BA (Hons) HistorySouthwark Campus
How change happens
Underpinned by a commitment to social justice and global responsibility, this degree can help you fulfil a career as a historically-informed and globally-engaged citizen.
Develop your interest in social, cultural and political history by focusing on themes of activism, how change happens and how historical events shape contemporary society. You'll consider diverse experiences of past lives, with a particular focus on gender, ethnicity and sexuality.
We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2020.
Why History at LSBU?
- Innovative teaching methods: taught by internationally renowned historians who contribute to public policy debate and publish original research.
- Optional work placement opportunities - allow you to tailor your degree to your interests and future career ambitions.
- We’re near the British Library, the Imperial War Museum, the Institute of Historical Research, the Wiener Library, the Women’s Library @LSE, and the Black Cultural Archive.
- Benefit from inspiring speakers from public, private sector and third sector organisations.
Modules cover an array of enticing topics, including revolution, black history, female activism, criminal justice, and globalisation.
- Historical sources and methods
This module enables you to develop your own personal research skills e-portfolio by giving you supervised practice at note-taking, referencing, group-work, participation in class debate, research and production of an extensive bibliography for their independent research project. You'll be introduced to the range of sources available to them as historians including secondary sources, archival sources and digital sources. A number of visits will be made to key libraries and archives including the London Metropolitan Archive and the Women’s Library @ LSE. Taught through: lectures, workshops, group work and trips to libraries/archives. Assessment: independent research project presented as an e-portfolio to be submitted at the end of the module. (2000 words).
- Revolutions, wars and the making of the modern world
This module introduces some of the major themes and events in modern world history. It begins with an examination of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution. It moves on to look at the Industrial Revolution, national unification movements in Italy and Germany in the nineteenth century, Empire, the First World War and the ideologies of Fascism, Nazism and Soviet Communism. It looks at the impact of key historical figures such as Lenin, Stalin, Mussolini and Hitler and their impact on the shape of the modern world. Taught through: weekly lectures, seminars and group debates. Assessment: group work and presentation (40%) and 1,500-word essay (60%).
- Industry, empire and society: Britain 1750-1900
This module introduces the changes and continuities occurring within Britain and its relationship with Empire during the years 1750-1900. The module will focus on the emergence of Britain as the first industrial nation and explore the key impacts of industrialisation on the economy, politics, society and everyday life. Other areas of study include the emergence of working class protest and the labour movement, the extension of democratic rights, the Irish Famine, the experiences of immigrants to the UK, the nascent women’s movement and Britain’s relationship with America, India and Africa. Taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, student blogs and presentations and group work. Assessment: a 500-word document analysis (30%) plus a 1,500-word essay (70%).
- Historical practice and research
This module introduces the key issues and current debates in historical methodology. You'll identify and critically assess different forms of history writing, ranging from the Whig and Marxist schools of history, to the writing of feminist, women's and gender history. The module will also introduce the wide range of sources available to you as a historian and allow you to make use of and evaluate such historical sources, such as, archival material, oral history, the internet and historical databases. Taught through: lectures, seminars and visits to archives, libraries and museums (the National Library of Women, the British Library National Sound Archive, and the Public Record Office). Assessment 1,000-word literature review (50%) and 1,000-word essay (50%).
- War and social change in the 20th century
This module introduces the major themes and events in twentieth century world history from the Second World War onward. It examines contemporary historical events that have impacted society, including the Cold War, decolonisation, Mao Zedong and the Chinese Communist revolution, the effect of New Right ideologies in the 1980's, the fall of the Soviet Union and its consequences, globalisation, as well as moves towards European integration and the development of the European Union. You'll analyse the impact of these key events on the shaping of the modern and contemporary world. Taught through: weekly lectures and seminars. Assessment 2,000-word essay (100%).
- Politics, decision making and democracy
This module engages with political institutions and processes. Focusing on the British experience to illustrate wider trends, you'll explore the framework and dynamics of political power and the British system of governance. You'll investigate formal aspects of British politics including political parties and the role of ideology in shaping policies and programmes and civil society. You'll analyse and evaluate key institutions, such as, prime minister and cabinet, parliament and local government. You'll also explore democracy beyond the formal realm, including the role of media and pressure groups in the political process. Taught through: weekly lectures and seminars. Assessment: 1,500-word essay (50%) and 1.5 hour exam (50%).
- Issues in criminal justice history
This module provides a framework for examining the development of the criminal justice system and the general construction of the crime problem in the period from the 1800s until the early 1960s. You'll blend discussion of institutional development with a socio-historical analysis of changing problems of crime. Taught through: weekly lectures, workshops and group work. 3,000-word project based on policing, prisons, gender and crime, or youth crime (100%).
- American history and American cinema
This module introduces key events in American history 1860-2000. Themes include: liberty, freedom, democracy and the concept of the frontier in American culture. You'll assess American history through the lens of American cinema and popular culture. You'll consider how gender, race, religion and sexuality have shaped American society and how these themes are represented in film and popular culture over the course of the twentieth century. Taught through: lectures, workshops, film screenings and group work/group presentations. Assessment: group presentation (50%) and 2-hour exam (50%).
- 20th century British history: democracy, crisis and modernity
This module explores the history of Britain over the course of the twentieth century. Picking up on themes first introduced in the Level 4 module Industry, Empire and Society: Britain 1750-1900 this module traces the social, economic, political and cultural changes and continuities within Britain during the years 1900-2000. You'll focus on the themes of class, gender, ethnicity, activism, democratic rights, social policy, sexuality, leisure and consumption. You'll also cover key developments in the histories of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to ensure you have an inclusive understanding of life in Britain in the twentieth century. Taught through: weekly lectures, seminars and group work. Assessment: 3,000-word essay (100%).
- Global governance, religionalism and the nation state
This module explores the complex, dialectical (non-linear) economic, social and political relations between nation-states, regionalisation and globalisation. Regionalisation has emerged across the world, but is most developed in Europe. You'll also explore the role of international organizations in the global system, with particular emphasis on the United Nations system, including International Financial Institutions. You'll critically reflect on state power and global inter-dependence in the 21st Century. Taught through: lectures, seminars and workshops. Assessment: an international news journal diary (50%) and a two-hour exam (50%).
Plus two optional modules from:
- Gender, difference and equality
In the past few decades work on gender has been crucial in challenging mainstream sociological thought, and in making exciting and innovative contributions to sociological theory, methodology and policy. This Module addresses equality and diversity by focusing on the issue of gender difference and equality through the study of historical and contemporary debates on a range of topical issues reflecting diversity and equality issues in contemporary British society. Taught through: lectures and workshops. Assessment: 1,500-word essay (50%) and 2,000-word document report (50%).
- Work placement
This module provides an opportunity for you to work in a setting directly related to your area of study. It will enable you to explore and reinforce the interface between theory and practice in a professional setting. Voluntary and community sector organisations with a registered charity number and most political organisations are suitable for work placements. However you'll need to meet and consult with your Module Coordinator to identify an appropriate voluntary sector and/or political organisation for you. Taught through: practical on-the-job work experience. Assessment: 1,000-word self-reflective report (30%), 2,500-word critical evaluation and action plan (70%).
- Social theory and modern society
What is modernity and how has it shaped society and sociology? Across all the social sciences there is a powerful awareness that western society changed around the 1750's – in a word it began to become ‘modern’. This has been seen as a largely positive change by most people, politicians and sociologists. But what is involved in the change, how did it shape the West, what did this mean for non-Western societies, and has it all been positive? We will engage with all these questions, around issues of class, bureaucracy, rationality, order and the Holocaust. Taught through: lectures, seminars and workshops. Assessment: 2,000-word essay (40%) and 2-hour exam (60%).
- 20th century London: a history of the metropolis
The University is situated in the heart of London. This module gives you the opportunity to study the economic, political, social and cultural history of London and to learn how the city transformed itself into what is now one of the world’s most vibrant, modern and multicultural capitals. Themes covered include: London’s growth, its immigrant and ethnic minority communities, politics, crime, leisure, housing, wartime London, activism and queer London. You'll be encouraged to engage with the rich material culture of London including visits to archives, museums, galleries, screening of films about London and historical walking tours. Taught through: a mix of lectures, workshops, film screenings, walking tours of London and trips to libraries/archives/galleries. Assessment: 1,500-word archive report (50%) and 1,500-word essay (50%).
- Research project (Double module)
Plus four modules from:
- Life and times in Nazi Germany
This module analyses the rise of Hitler and the history of Nazism. You'll examine how Hitler consolidated his power and the relationship between the dictatorial regime and the German people. It deals with aspects of everyday life, such as coercion and consensus, propaganda and the use of terror, including the secret police and the concentration camp system. The module also analyses Nazi ideology, Nazi economic policy, foreign policy, resistance, education and youth groups. You'll examine cultural life, including cinema, theatre, art, architecture, literature, music, as well as the press and radio. Taught through: weekly lectures and seminars. Assessment: 4,000-word essay (100%).
- Modern Ireland: from independence to the Celtic tiger
This module introduces you to the history of Ireland from the foundation of the Irish Free State in 1922 to the end of the 1990s and the economic boom known as the ‘Celtic Tiger’. Key events in Irish history are explored including: the Irish Civil War, War of Independence, the ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland and the Good Friday Agreement. You'll examine the lived experience of citizens in the new Irish State with a particular focus on culture, identity, gender and religion. Ireland’s changing relationship with the UK is a key feature of this module. Taught through: lectures, seminars and group work. Assessment: 1,000-word book review (50%) and 3,000-word essay (50%).
- Black history: concepts and debates
This module explores the concept of black history within American and British historiography questioning and challenging debates around the idea of ‘black history’. You'll consider these debates and learn about key moments in British black history over the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. You'll critically examine concepts such as ‘diaspora’, ‘post- colonialism’ and ‘multiculturalism’. Films, documentaries, music and art will be included as sources for the module and visits will be made to libraries and archives including the London Metropolitan Archive and the Black Cultural Archive. Taught through: a mix of lectures, workshops, group work and trips to libraries/archives. Assessment: 1,000-word report (30%) and short film (70%) 5-10 minutes using basic phone/iPad technology to document a chosen aspect of British black life. The film is accompanied by a written narrative (1,000-word).
- Suffrage to citizenship: female activism in the 20th century
This module explores the agency and activism of women in Britain throughout the course of the 20th century. You'll assess the engagement of women in a number of campaigns including the suffrage movement, the peace movement, social welfare reform, gender equality, the labour movement, the Women’s Liberation Movement and ‘third wave’ feminism. A broad definition of activism is applied and the campaigning activities of women from diverse backgrounds and a wide range of organisations will be included. You'll evaluate and highlight the contribution made by women to civil society in twentieth century Britain. Taught through: lectures, seminars and group work. Assessment: legislative action report (50%) - a 2,000-word report on one piece of legislation passed as a result of female activism and campaigning and a 2-hr exam (50%).
- Genocide and crimes against humanity
This module explores the history of genocide and crimes against humanity in the twentieth century and beyond. It begins with an introduction to the related concepts of genocide and crimes against humanity before considering a range of events including colonial genocides, the Armenian Genocide, the Nazi ‘Final Solution’, alleged genocides in Cambodia, Yugoslavia and Rwanda, as well as cases of genocide in the twenty first century in Darfur and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. You'll analyse the dynamics of genocide and crimes against humanity in order to shed light upon their origins, characteristics and consequences. Taught through: a mix of lectures and seminars. Assessment: 4,000-word essay (100%).
- Politics and protest
This module examines forms of social and political conflict located within contemporary western societies. The main focus is on understanding social movements and forms of political contention in the changing social structure of these societies. You'll examine the ability of social and political theory to understand the nature of political identity and its expression in social movements both in the past and in the present. Taught through: a mix of lectures, seminars and group work. Assessment: 2-hr exam (100%).
History graduates have the ability to apply an analytical mindset to all kinds of problems and situations. These are relevant in just about any industry which has a focus on current societies and future developments.
You'll acquire all of the key skills demanded by graduate employers:
- oral and written skills
- planning and organisation
- presentation skills
- decision making
- digital literacy
- project management skills.
Typical career paths include:
- teaching and research
- archives and heritage
- business and commerce
- the charity sector
- marketing, advertising and PR
We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
- An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
- Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
A placement can not only help you place your studies into a context and apply your learning to practice, it's also a great opportunity to contribute to real world situations. Many former students have maintained a relationship with their placement organisation, and some have used it as the basis for their dissertation.
Teaching and learning
Our teaching methods are varied and innovative. Students will use a wide range of sources and methods throughout their studies including:
- digital resources
- social media (for example twitter)
- group work
- essay writing
At Level 4, modules are designed to provide an introduction to modern and contemporary history. Particular emphasis is placed on historical resources in London. You’ll visit archives and libraries, including the Black Cultural Archives, the Women’s Library @ LSE and the London Metropolitan Archives.
At Level 5, taking a placement gives you the chance to apply your knowledge in a working environment. You'll have the choice of a variety of settings, including libraries, archives, museums and local history organisations.
The modules at Level 6 interrogate more deeply core subject knowledge and learning outcomes, notably around the themes of diversity, equality and activism. A dissertation will further develop your independent research and project management skills.
Our areas of specialty include:
- History of female activism and women’s movement s in Britain and Ireland
- The social and economic history of Nazi Germany
- Global women’s movements and activism
- International Relations theory
- Global political economy
- International human rights
- Sexualities and society
- Human trafficking
- Sustainability and climate change.
Dr Caitriona Beaumont was recently featured in Channel 4 News for her work and research on the women's movement in Britain:
Personal Academic Tutoring
As an undergraduate Law and Social Science student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first semester at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.
Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University. They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.
Dr Caitriona Beaumont
Associate Professor in Social History; Director of Research, School of Law and Social Sciences
- A Level BCC or:
- BTEC National Diploma MMM or:
- Access to HE qualifications with 9 Distinctions and 36 Merits or:
- Equivalent Level 3 qualifications worth 106 UCAS points
- Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English, or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
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