BA (Hons) History

Overview

This course allows you to study History as a single honours degree, giving you an in-depth knowledge of the subject.

History is essential in understanding what the past means for us in the twenty-first century. Here at BGU, you won’t just study history through documents, you’ll learn through placements, site visits and the archives and museums that the ancient city of Lincoln has to offer.

Key Facts
Award: BA (Hons)
UCAS Code: V10A
Academic School: School of Humanities
Duration: 3 years
Mode of Study: Full-time
Start Date: September
Awarding Institution: Bishop Grosseteste University
Institution Code: B38
Entry Requirements

You will normally need 96 -112 UCAS tariff points (from a maximum of four Advanced Level qualifications). We welcome a range of qualifications that meet this requirement, such as A/AS Levels, BTEC, Access Courses, International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge Pre-U, Extended Project etc.

However this list is not exhaustive – please click here for details of all qualifications in the UCAS tariff.

Further Information

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About The Course

History is essential in understanding what the past means for us in the twenty-first century. Here at BGU, you won’t just study history through documents, you’ll learn through placements, site visits and the archives and museums that the ancient city of Lincoln has to offer. Discover the ages in a dynamic and exciting way; through words, images, buildings and artefacts.

Throughout the course, you will discover a number of the modules which take a more thematic approach where you may explore critical issues such as community and public history, local history or war and commemoration. During your final year, with advice and guidance from academic staff, you will also choose to focus on a topic, period or theme that is of particular interest to you. This allows you to tailor the course to your own interests and particular career aspirations.

On this course, you will explore a range of fascinating topics spanning a number of historical eras, in a wide variety of local, national and global contexts. You’ll analyse data, construct arguments and engage in real historical research, along with looking at how history is encountered within the community. You’ll also take a work-based placement at an archive, museum or other historic sites.

This course will help to build your skills as a historian, from introductory subjects in your first year through to a research-based dissertation in your final year. As well as learning about people in the past, you will investigate how people today engage with history and consider how the past can be brought alive.

Delivery

There is no one-size-fits-all method of teaching at BGU – we shape our methods to suit each subject and each group, combining the best aspects of traditional university teaching with innovative techniques to promote student participation and interactivity.

You will be taught in a variety of ways, from lectures, tutorials and seminars, to practical workshops, coursework, work-based placements or even field visits. Small group seminars and workshops will provide you with an opportunity to review issues raised in lectures, and you will be expected to carry out independent study.

Placements are a key part of degree study at BGU. They provide an enriching learning experience for you to apply the skills and knowledge you will gain from your course and, in doing so, give valuable real-world experience to boost your career.

Assessment

We recognise that individuals come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, so we use a variety of assessment strategies on our courses.

In History, a variety of assessment methods are used, which include essays, reports, presentations and written tests. We support you in this work through a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical workshops and a wide range of field visits. History is primarily a written subject and consequently, much of the assessment of the course is based on essays and reports. There are a few exams, which often include analysis of provided source material, either text or images. There are also a smaller number of oral presentations and the production of portfolios of research material.

Careers & Further Study

The study of history teaches you how to assemble and assess evidence from a wide range of sources – archival and digital, textual and visual. It teaches transferable skills in the analysis of data and the robust construction of arguments using critical reasoning supported by evidence.

Possible future careers for History graduates may include museums work, education and outreach work, publishing, law and public policy, information research and management, working as an archivist or librarian, or journalism. Successful graduates of this course have also continued to study for Masters degrees at BGU.

Year 1 Modules
You will study aspects of the chronological account of the development of twentieth century Britain, and consider the period's historical significance and legacy. The module will investigate various political, social, economic and cultural perspectives, and will include the study of prominent themes and events associated with the period.
During this module you will study aspects of the chronological account of the development of late medieval England and consider the period’s historical significance and legacy. The module will consider various political, social, cultural and economic perspectives, as well as different interpretations in the historical literature.
You will study early trends in the history of collection such as the aristocratic Grand Tour and the taste for cabinets of curiosities alongside the early development of book collections in the 17th and 18th centuries. The establishment of the British Museum in 1753 will be a focal point of the module as you will consider the historical significance and legacy of this moment in detail before examining further 19th and 20th century developments.
You will study aspects of the chronological account of the development of early modern Britain, and consider the period’s historical significance and legacy. The module will investigate various political, social, economic and cultural perspectives, and will include the study of prominent themes and events associated with the period.
Through examining a variety of key theoretical texts and biographically-focused case studies, you will learn about the approaches to the history of identity and its utility for modern historical studies. Focusing on four key identities of class, ethnicity/race, gender and sexuality, the module will then demonstrate the practical application of these theories and methodologies through a series of connected case studies, centred on the US Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 60s.
This module serves as an introduction to the subject of history, offering a snapshot of some of the themes covered in subsequent modules. You will consider key areas of theory and practice covered in subsequent modules in history, such as the significance of schools of historical thought, key source types and popular interpretative approaches.
Year 2 Modules
You will study aspects of the chronological development of the Atlantic during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The module will investigate various political, social, economic and cultural perspectives, and will include the study of prominent themes and events associated with the period.
This module will investigate a range of interdisciplinary approaches and materials. The content will include relevant and topical themes that encourage and enrich interdisciplinary approaches, for example: ‘War and Commemoration’, 'Culture, Ethnicity and Identity', ‘The Country and the City’, ‘Revolution and Reaction’; and ‘Belief and Blasphemy’.
In this module you will review, analyse and interpret a variety of visual sources in the study of history. You will study the content and purpose of a wide range of visual primary source material, including, for example: portraits, history paintings, topographical prints, and documentary photographs and film.
This module provides you with an experience of the world of work in the form of a placement or work experience or a project with employer involvement. It enables you to apply knowledge and skills in a real-life context offering them a valuable experience to draw on when they present themselves to employers or selectors upon graduation.
During this module you will study aspects of the chronological development of early medieval Europe, and also Britain’s place within such development. You will investigate various political, social, economic and cultural perspectives, and study prominent themes and events associated with the period.
This module will allow you to explore various forms of historical sources available to the historian investigating communities and families in the past, including: visual, oral and textual; tangible and intangible; and official and private. This will be undertaken through visits to local archive offices and other sites, and the use of electronic repositories.
Year 3 Modules
During this module, you will undertake a wide-ranging critical study of the political, social and cultural chronology of the Cold War from a number of differing geo-political perspectives including that of Great Britain and other European nations. The module will give significant focus to the conquest of Space as a specific element of Cold War politics.
You will study aspects of the chronological development of the British empire, its colonies and its decline across the long 19th century. The module will investigate various political, social, economic and cultural perspectives, and will give significant focus to the impact that British imperial policies had on other peoples and nations.
This module requires you to devise and undertake a substantial dissertation on a subject of interest to you, and to prepare in written form an abstract and working bibliography. You will conduct your research through self-formulated questions, supported by the selection and critical analysis of primary and secondary source material and construct complex and sophisticated arguments to support the premise of your research question.
During this module, you will investigate an historical theme or topic by taking an in-depth, critical and complex approach at an advanced level. By way of example such Special Subjects might include: ‘The French Revolution: Liberty, terror, warfare and the origins of modernity', ‘Vitals of the Commonwealth: Early Modern London’ and ‘The Secret Past: British Intelligence History’.
This independent study module is an opportunity for you to explore selected themes and issues in the thinking and practice in history. The module will build on areas of knowledge, application and interest gained in preceding modules in the programme.
You will engage in a dynamic study of public history through a critical consideration of a variety of approaches to the past within a number of complex and unpredictable historical contexts. A significant focus within the module will be on the relationship between public knowledge of the past and its incorporation within and interpretation through popular culture including variously politics, education, the moving image and in ‘heritage’ contexts.
This independent study module is an opportunity for you to explore selected themes and issues in the thinking and practice in history. The module will build on areas of knowledge, application and interest gained in preceding modules in the programme.
Academic Staff
Dr Craig Spence
Programme leader

Craig is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for History. His academic career commenced with advanced re

Dr Robert v. Friedeburg
Academic Staff

Dr Robert von Friedeburg is Reader in History in the School of Humanities, focusing on early modern and mod

Dr W. Jack Rhoden
Academic Staff

Teaching

In my role as Lecturer I am responsible for designing and delivering a wid

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