Why Should You Take This Course?
The course explores some of the principal developments in British and World History over the last two centuries that have shaped the Modern World.
First Year: Unit 1 - The British Empire: c. 1857 to 1914 - Examines the rise of the British Empire prior to the First World War. The imperial zenith achieved under Queen Victoria is examined, the ‘Scramble for Africa' and the establishment of the Raj in India. This unit also examines the pressures within the empire and the nature of the relationship between the British and the indigenous peoples.
Unit 2 -The Cold War: c. 1945 to 1963 - Explore the origins of the conflict and the partition of Europe and link them to the Truman Doctrine, Marshall Plan and the Berlin Airlift along with the formation of NATO. The extension of the Cold War to Asia with the emergence of Communist China and the Korean War are explored. The launch of Sputnik, the Nuclear Arms Race and developments in French Indo-China are to be examined in the context of the greatest Cold War crisis in Cuba 1962.
Second Year: Unit 1 -The British Empire: c. 1857 to 1967 - This year covers the impact of the First World War and the extension of Empire to the Middle East is examined, the long-term challenge posed by the growth of Nationalism. The problems of imperial over-extension and the fall of Singapore -are examined as part of the assessment of the role of the Second World War in the ultimate dissolution of the Empire. The long process of decolonisation is studied including the partition of India and the ‘Winds of Change' in Africa and the decision to abandon ‘East of Suez' marking a formal recognition of the end of imperial pretensions.
Unit 2 - The Cold War: c. 1945 to 1991 - This explores the development of the Vietnam War between 1963 and 1975, in the context of the Cold War. Development of relationships between the USA, USSR and the PRC (China) and the impact the changes have on the Cold War. Evaluate the roles of Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in the conclusion of the Cold War.
Unit 3 - coursework - involves the student preparing an individual study based on an aspect of Historical Study drawn from a wide range of choices including: Marian Reforms, the Hundred Years War, Tudor Rebellions and the Rise of the British Empire prior to 1857.
How will I be assessed?
There will be two exams, each 2 hours 30 minutes.
Are there any special expenses?
Students will be advised to purchase some books to supplement supplied textbooks.
What could I do next?
History is a popular subject for Higher Education and the transferable skills it cultivates are applicable to a wide variety of careers, including Banking, Journalism and the Civil Service.