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MA in Modern History


Course Director
Dr Anna Ross

MA in Modern History (P-V140)

This MA introduces you to the advanced study of the history of the modern world.

One core taught module in Term 1 provides a solid foundation in the approaches to the study of society and culture in historical context from the early modern period to the contemporary world; while a second analyses key components of ‘the modern’ as it has unfolded across the world. Optional modules explore key themes in modern history in Term 2.

You’ll be able to take advantage of the Department’s six research centres, including participating in the lively schedule of academic research seminars, lectures and conferences.

The programme will particularly appeal if you wish to acquire the conceptual and practical skills needed to conduct further research in history.

The Programme:

AUTUMN TERM

A compulsory course designed to help students acquire the methodological skills needed to undertake an extended piece of historical research and writing.

Indicative outline syllabus:

Week 1: Politics

Week 2: States, Bureaucracies, and Time

Week 3: Capitalism

Week 4: Science

Week 5: Gender

Week 6: Reading Week

Week 7: Race

Week 8: Bodies

Week 9: Subjectivity and the 'Modern' Self

Week 10: Urbanisation


SPRING TERM
  • Two Optional Modules: to be selected from options listed below (30 CATS each)
SUMMER TERM
  • Dissertation (15,000 words) (60 CATS)

Optional modules:

  • Themes and Approaches to the Historical Study of Religious Cultures (HI993)
    This team-taught one-term option complements other modules by focusing on the (vast) role of religion in early modernity. Rather than following a chronological structure or dealing with individual denominations, it examines religious issues through (a) the perspectives of different academic disciplines and (b) coverage of key themes. Students will be able to engage with the multiplicity of approaches pursued in the field more generally and by members of the History department in particular.
  • Themes and Approaches to the Historical Study of Gender and Sexuality (HI996)
    This optional module is intended to give a critical overview of one of the fastest growing and most dynamic areas of modern historical enquiry - the history of gender and sexuality. It aims to provide students with an understanding of how feminist and queer history has emerged from earlier approaches to the study of history, what makes it distinctive and what its principal strengths and weaknesses might be. It spans geographical period and chronological period.
  • Themes and Approaches to the Historical Study of Empire (HI995)
    This module draws on the considerable expertise throughout the department to consider how historians engage with the question of 'empire.' It spans geographical area and chronological period.
  • Themes and Approaches to the Historical Study of Consumption (HI994)
    This module draws on the considerable expertise throughout the department to consider how historians engage with the question of 'consumption.' It spans geographical area and chronological period.
  • Matters of Life and Death: Topics in the Medical Humanities (HI991)
    This module will address two to three topics in the history of medicine (broadly construed) selected by its students from a menu of possible options.This unusual structure gives 'Matters of Life and Death' the flexibility required to ensure that it is always focused on subjects closely related to student interests and dissertation research. Possible topics range across the expertise of teaching and research staff in the Centre for the History of Medicine, and of our Associates in the wider University context.

Please note that only those modules for which there is sufficient demand will actually run.


How to Apply:

To apply for the MA in Modern History (P-V140), please complete the University's Online Application Form

For more information on Admissions in general please see the History PG Admissions webpage.

 

 

 

 

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