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History and Philosophy (BA) (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)



Full-time 2019 entry, BBB

What sort of knowledge is historical knowledge? Should we understand philosophical ideas as merely reflecting
the world in which they are developed, or do they play a leading role in changing it?

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This course will help you understand the importance of thinking critically about how we know and experience the world, and recognise the importance of linking precision in thought and analysis to a grounded understanding of different historical periods. You’ll learn to consider ideas for their own sake while recognising that they are developed in particular contexts, for particular purposes, and reflect the conditions under which they are produced.

Core first-year History modules will introduce you to the study of modern history in a global context and help you develop research skills, while Philosophy modules examine Descartes and Mill, logic and scientific method. In subsequent years you will have a wide range of choice from across the curriculum of both Departments, with a single compulsory module in the second year examining changing ideas of the relationship between philosophy and history.

Current History options examine topics such as American historical cinema, gender, madness and conflict. Philosophy options available to current students include Origins of Mind, Crime and Punishment, and Metaphysics. You may complete an optional dissertation in your third year in a topic of your choice related to either subject.

Teaching is delivered through lectures, seminars and tutorials, web forums, podcasts, workshops, presentations, film analysis, group work and field trips. For core modules there are usually two lectures and one hour-long seminar per week, and for optional modules one lecture per week plus weekly or fortnightly seminars. Seminar groups are small, providing a valuable opportunity for you to work closely with your lecturers. Many modules focus on well-established themes in political, religious, cultural or social history while others explore topics far removed from the usual A level syllabus.

You’ll be taught in a variety of ways, through a combination of lectures, seminars, and tutorials alongside assigned reading. Our tutors also use film, visits to archives, libraries and museums, and other types of field trips to bring modules to life. This is best exemplified by our tutors in Venice, who use the city, its geography, and its art and architecture in their teaching.

Contact hours

For core modules in first year there are usually two lectures and an hour-long seminar per week, and for optional modules one lecture per week plus weekly or fortnightly seminars.

You will receive regular feedback throughout your course on developmental assignments and assessed essays, and will sit end-of-year exams. During your third year study is heavily weighted towards seminar teaching and includes an individually supervised 9,000-word dissertation. We consider feedback on written work to be an essential part of our teaching. Throughout the year you will have the opportunity to attend feedback tutorials following the submission of your essays.

History students choosing the Renaissance and Early Modern stream on arrival at Warwick spend the autumn term of their final year studying with Warwick tutors in Venice. All students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year abroad at one of our partner universities. The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.

Our Careers and Skills department offer a wide range of workshops, from developing confidence and interview techniques to learning how to articulate what you have to offer in order to impress potential employers. Online resources are also available, including a CV and covering letter example library, practice aptitude and psychometric tests, online interview training and resources to help you research job vacancies.

You will also be able to book an appointment with a careers advisor for History at any point during your degree, whether you have no idea what you want to do, or if you have a clear direction in mind and need specific advice and guidance.

A level: BBB to include History

You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

    • Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

    • Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.
    • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
    • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
    • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

      Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

      Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year 1
Making of the Modern World

This module contextualises later modern history by providing a framework in which major historical processes of the later modern era are studied on a worldwide scale. The module moves away from a Eurocentric and narrative focus, and provides more scope for historical approaches based on culture, identity and environmental history. Central features of the module are:

• The Enlightenment, Revolutions & Modernity

• Modern Ideologies: Liberalism, Socialism and Fascism

• Industrialisation and the Problem of Global Inequality

• Imperialism, Globalization, and Questions of Race

During this module, you'll develop your writing, analytical and critical skills through writing essays and evaluating a range of materials including oral history, film, music and architecture.

Logic 1: Introduction to Symbolic Logic

This module introduces you to formal (i.e., symbolic) logic, covering both propositional and first-order logic. You will study formal languages, and learn how they allow for precise definitions of central logical notions such as the logical validity of an argument. You will learn methods for establishing the validity and invalidity of an argument, and also learn how to translate English sentences into formal language ones and vice versa.

Any first-year History module

Year 2
Individual, Polis and Society: Philosophical Reflections in History

In studying closely a range 18th- and early-19th-century texts, you will address philosophical questions relating to the construction of identity, political realism and idealism, and the emerging concept of society. You will combine this with reflections on the changing styles of painting, architecture and fashion of the period. In learning how, as historians, we approach major writings of the period, you will interrogate the importance of historical context in critical readings of such sources, and develop your appreciation and understanding of how different lines of argument interact.

History of Modern Philosophy

You will discover the metaphysical and epistemological ideas of great Empiricist philosophers Locke, Berkeley and Hume on substance, qualities, ideas, causation and perception. You will then explore Kant's ideas, including metaphysics, space, self-awareness, causation, scepticism and freedom. You will develop skills in critical engagement, articulating your own views of the relative strengths and weaknesses of these arguments and interpreting key philosophical ideas.

History second-year option module

Philosophy second-year option module

Year 3
  • Pathway 1 (25% History, 75% Philosophy)
  • Pathway 2 (75% History, 25% Philosophy)
  • Pathway 3 (50% History, 50% Philosophy)

Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:
  • Reason, Argument & Analysis
  • Dissertation (History or Philosophy)
  • Truth, Consequence and Paradox
  • Knowledge, Nature and Power in Early Modern Europe
It’s important that the skills and experiences you gain from your degree prepare you for life – including the career path you take. Our students graduate with a range of transferable skills. These typically include the following:
    • Excellent written and communication skills
    • Ability to assimilate and analyse large amounts of data
    • Intellectual rigour and independence in presenting findings
    • Ability to construct arguments and communicate findings
    • Competent research skills
    • Capability to work independently and as part of a team
    • Proficiency to deliver work to agreed deadlines
    • Capacity to solve problems, think creatively and approach challenges with an open mind
    • Knowledge and understanding of different factors that impact on individuals and groups in society

    Recent graduate destinations include:

    Account Executive, Analyst, Author, Broadcast Assistant, Business Analyst, Civil Servant, Community Organiser, Corporate Account Executive, Data Analyst, Digital Marketing Executive, Events Executive, HR Project Coordinator, NGO Programme Coordinator, Production Assistant, Research Assistant, Tax Graduate Trainee, Teacher, Writer/Editor.

    Employers include:
    Accenture, BBC, Barclays Bank Plc, Condé Nast UK, Deloitte, EY, House of Commons, KPMG, Macmillan Cancer Support, Ministry of Justice, Ofcom, Penna, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Severn Trent Plc, Surrey County Council, Tesco.

    Entry Requirements

    A level BBB to include History

    UCAS Code

    Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

    3 years full time (4 years full-time with study abroad)

    Start Date

    October 2019

    Location of study
    University of Warwick

    Other course costs

    There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information please see the Additional Costs page.

    Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.