Programme And Module Handbook
 
Programme Specification


Date Specification Approved
College College Arts and Law
School History and Cultures
Department History
Partner College and School Political Sci & Intern'tl Stud
Collaborative Organisation and Form of Collaboration
Qualification and Programme Title B.A. History and Political Science with Year Abroad Full-time
Programme Code 576E
Delivery Location Campus
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 4 Year(s)
Accreditations This programme has no outside accreditations
Aims of the Programme This programme provides students with the opportunity to combine study of the human past with that of another discipline in equal proportions. This specification refers to the 60 credits that a Joint Honours History student will pursue under the jurisdiction of the Department of History during each year of his/her programme. The 60 credits acquired at each level from the other Joint Honours discipline is detailed in the relevant department’s own documentation.
The History programme aims to enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of historical events and processes, as well as to develop analytical and critical capacities of a high order. Though the programme concentrates on medieval and modern Europe including Britain and Ireland (c.400-c.2000), considerable attention is also paid to global history, particularly that of Asia, Africa and North America. Students studying History as a joint degree will have the opportunity to study the full range of periods and areas offered by the Department of History. Students will be able to study history of varying types and approaches, including at least some of the following: political, social, economic, cultural, religious, military and diplomatic. Political Science

The development of students' political analysis skills is central to the Birmingham Political Science degree. Core modules at each level have been designed progressively to develop them. They are then applied and developed in a range of optional modules. Core 'research' modules at levels one and two also help to draw out and emphasise the generic applications of these skills. The core 'research' and 'analysis' modules are designed to prepare students for their final year dissertations, to which the department attaches considerably significance, reflected in its weight in the final degree result.

Programme Outcomes
Students are expected to have Knowledge and Understanding of: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
The scope and contested nature of politics and political science
(Various) foundations of and approaches to political analysis
The broad range and historical development of political thought and theory
Relevant research methodologies
The process of conducting research
Specialist areas of politics
the primary trends in the political, social, economic, cultural and religious development of Europe and the wider world during the medieval and modern periods
a broad body of historical information characterised by geographical range and chronological depth with special attention to Europe and the wider world
a range of sources available to historians (including textual primary evidence) and an awareness of their limitations
the historiographical development of core debates in history, and an appreciation of the reasons for continued controversies
the core analytical skills deployed by historians, including skills of interpretation, corroboration and evaluation
conceptual, theoretical and ideological influences on historical events and on their interpretation, with particular emphasis on political, cultural and socio-economic development
Lectures, seminars, tutorials, presentations, individual and group project work
Lectures, seminars, group research projects and virtual learning environments
Essays, unseen examinations, take-home examinations, individual presentations, group project/presentations, research outline and research project (dissertation)
Written formative and summative coursework of varying length and type, from short source exercises to essays of up to 2500 words each; unseen timed examinations; collaborative research projects
Students are expected to have attained the following Skills and other Attributes: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
Writing skills
Oral communication skills
Skills of critical analysis and argument
Group work
Time management
Independent research skills
display awareness of and empathy for historical context;
assimilate and synthesise historical evidence;
understand the process of historical validation and its limitations;
evaluate historical evidence and arguments; draw reasoned conclusions from contested historical evidence;
formulate questions and hypotheses of interest and importance to historians, including those which entail comparative analysis over time and /or space;
evaluate and apply historical concepts and models;
understand relevant methods and concepts from other related disciplines, such as, for example, archaeology, economics and sociology, and apply them where appropriate to the study of history;
exercise intellectual autonomy; record information accurately and efficiently;
work confidently with elementary IT packages aimed at supporting the retrieval, storage, analysis and presentation of information;
interpret and analyse information of various formats and types, including printed and non-printed texts;
identify, collect, synthesise and evaluate information from a range of sources;
plan and execute a research project as part of a group; communicate ideas and arguments effectively both orally and in writing; exercise disciplined imagination in response to problems; display intellectual flexibility in the face of reasoned argument;
work effectively under time-constraints; work constructively as part of a team; show a capacity for independent working;
engage in self-evaluation in order to construct and pursue individual learning goals and personal development objectives.
To achieve an enhanced cultural awareness through direct interactions with society and institutions in another country
Lectures, seminars, tutorials, presentations, individual and group project work
Lectures, seminars, group research projects and virtual learning environments; Year Abroad
Methods of assessment include: Essays, unseen examinations, take-home examinations, individual presentations, group project/presentations, research outline and research project (dissertation)
Written formative and summative coursework of varying length and type, from short source exercises to essays of up to 2500 words each; unseen timed examinations; collaborative research projects; Year Abroad module