The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)History and War Studies

Why choose this course?

The History and War Studies degree provides graduates with the knowledge of the issues, themes, debates and developments related to the analysis of history and war. Our graduates are equipped to develop and sustain debates on the strategic, ethical and philosophical uses of war as well as understanding the full historical contexts within which conflict arises. Alongside subject-specific knowledge, you will develop a wide range of key transferable skills including enhanced communication, analytical and technological proficiency. The degree encourages you to become digitally literate and intellectually curious, with the capacity to work both independently and as part of a wider team to understand, develop and apply solutions to both theoretical and practical problems. These skills equip our graduates to use their knowledge in enterprising and profitable ways in their chosen careers and develop their roles within the wider community.

Prospective students can find a recommended reading list for our courses here.

What happens on the course?

In Year 1 you are introduced to some of the main theories and debates that underpin the disciplines of History and War Studies. You will study ‘War and the Modern World’, ‘The Making of Modern Britain’ and ‘Thinking about War and Peace’. You will also be introduced to the skills necessary for historical analysis and for understanding international relations and international politics.

In Year 2 you will have the opportunity to examine a wide variety of themes. These include counterinsurgency; the British working class; Victorian Britain; war gaming; sexuality in history; Revolutionary Ireland; terrorism; the Cold War; and the impact of migration. In addition, certain events are analysed in more depth such as the field trip-based Battle for Normandy and the Spanish Civil War.

In Year 3 you get to select from a diversity of options. These comprise: Latin America, 1800-1939; material culture and consumer society; the country house; the USA, 1800-1939 and post-war youth culture from History. War Studies modules include conflict resolution; propaganda; The British Army in the second world war; the barbarisation of warfare; the American civil war; the politics of the Middle East, and security and integration in Europe. All students will also undertake a research based project.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Semester 1

Semester 2

4HS001: The Pursuit of History

C

4HS003: The Making of Modern Britain

4 WR003 War and the Modern World

C

4WR002 Thinking About War and peace

4GK006 Success in Higher Education

4GK009 The Holocaust

4GK005 Campaigning and Citizenship: women in Britain and its Empire 1800-1950

4WL002 Basic Language

4WL003 Elementary Language

C/O

4GK 010 Contemporary Capitalism

4GK004 Volunteering in the Community

4GK006 Success in Higher Education

4WL002 Basic Language

4WL003 Elementary Language

Year 2 (Level 5)

Semester 1

Semester 2

Take ONE of:

· 5HS002: Revolutionary Ireland

· 5HS004: Spanish Civil War

· 5HS006: Victorian Britain

· 5HS008: Migrant Stories, Migrant Journeys

· 5HS010: The Great War, 1914-19

C/O

Take ONE of:

· 5HS001: The Cold War

· 5HS003: Sex and the City: Sexuality in the long Eighteenth century

· 5HS005: The British Working Class, 1900 – 1985

· 5HS007: Preserving the Past

Take ONE of:

· 5WR006 War in Europe 1939-45

· 5WR005 Virtual Warriors

C/O

Take ONE of:

· 5WR004 Terrorism

· 5WR002 Battle for Normandy 1944

Take ONE Of:

· 5GK015 Contemporary Britain

· 5HU001 The Enlightenment

· 5WL001 Basic Language

· 5WL002 Elementary Language

· Another additional level 5 module from the boxes above

C/O

Take ONE of:

· 5GK015 Contemporary Britain

· 5GK005 Volunteering in Action

· 5WL001 Basic Language

· 5WL002 Elementary Language

· Another additional level 5 module from the boxes above

Year 3 (Level 6)

Semester 1

Semester 2

Take ONE of the following:

· 6HS003: Consumption and the World of Goods

· 6HS005: Latin America, 1800-1949

· 6PO002: Middle East/6PO001 Northern Ireland

· 6HS008: History in the Community

· 6HS011: From Reich to Republic: Germany, 1871-1924

C/O

Take ONE of the following:

· 6HS001: USA, 1890-1945

· 6HS002: Consumer Society in Britain, 1800-1939

· 6HS006: Youth Culture in C20th Britain

· 6HS008: History in the Community

· 6HS010: Germany, 1919-1949

Take ONE of the following:

· 6WR004 Trial by Fire: The American Civil War 1861 – 1865

· 6WR002: Citizen Soldiers

· 6WR007 Dreadnought to Enterprise

C/O

Take ONE of the following:

· 6WR001 Conflict Resolution in the Modern World

· 6WR005 The Barbarisation of Warfare

Take ONE of

· 6HS004: History Independent Study

· 6WR006 War Studies Project

· 6GK008: Business Community Link

· 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language

if you are taking a project in semester 2; take one more module from the level 6 lists above. From box 1 if your project is in War Studies; from box 2 if your project is in History.

NB: one independent study must be taken in the year- see note below

C/O

Take ONE of

· 6HS004: History Independent Study

· 6WR006 War Studies Project

· 6GK008: Business Community Link

· 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language

if you have taken a project in semester 1; take one more module from the level 6 lists above. From box 1 if your project is War Studies; from box 2 if you your project is in History.

NB: one independent study must be taken in the year- see note below

Why Wolverhampton?

You will be taught by recognised experts with a proven and respected research and publications record.

We will enable you to develop key intellectual and transferable skills that are geared towards academic achievement, personal development and future employability.

Comments from our External Examiner on provision:

For History:

"I have been impressed by the student assignments and module documents that I read. It is clear that the History degree programme at Wolverhampton is delivered by dedicated, hard-working and expert staff. As I have mentioned in previous reports, the use of source material in assessments is particularly impressive: images and artefacts are used very effectively as well as more traditional documentary material. Students evidently respond to these sources well in their written work. I have copied the use of online collections of sources in the assessment of some of my own modules … and feel that this approach encourages the kind of independence and critical thinking that is essential at degree level".

"In my discussions with staff I have been impressed by their knowledge of individual students, and the obvious time and consideration that they give to all the undergraduates that they teach. The feedback provided to students is generally very clear and positive: students at all levels of ability are given explicit and helpful advice on how to improve their work".

"In my time here I have found the staff to be excellent in their teaching and subject knowledge, their assessment and their concern for the students".

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Career path

The skills, competencies and knowledge you learn through studying History and War Studies are directly relevant to a wide variety of careers. Information work, librarianship, archive management, museum administration and heritage management are professions that actively employ our students. The degree also provides the key analytical and transferrable skills that are much sought after in the fields of the armed forces, local government, the civil service, the media and a wide range of business and commercial activities. In addition, History and War Studies is an ideal course for students wishing to enter the teaching profession and many of our graduates have become successful teachers in the primary sector and History specialists in secondary schools and FE colleges. A notable proportion of our graduates have also undertaken postgraduate education in recent years, studying for Masters and PhD degrees.

What skills will you gain?

At the completion of the course you will:

  • have an awareness and critical understanding of the problematic nature of interpreting the past and the strategic, ethical and philosophical theories underpinning the subject;
  • have an understanding of the varieties of approaches to analysing historical events, the concept of war and war’s implications;
  • be familiar with a variety of historical and war-related case studies;
  • be able to address historical and contemporary problems in depth using primary and secondary sources;
  • be able to use appropriate technologies in digitally literate and enterprising ways to support research, process data and produce written work and presentational material to a variety of audiences;
  • have a greater understanding of the value of civic responsibility in your outlook toward and relationships with others in a global context.

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

  • 240-280 UCAS points with a minimum of 180 points from at least two ‘A’ levels
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM, BTEC QCF Diploma grade DD
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • Successful completion of the foundation year of our BA (Hons) Law and Social Sciences with Foundation Year guarantees entry on to this course
  • International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at http://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Social Sciences guarantees entry on to this course

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321137

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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