Study cutting-edge techniques such as digital and oral history."
ABB - BBB from 3 A-levels
History at Aston has a resolutely contemporary focus on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, encompassing international, national and local dimensions.
Why choose this course?
History at Aston has a resolutely contemporary focus on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, encompassing international, national and local dimensions. Studying cutting-edge techniques such as digital and oral history will give you new insights into some of the most exciting historical research and, together with the compulsory placement year, boost your employment prospects. You’ll have opportunities to study topics such as nationalism, state-building and inter-state relations; the history of war and peace; religious and ethnic conflict; trauma and memory; and issues of globalisation in the present that can only be understood by looking to the past.
4 year full-time course with integrated placement.
Year 1 Making of the Modern World; Building Britain: Birmingham and Beyond; Making History I: Methods, Theories, Controversies. Year 2 Cool Britannia: the Evolution of Contemporary Britain; Making History II: Oral and Digital methods. Options include: Global Migrations since 1800; Looking after Britain: Health, Welfare and Education; Contested Cities and Changing Neighbourhoods: Birmingham and Globalisation; Cultures and Societies after the Empire and Nationalism; The Vote: the History of Representative Democracy; The Pen and the Sword: Warriors and Words in Modern Warfare.
Placement year Compulsory placement year in the public or private sector, in the UK or abroad. For combinations with French, German or Spanish, theplacement year must be spent overseas.
Final year Research Dissertation; options in areas such as: Oral History in Latin America; Religion and the State in the Modern World; The Far Right in Europe; Remembering War in Modern Europe; Writing the Past: Stories, Histories and Historiographies; Conflict and Politics in Contemporary Balkans; Francophonie: The History of the French on Five Continents; Germans on the Move: from Emigration to Immigration; Urbanicity: Birmingham’s Long History of Poverty and Inequality; Living Memories of Deindustrialisation in the Midlands.