The course content is made up of a variety of subject area strands that can be studied across all three years of the programme. At every level, there are modules relating to each strand. After taking the compulsory modules in the first year, you can choose to study across a range of strands, or specialise in particular strands. Below is a list of the strands:
African History: This strand covers the entire sweep of African history, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Emphasis is placed on internal African social, political and military developments, as well as relations between Africa and the rest of the world, with a view to understanding its complex present.
British & European History: This strand will introduce you to the interconnected histories of Britain and continental Europe. There will be a chance to rethink questions of politics, nationalism, borders and institutions as well as what makes up the disparate and common threads behind the shared experiences of the European peoples.
Historiography and Sources: This strand trains you in the historical method: what historians do, how they study the past, and what makes an historian. You will examine historical debate and historiography, fake debates (such as Holocaust denial), and the importance of primary sources. This will equip you with the skills for your final-year dissertation.
Imperial and Commonwealth History: Maritime empire forms the heart of this strand. There will be particular emphasis on Britain’s enduring role in Australia and the Caribbean. Maritime exploration as well as economic exploitation will punctuate this topic.
International History: This strand focuses on war and diplomacy in the modern era. This can include studying intelligence and national security as well as cold war international relations and major armed conflicts such as the world wars or the Arab-Israeli disputes.
Race and Gender History: This strand explores histories of race and gender in Britain and the Americas, from slavery to mancipation, patriarchy to women’s suffrage, and segregation to civil rights