History and Philosophy (BA)
What sort of knowledge is historical knowledge? How much of what we understand and feel about the world around us is the direct result of the particular history of our own culture? 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?
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.
Enabling you to follow your passion in the Arts, we are awarding Scholarships of £1,000 to home/UK students who achieve AAA or above, or equivalent qualifications if you start your course in 2020 and you have applied through UCAS, adjustment or clearing.
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.
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.
A level: AAB to include History
IB: 34 with at least a 6 in Higher Level History
BTEC: We welcome applications from students taking BTECs alongside one or two A levels, including A level History. Our typical BTEC offers are as follows:
BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate plus 2 A-Levels: D* plus AA including History
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma plus 1 A-Level: D*D* plus A in History
Additional requirements: 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).
- 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.
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.
Making of the Modern World
We live in the here and now. But what got us here? This module studies the string of major social, political, and cultural developments that established our modern world. Radical (and not so radical) ideas from the Enlightenment, the industrial revolution’s structural transformations of how we work, build and buy things, and the struggles and stumbles of imperialism, capitalism and globalisation have gone far to set terms of life in the twenty-first century. The module will also help you develop your critical voice as a historian while asking comparative questions about historical difference across the world.
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.
Plato and Descartes
Any first-year History module
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
- Pathway 1 (25% History, 75% Philosophy)
- Pathway 2 (75% History, 25% Philosophy)
- Pathway 3 (50% History, 50% Philosophy)
Examples of optional modules/options for current students
Reason, Argument & Analysis; Dissertation (History or Philosophy); Truth, Consequence and Paradox; Knowledge, Nature and Power in Early Modern Europe.
Graduates from these courses have gone on to work for employers including: Admiral Group, Advent, BBC, Bloomsbury Publishing, Civil Service, Deloitte, ESI Media, Ipsos Mori, KPMG, Lloyds Banking Group, M&S, Ministry of Defence, Penguin Random House, Sky, Teach First and UBS.
They have pursued roles such as: archivists and curators; arts officers, producers and directors; actuaries, economists and statisticians; barristers and judges; business sales executives; chartered and certified accountants; conservation professionals; financial account managers; journalists, newspaper and periodical editors; public relations professionals; researchers and solicitors.
Helping you find the right career
Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant who works within Student Careers and Skills to help you as an individual. Additionally your Senior Careers Consultant offers impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events, tailored to our department, throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:
- A Career to suit you
- Discovering Careers in the Creative Industries
- Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
- The Historian’s Toolkit – Career planning for first years
- History – CV review session
Find out more about our Careers & Skills Services here.
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department of History
3 years full-time (or 4 years full-time with study abroad)
28 September 2020
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
Find out more about fees and funding
Additional course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. Students who choose to complete a work placement will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.
This information is applicable for 2020 entry.
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.
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