History and Politics (BA)
Our History and Politics (BA) degree examines the political and social dimensions of history, and how historical events have influenced the world we live in today. You’ll explore the theory and the reality of why people and states interact in the ways they do.
The two subjects complement each other – one aiming to understand how the world works and the other to understand why it works that way. The two Departments in which you will learn approach shared research areas such as globalisation, democracy and human rights from different perspectives. You’ll explore both familiar and unfamiliar themes in political, religious, cultural or social history, and will be able to select optional modules to explore specialist themes in more detail.
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.
First-year core modules Making of the Modern World, Making History, Introduction to Politics, and World Politics provide a thorough grounding in the methods and approaches of the two disciplines. In your second and third years you can choose from optional modules covering areas such as British imperialism, slavery, the significance of gender, crime, religious conflict or health in history, political theory, philosophy and individual states. In your final year you can either maintain a balance between the two subjects or specialise in either History or Politics. You can also complete an optional dissertation on 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.
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: 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.
Any first-year History module
Introduction to Politics
Introduction to Politics gives you a broad overview of the main issues and theoretical perspectives within Politics. You'll learn first to understand and then apply the core concepts of comparative political science and theory to processes, institutions, ideologies and practical policy-making. You'll conduct a comparative study of different political systems and political change, both in writing and in open debate.
In this module, you'll be introduced to world politics and the role that international relations plays in the interactions between nations. You'll gain a solid understanding of the historical underpinnings of the structure and systems of states, and become familiar with major theories of international relations post-1945. You'll analyse contemporary writings on world politics and engage critically, both orally and in writing, with key concepts and theoretical debates on the nature of international political systems.
Political Theory from Hobbes
How should human beings be governed? The thinkers you'll study – from Hobbes to Marx – had very different answers to this question. Building on your understanding of political philosophy, you'll read significant primary and secondary texts to develop your understanding of how political convictions are shaped by the context and history of individual thought and social interaction. You'll confront and assess complex ideas in political theory, and present and defend your point of view, both orally and in writing.
Early Modern History module
- Pathway 1 (25% History, 75% Politics)
- Pathway 2 (75% History, 25% Politics)
- Pathway 3 (50% History, 50% Politics)
Examples of optional modules/options for current students
The Drug Trade in the Americas; Kenya’s Mau Mau Rebellion, 1952-60; The French Revolution, 1774-1799; Cultural History of the NHS; America in Black and White; Israel & Palestine after 1948; Radical Politics and the Struggle for Democracy in Europe,1918-1939; Empire & Oil: BP and the Building of the Iranian Oil Industry.
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.
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"Warwick made me bold, adaptive and agile."
"One of the best elements of this course was the wide range of modules on offer and the clear 50:50 split between the two subjects. Not many universities offered a course that focused on modern issues so I was excited to see that Warwick did. It allowed me to study the areas that really interested me.
The lecturers were engaging and took every opportunity to challenge us which was great. I am very good at analysing data and coming up with conclusions, which is directly drawn from my degree experience. Warwick made me a bold and agile leader, helping me become a Director of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement at the University of Brighton."
Sam Davies - Director of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement
Studied 'History and Politics' - Graduated 1997
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department of History
3 years full-time (4 years full-time with study abroad)
28 September 2020
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
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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.
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