This wide-ranging course will develop and deepen your knowledge of different periods of history while providing a critical understanding of political ideas, institutions, issues and theories. You’ll tackle challenging issues such as power and warfare, security and insecurity, global justice, culture and beliefs, health and medicine, imperialism and resistance, and class and gender.
Key features of the course
- Study a range of periods and societies from 1750 using social scientific theories and approaches and historical analysis
- Offers a choice of two periods in history and two aspects of politics to specialise in at an advanced level
- Gives you the opportunity to develop an independent project on a subject of your choice
- Develop skills relevant to political and historical research and writing directed to a range of audiences
We make all our qualifications as accessible as possible and have a comprehensive range of services to support all our students. The BA (Honours) History and Politics uses a variety of study materials and has the following elements:
- studying a mixture of printed and online material – online learning resources may include websites, audio/video media clips, and interactive activities such as online quizzes
- finding external/third party material online
- working in a group with other students
- working with specialist reading material such as works of art and musical manuscripts.
This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:
- Knowledge and understanding
- Cognitive skills
- Practical and professional skills
- Key skills
The level and depth of your learning gradually increase as you work through the qualification. You’ll be supported throughout by the OU’s unique style of teaching and assessment – which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; e-learning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.
This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits.
- At Stage 1 you’ll study two compulsory modules that will introduce you to a broad range of subjects in the arts and humanities and social sciences.
- Next, in Stage 2, you’ll study two further compulsory modules, one in history and one in politics.
- Finally, in Stage 3, you’ll study two modules, choosing one period in history and one aspect of politics to study.