You will explore various political, social, military and cultural aspects of the modern period. It combines broad-based studies covering several centuries and across different continents dating from 18th century to the present day.
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Why choose this course?
- Wide range of modules, focusing on lots of different places, themes, subjects and people, from Bonaparte to Bowie, Haig to Hitler, and Robespierre to Reagan
- Modules based on lecturers' distinctive research expertise, such as commemoration of war, 1980s Britain and the cultural history of cities
- Innovative immersive teaching in small groups and one-to-one tutorials
- Space for independent thinking and opportunities to pursue your own favourite topics and interests
- Chance to combine your studies with modules from other humanities subjects
What you will learn
The Modern History programme explores how societies and cultures change over time. It combines survey modules covering broad sweeps of history with focused, topic-centred modules. These modules are rooted in lecturers’ distinctive research interests and expertise. Students encounter a variety of themes, source materials and approaches towards thinking about the past.
In the first year, you will take a series of core modules which investigate key aspects of world history from the late 18th century onwards such as the French Revolution, European imperialism and the two world wars. These modules equip you with knowledge and skills required to undertake more specialist studies as your degree progresses.
Second- and third-year modules concentrate on topics such as the history of cities, the Enlightenment, the First World War, the legacies of the 1980s and Black Atlantic culture. Throughout these modules, you will examine how the past is represented in film, music and art, plus museums, archives and heritage institutions. You then get a chance to harness personal interests in independent projects and a final-year dissertation.
A distinctive feature of the Modern History programme is its eclecticism. Lecturers adhere to the principle that listening to the songs of David Bowie or watching a Hollywood movie can be as just as important to understanding the modern world as an examination of major figures such as Napoleon, Marx or Hitler.
Teaching is student-focused, and aims to maximise opportunities for students to come up with their own take on Modern History. Lecturers have experience of supervising dissertations on everything from Wellington’s battlefield tactics to terrorism and counterinsurgencies; from Prohibition-era gangsters to LGBT+ activism; from male suffragettes to horseracing celebrities; and from the workhouse to World War One hospitals.
Students are encouraged to embrace an interdisciplinary approach to history. You will be offered the chance to take modules in other subject areas such as Chinese Studies, Conflict and War, Heritage Studies, International Development and Global Politics, Religion and Theology, Archaeology, English Literature, and Anthropology. Equally, you will have opportunities to study a broader chronology through modules in the fields of Ancient History, Classics, and Medieval Studies.
Altogether, the Modern History programme gives students appreciation of the techniques and approaches of historians and other scholars, and a diverse, holistic understanding of the modern world.
Modern History modules offered in 2018–19 include:
- A Sense of Place: Wales 1870–Present
- Age of Empire: The Colonial Project and the Humanities
- Age of Extremes: A World at War, c. 1914–1991
- Age of Revolution: Transformation and Change in Europe and Beyond, c. 1789–1848
- Archives: Practice and Operation (Roderic Bowen Library and Archives)
- Britain and the Great War
- Coketowns and Phoenix Cities: Urban Histories of Modern Britain and the United States
- Exploring Muslim Societies in the Modern World
- From Empire to Nation: Modern History of China
- How Soon Is Then? Thatcher, Reagan and the Legacies of the 1980s
- In the Beginning was Napoleon: State, Economy and Nation-Building in Europe, c. 1815–1914
- Islam in the West
- Putting the Past to Work: Heritage-Led Regeneration and Place-Making
- Routes and Roots of the Black Atlantic: Cultural Histories of the African Diaspora
- Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Understanding the Enlightenment
- The Difference of Gender: Modernism and Women
- The Modern Middle East: Religion, Culture and Politics
- The Political System of the People’s Republic of China
- The Present Past: Heritage in Context
- The Rational World: Enlightenment and the Novel
- Urban Sounds and Visions: Cultural Histories of the Modern City
- Using the Past to Serve the Present: History, Historiography and Heritage in the Chinese World
- Warfare: Theory, Strategy and Ethics
The programme is assessed in a variety of ways and will include several of the following type of assessment: essays of 1,000 to 4,000 words in length, document analysis, book/ journal reviews, short reports and reflective journals, time tests, seen and unseen exams, field journals, posters, group and individual presentations, dissertations of 10,000 words, wikis, commentaries and film evaluations.
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Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds.
To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.
You will develop powers of analysis, logical thought and evidence-based argument within a supportive and encouraging environment. These skills of communication, understanding, analysis and self-management will provide you with a passport into employment and/or further study. Modern History equips students for jobs in fields such as museum and archive work, journalism, law, banking, local politics, all types of administrative work, marketing and advertising, and teaching. At Lampeter, we have a strong track-record of helping students progress to postgraduate study in Modern History – both at MA and PhD level.
Career routes for Modern History graduates include:
- Heritage (library, archives, museum, tourism)
- Law and advocacy
- Local Government
- Postgraduate research
The Faculty has estimated on the assumption that students buy new copies of the books. Students may also choose to spend money on printing drafts of work.
Students may spend up to £300 per year on books and additional related materials.
Students are expected to submit 2 hard copies of their final project, the estimated cost for binding these is £20.
Optional Field trip:
Faculty works to ensure that there are a range of fieldwork and field trip options available both locally and internationally. Thus students can opt to take either more expensive or less expensive placements. The Faculty subsidises these but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. Below are the upper end of expected costs based on where students have currently done placements.
- Fieldwork (depending on where student decides to do fieldwork): c. £500 - £1,500
- Individual trips: c. £5 - £50
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