Module
descriptions

for Liberal Studies (History) - BA (Hons) with Integrated Foundation

Foundation Level Modules

Foundation Seminar Part 1 and 2

The purpose of these modules is to introduce students to major ideas within the Western tradition through an encounter with its greatest works. The modules considers the Western tradition (including works of literature, philosophy, religion, art and science) from the ancient world to the Enlightenment. The modules will encourage and facilitate discussions and examinations of these ideas and how they relate to each other. The modules will utilise a core text curriculum to deliver these aims.

Quantitative Literacy

Quantitative Literacy introduces students to the basic concepts of data analysis. This module covers probability as well as descriptive and inferential statistics. The emphasis throughout is on “real world” application and the mathematical tools available to develop analytical as well as empirical thinking skills.

Scientific Understanding - Principles of Biology

This module introduces students to the fundamental principles of biology. The module covers cell biology and introduces the five major kingdoms of life. Genetics, gene expression & evolution are also explored in context with recent discoveries in these fields. The module will also examine the application of current biotechnologies in agriculture, medicine and the environment.

Introduction to the Humanities

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the humanities. It will acquaint them both with the common elements shared between the constituent humanities disciplines and also with the difference in subject matter, approaches and techniques. The module will achieve this by choosing a particular theme that is the subject of interdisciplinary consideration within the humanities. The module will encourage and facilitate discussions and diverse examinations of this theme. The module will utilise a core text curriculum to deliver these aims.

Business and Management

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the study of business, its structure and functions, in a global environment. It will provide students with an understanding of different types of business structure and ownership, key business concepts, economic principles, and major functional areas of a business, including management, marketing, human resources, accounting and finance. The module will also review the role of commercial organisations in society and ethical dilemmas in business.

International Relations

This module examines how state and non-state actors confront contemporary global problems. It also introduces students to the subfields of international relations: international security, international political economy, foreign policy, international relations theory, international organizations and international law.

Media Studies

In today’s media saturated environments, it can be challenging to understand how media and communications technologies and processes shape societies and our everyday lives. This module aims to provide students with important conceptual tools for making sense of the relationships between media, society and culture. This module introduces students to the history, development and contemporary role of media and communications. In terms of history, this module maps the early development of modern media beginning with the printing press and early electronic media to social and mobile media. In terms conceptual tools, this module provides an overview of influential thinkers in media and communications from theories on media as “mass communications” characterizing the 20th century to “convergence culture” which better characterizes the 21st. Students are expected to develop knowledge and understanding of the field of media and communications and to be able to ask critical questions about future directions in media and communications.

Psychology

The aim of this module is to encourage students’ understanding of, and enthusiasm for, psychology by providing a core understanding of the discipline and the topics studied by psychologists. The content will help students build awareness of what modern psychology is and will introduce them to the major branches of psychology. The module will highlight the applied aspects of the discipline and will describe the relevance of psychology to other subjects and disciplines at a theoretical and applied level. 

Political Science

This module aims to introduce students to the main concepts within the field of Political Science. Class will explore basic concepts such as state, nation, parties, elections, sovereignty, leaderships, power, parliaments, government and many more. Students will be introduced to methods of inquiry and theoretical frameworks that will enable them analytically examine wide range of political phenomena both domestically and internationally. 

First year modules

HIS404 History of London

This module will explore the history of London, from the time of its foundation in the first century AD to the twenty-first century. The module aims to give students a sense of the chronology of London, from Roman to medieval, and from early modern to the present day. It also aims to give a sense of the diversity of historical evidence: buildings, artefacts and images as well as traditional documents. We will cover themes such as religion, architecture and disease, and look at the varied experience of ordinary Londoners.

Core module for History majors.

HIS401 Introduction to Western History

A survey of aspects of the political, social and cultural history of Western Europe in the classical and mediaeval periods. Legacies from the period will be discussed, as appropriate, and students encouraged to develop their own interests within the wide range of the module.

Core module for History majors.

HIS402 Study of History

This module is designed to give students the skills required to study history as an academic university subject; there are three main themes. The first is about ideas in history or the history of history: how have historians written about history in the past and how has this changed over time? What historical theories have historians used? The second theme is about sources: we will study the wide variety of historical sources we can use as evidence in history. Thirdly, there is a set of practical skills to learn: how to write a bibliography, how to research, how to handle historical data.

Core module for History majors.

HIS403 The Formation of Modern Europe

This module is will explore the main forces, theories, personalities, movements and events that have shaped European society in the period 1789-1900. Students will learn to identify and critically analyze the major watersheds in nineteenth-century European history. They will also be able to discuss the major historical debates that have framed the period.

Core module for History majors.

REL401 The World’s Religions

This module will introduce students to the academic study of religions through a consideration of the historical, devotional, and intellectual dimensions of a number of major religious traditions of the world. The primary aims of such an exploration will be to introduce students to the methodologies, issues, and challenges surrounding the academic study of religion and to foster a greater appreciation for the many ways of living in this world other than our own. Classes will be a mixture of lectures and discussions; readings mostly will draw upon secondary materials, but will include also a selection of primary texts. Most of these communities can be found in Britain so, in order to provide first-hand experience, there will also be required visits to some of their places of worship in London.

Core module for History majors.

 

 

 

Second year modules

HIS503 Medieval and Early Modern England

This module will examine a period of late medieval (1350–1500) or early modern (1500–1660) English history in detail. The aim is to study the chronology of the chosen period, while emphasising the diverse historical evidence for that period. We will also bring in evidence from other disciplines, including music, archaeology and architecture, as appropriate.

Core module for History majors.

HIS504 Twentieth-Century Britain

This module will explore the main themes of twentieth-century British history. It provides a chronological overview of British politics and intersperses this with an investigation of social and cultural change since 1900. By the end of the module students will have a sophisticated understanding of the forces, personalities and events which have shaped British society from the Boer War to David Cameron.

Core module for History majors.

HIS505 Twentieth-Century Europe

This module is will explore the main forces, theories, personalities, movements and events that have shaped European society in twentieth century. Students will learn to identify and critically analyze the major watersheds in the period and understand how political, cultural and social histories shed light on different aspects of the European story. They will also be able to discuss the major historical debates that have framed the period.

Core module for History majors.

HIS506 20th Century US International History

This module surveys twentieth century United States history. The class will focus on foreign policy, but also spends time with social and political history of the US. The module aims to explain how foreign policy shaped the conditions, attitudes, and values of present-day America. The class will provide students with an incredible opportunity to understand the present by looking at the important historical events that made the United States one of the most powerful nations in the world.

Core module for History majors.

 

 

HIS507 Topics in International History

This module will examine an aspect of the history of a geographical zone not otherwise studied in detail in our Regent’s history modules. The focus of the module may vary but could include for example Middle Eastern or African history.

Core module for History majors.

Third year modules

HIS602 Advanced Topics in History

This module will allow students to study a historical topic in depth drawing on the research and teaching expertise of staff. Building on skills learned at levels 1-5, the module will engage with advanced historiography and analysis of primary sources. The focus of the module may vary but could include for example the study of European Fascism, the development of European diplomacy or the European Reformation.

Core module for History majors.

HIS601 Medieval and Early Modern Europe

This module aims to look in some depth at a historical topic relating to continental Europe in the late medieval and/or early modern period, roughly between 1350 and 1650. Moving beyond chronology and events, the module will encourage students to explore historical ideas: the views and experiences of those Europeans, and the modern ideas and theories of historians studying the period.

Core module for History majors.

HIS604 Philosophy of History

This module will explore key questions in the philosophy of history. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to outline the philosophical positions defended in the texts, say why one might be motivated to adopt them, discuss the arguments ranged against them, and show understanding of how the strengths of one may depend upon the weaknesses of another. In addition students will develop a philosophically informed approach to evaluating historical evidence.

Core module for History majors.

 

HIS603 History of Modern China: Imperialism and Recovery

The aim of this module is to explore the historical transformations that have led to the development of modern China. Taking the approach that history informs the present, by tracing the historical development of modern China students will come to understand the foundations of contemporary Chinese politics, culture, economics, and society. Since this period also marks an increase in China’s engagement with the wider world, sometimes by physical force, this module also aims to make available to students a view of European and American history from a different perspective – from the standpoint of a nation state set as a target for western, specifically British, imperial expansion. In the process of studying modern China, this course, therefore, also aims to provide an alternate vantage point to the contemporary imperial histories of modern Europe, including Britain, and America. Students will come to understand precisely how China recovered from these imperial encounters to become, arguably, the greatest global superpower today.

Core module for History majors.

 

Major Capstone (Dissertation)

The purpose of this module is to bring together the breadth of a Liberal Arts student’s learning and experience to bear on a major project. Starting from the student’s major area of study the project will reach out to incorporate elements from the totality of learning on the programme and the realisation of the breadth that a Liberal Arts graduate has achieved. The Capstone can take the form of a reflective practice-based project or a traditional written dissertation subject to meeting the word-length equivalencies below. The Capstone will run over two semesters and will be supervised by a minimum of one supervisor although two may be allocated depending on the nature of the work.