HISTORY AND SOCIOLOGY (BA)
Full-time 2019 entry, AAB, IB 36
You'll examine traditional Sociology topics, such as gender, race, medicine, food, sexuality, trade and health from a historical perspective. The two complementary subjects both involve understanding people – their interests, motivations and culture – and why societies and social groups act as they do.
You will be taught by staff from both departments, and will draw information from sources including film, visual images, literature and television as well as written texts. The flexible course structure allows you to choose modules from a wide range of options in both History and Sociology. Core modules in your first year introduce you to research and quantitative methods, and to the study of modern history set in a global context. Sociology core modules cover the history of sociological thought, and class and capitalism. In your second and third years you can choose from optional modules, with current options examining areas such as British imperialism, slavery, the significance of gender, crime, religious conflict or health in history, and political sociology. In your final year you can either maintain a balance between the two subjects or specialise in either History or Sociology. 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 grade A in History
IB: 38 with at least a 6 in Higher Level History
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.
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.
Any first-year History option module
Sociology of Gender
Through case studies from the gender pay gap to the politics of Christmas, this module will transform how you see gender and its impact on the world. You’ll explore the origins of gender ideas and analyse their effects on areas of social life including: language; media and popular culture; science; work; family relationships; sexuality; violence; education; politics; and feminist movements.
While gender is the focus of this module, you’ll also consider how gender connects to other dimensions of social difference and inequality, such as sexuality, race, class or disability.or
History of Sociological Thought
What holds societies together? How do societies change? And how is politics in the conventional sense affected by factors such as class, status, ethnicity or religion, or the state of the economy? These are some of the questions that you will engage with when you consider the history of sociological thought. You will gain skills of research, analysis and debate by considering to what extent sociology may be considered a science and how the evolution of sociological thought has been shaped by events and the cultural, economic and political problems of the day.
Race and the Making of the Modern World
The Haitian Revolution (1804) was the first revolution by enslaved Africans asserting their rights for liberty, equality and political self-organisation against their European colonisers. But you may not have heard of it, even though it occurs around the same time as the French and American revolutions.
This module will raise tough questions about the global processes of dispossession, genocide, enslavement and appropriation. You’ll examine:
• the emergence and development of structures of race
• the sanctioned ignorance of these processes within the usual descriptions of the modern world
• how central race is to the organisation of the world today
Class and Capitalism in the Neoliberal World
Protest and anger characterise the contemporary era – young people taking part in militant politics, protest parties gaining more votes, and even NHS doctors taking to the streets.
In this module, we’ll explore the social consequences of the economic and political transformations associated with neoliberalism that have taken place in recent decades. We will ask why these changes might be responsible for the global rise in urban unrest and dissatisfaction.
Topics will include growing inequality and elite power, militant policing, consumerism, anxiety, debt, the destruction of industrial communities, class identity, the marketisation of education, and the diminishing spaces of public life.
Introduction to Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences 1
What do we mean by the concept “social class”? What exactly is “education”? We use these words so often, but they mean different things to different people. The module will spend a substantive amount of time on breaking concepts such as these down into measurable variables, before proceeding to describing these statistically. You will also learn how to select samples and how to use these for inference using real-world data sets, allowing you to appreciate and engage with quantitative research.
Researching Society and Culture
What is society and how do you study it? Is human behaviour governed by rules similar to the natural world that you can study objectively? Or do human beings consciously act upon their environment and change the world through creativity and intelligence, driven by their own understanding and motivations.
You will be introduced to the core ideas behind sociological research and the practical tools to undertake research yourself. As well as looking at some of the key qualitative methods (e.g. interviews, ethnography, discourse analysis), you’ll also examine the political, ethical and practical issues that social research inevitably entails.
The European World 1500-1750
You will concentrate on key aspects of the political, religious, cultural, economic and social history of early modern Europe. This team-taught module engages with themes as varied as 'reformations' and their consequences, elite and popular cultures, and European connections with the wider world, and you will be encouraged to view these in a broad and comparative context. You will develop an understanding of how far the pre-modern period is both interesting and important in its own right, and prefigures modern debates about such issues as tolerance of difference, the nature of identities and the evolution of the state.
or an Early Modern History module from a selected list
Designing and Conducting Social Research
This module will teach you the core concepts and practical skills to undertake qualitative social research in academic and professional settings. These include research design, ethnography, in-depth interviewing, documents and discourse. As well as practical skills, you’ll investigate how social research has changed in recent decades, considering:
• ethical questions when researching life online
• how (and whether you should) study Twitter
• effects of social media on social interactions
• how to engage diverse audiences
You'll also gain analytical skills to critically evaluate previous research, and develop your ability to collect and analyse data using a range of qualitative methods.
Modern Social Theory
This module will introduce you to the main thinkers and movements in critical social theory. Topics include Marxism, post-structuralism, class and culture. The changing conceptualisation of power and class is a focus throughout the module. This helps you to see how the different theoretical approaches relate to each other, and to historical and political events.
Practice and Interpretation of Quantitative Research
Quantitative methods can help you answer questions such as:
• Is income inequality in the UK growing?
• Does marriage improve health?
• Does growing up in a poor neighbourhood affect your life chances?
Analysing representative, large-scale social surveys is crucial for sociologists to understand social processes. This module will introduce you to quantitative methods and how to analyse large data sets using SPSS Statistics software. It will help you engage with published quantitative sociological research and to undertake your own basic quantitative data analysis.
- Pathway 1 (25% History, 75% Sociology)
- Pathway 2 (75% History, 25% Sociology)
- Pathway 3 (50% History, 50% Sociology)
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:
- America in Black and White
- Gender, History & Politics in Britain, 1790-1939
- Religion and Religious Change in England
- Being Human: Human Nature from the Renaissance to Freud
- The Drug Trade in the Americas
- Reinterpreting the Holocaust: Sexualities, Ethnicity, Class
- 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
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.
"It was wonderful to be part of a large community."
"My primary reason to join Warwick was based on the academic strength of both the History and Sociology departments. Both offered a wide variety of modules and allowed me the flexibility to choose the subject areas that most interested me or ones that I otherwise would not have the chance to study.
Looking back, I treasure the direct interactions I had with professors and fellow students the most. It was wonderful to be part of a large community of like-minded people with similar academic interests. "
Adelia Lau - Management, Food and Beverage
Studied 'History and Sociology' - Graduated 2010
A level AAB to include grade A in History
IB 36 with at least a 6 in Higher Level History
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)
3 years full time
Location of study
University of Warwick
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