyse the relations between state, society, and political agents in the contemporary world.

Globalisation (Optional)

This module intends to examine definitions of globalisation, the dimensions of globalisation and the evidence to evaluate the extent to which globalisation is now a key element in important aspects of social life. This module will allow students of sociology should be able to engage with these debates by evaluating a range of data and arguments about globalisation.

Political Discourse (Optional)

The module introduces students to the important role of language in politics. It explores the role of speech, words, phrases, and images in politics.

Europe in the Age of Total War 1914-45 (Optional)

Should we examine the period 1914-1945 as an ongoing ‘great civil war’ between competing ideologies, rather than as a period of two world wars separated by an uneasy peace? 

Sex and Gender in British Society since 1500 (Optional)

How and why have ideas about what it means to be male or female changed over the past 500 years and how has this shaped the experiences of both men and women?

The Cold War (Optional)

This module explores the international origins, course and consequences of the Cold War, from the end of the Second World War to 1991 (and beyond).

Dissertation (Mandatory)

The Research Dissertation gives students the opportunity to expand learning and develop interests in a particular topic. Students will critique research by others and will reflect on their own work, moving students from a theoretical knowledge of research toward a more informed level of skill and application.

Comparative Politics (Optional)

Comparative politics is about exploring how different human communities make decisions. Most decisions still take place within nation states and the aim of comparative politics is to allow for an understanding of different ways that people organize their politics or have them organized by others for them. This module will allow students to develop a knowledge of the operation of other European and Asian political systems. It will allow an exploration of different forms of democratic and authoritarian government.

International Development (Optional)

The increase in levels of human development along a range of measures is one of the largest consequences of changes over the last 50 years. This module will examine the very real tensions between globalisation that increases inequality and globalisation that increases human development.

A History of Genocide (Optional)

Explore the causes and course of various episodes of genocide throughout world history, including particular case studies focusing on the Native Americans, Armenia, the Jewish Holocaust, Cambodia and Rwanda. 

Suffolk at War, 1914-1993 (Optional)
Gender, War and Empire in British Society 1780-1930 (Optional)

How did the ideas Britons held about gender shape their experiences of war and empire and vice versa? We'll explore themes such as: heroism, propaganda, slavery, consumption, race and sexuality, suffrage and emigration. 

Gender and Sexuality (Optional)

Gender and sexuality are an everyday experience for most people and impact on their daily lives. However, great complexity surrounds gender and sexuality in a contemporary society and culture. The module will consider theoretical aspects, as well as, it will look at different ways of researching gender and sexuality.

Career opportunities

A degree in Politics and History opens the door to many careers and further study. Around 60% of graduate jobs are open to graduates of any discipline and Politics and History graduates are well equipped with the advanced skills and confidence to thrive in a variety of occupations.

Politics and History graduates go on to careers in teaching and academia, archive and library services, the museum and heritage industries, the civil service, local and national government, media and advertising, publishing and journalism, human resources and management, finance and industry and many more.

Politics and History students have a valuable reputation amongst employers for being ideas orientated, good at problem solving, possessing good analytical and research skills, being able to marshal, synthesise and prioritise large quantities of data effectively, communicate clearly, work independently or as part of a team, and above all for being flexible, confident and inventive.

'Employability' is taken very seriously at the University of Suffolk and innovations such as our work-placement module in the final year will help to equip you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to prosper in the jobs marketplace.

Fees and finance

2019-20

  • Full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information)
  • International tuition fee: £11,790 p.a.

Further Information                                                       

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Applicants are expected to hold GCSE English and mathematics at grade 4/C or above.

Also see How to Apply.

International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU.  

Transferring Credit

If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.

Staff

Senior Lecturer in Politics

Associate Professor in History

Lecturer in History

Associate Professor in Sociology

Senior Lecturer

Lecturer in Sociology

Lecturer in History

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Associate Professor in Criminology