Department of History Portfolio Review Stage II
History at Sussex Our History Asa Briggs and Social History Peter Burke and Cultural History “A New Map of Knowledge” Intellectual History Global History History of Science and the Environment Contemporary History
General information • Single honours plus 7 joints • 121 entrants at single honours this year • 117 entrants at joint honours this year • Offer: AAB • Study abroad possibilities in 2nd and 3rd year.
Joint degrees with History • American Studies and History • Anthropology and History • English and History • History and Film Studies • History and Philosophy • History and Politics • History and Sociology
History at Sussex • The Undergraduate Degree: Programme Learning Outcomes Derived from QAA criteria • Time Depth • Early Modern World • Geographical Range • Europe, Africa, America, Asia, Middle East • Based on use of primary sources • Time and Place, Special Subject • Critical Awareness • Historical Controversy, Past and Present • Diversity of Specialisms • Ideas in History, Global History • Culminating of extended piece of written work • Dissertation
History at Sussex • The Undergraduate Degree: Assessment Methods Derived from QAA criteria • Team Working and Collaboration • History of Now • Shorter written Task • Time and Place • Use of Information Technology • Time and Place (JISC funding for Thatcher’s Britain) • Examination • Short Period, Global History, Special Subject • Essay • Early Modern World • Extended piece of written work • Dissertation
History at Sussex • The First Semester • The Early Modern World • Historical Controversy • Hitler’s Willing Executioners • Darwin’s Origin of Species • Post-War Consensus? • Orientalism • Elective or Historical Controversy or American • The Second Semester • The Making of the Modern World • The History of Now • The Wars of Iraq and Afghanistan • Financial Crises • Elective or Race, Ethnicity Nationalism or American
The First Semester • 12 Weeks • 3 lectures for The Early Modern World • 1 seminar hour for The Early Modern World • 2 seminar hours for Historical Controversy • 2 further hours for Electives
Assessment and Progression: First Semester • Week Three Early Modern World • Week Five Early Modern World • Week Seven Historical Controversy • Week Nine Early Modern World • Week Eleven Early Modern World • Assessment Week One Historical Controversy • Other submission dates for electives
Second Year • First Semester • Ideas and History • Core Course • Short Period • Britain in the 20th Century • Europe in the 20th Century • Africa, Asia, Middle East • Elective • Short Period or America • Second Semester • Global History • Core Course • Time and Place • 1642 The Civil War • 1789 Fall of the Bastille • 1832 Great Reform Act • 1979 Thatcher’s Britain • Elective • Time and Place or America
Third Year • Special Subject • The American Civil War • The Cold War • Domesticity and its Discontents • Dissertation • Past and Present • Consumption and History • Revolution and History • Thematic • The Enlightenment • Genocide
The Sussex History Graduate • Active learning • Ability to understand how people have existed, acted and thought in the always different contexts of the past • Problem-oriented • Ability to read and analyse texts critically and empathetically • Constructing an intellectual profile • The understanding of the problems inherent in the historical record itself; awareness of the range of viewpoints and the ways to cope with this • Judgement • Appreciation of the range of problems involved in the interpretation of complex, ambiguous, conflicting and often incomplete material.
MA in History • MA in Contemporary History • This programme aims to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and conceptual, intellectual and subject-specific skills to analyse problems of importance in the contemporary world historically, in their long-run context as distinct from the necessarily shorter focus of the contemporary social sciences. • MA in Modern European History • Drawing on faculty interdisciplinary research interests across Western and Central Europe, this MA invites you to approach the study of modern Europe from new perspectives, where serious cultural history can be pursued and presented irrespective of traditional disciplinary boundaries • MA in Intellectual History • This MA gives you the opportunity to acquire a thorough knowledge of the interrelations between philosophy, political thought, science and religion in the early modern and modern period across Britain and Europe. You study the major transformations of the reflective and intellectual life of both thinkers and doers, whose ideas are approached through their literary texts as well as their practical contexts. • MA in Writing History • The programme encourages Masters-level critical thinking in history but the focus is on the acquisition of skills in designing and developing popular histories. Professional development, mentoring from editors, agents and producers form central elements of this programme. You graduate with the MA qualification and a closely mentored first draft of your own specific project.