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History & Political Economy BA/BSc

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Overview

Study history and political economy from the fall of Rome right up to the present day. You’ll cover world economy and its history as well as the history of Western political ideas from Plato to the present. 

Develop quantitative skills and political insights as well as a deep understanding of history and its impact on today’s world to equip you for a range of careers.

Depending on the modules you choose, you can graduate with either a BA or a BSc degree.

Key benefits:

  • Study history and political economy in a truly global way, with support from experts in virtually all parts of the world
  • Incorporate historical and economic analysis into your consideration of current events, giving you the tools to better understand challenges in today’s globalised world
  • Develop skills for a career where you can apply your understanding of political, economic and historical issues to the real world in roles where you can make a difference, e.g. civil service, think tanks, finance, consultancy, law, government, business and policy
  • This is a cutting edge programme, jointly offered by the Departments of Political Economy and History, each ranking 5th in Europe in the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2019). It draws on the best of both departments, and on specialist expertise in the Department of European and International Studies and the Russia Institute
  • Our location in the heart of London offers unrivalled access to the museums, libraries, historical sites, archives and cultural resources of the capital
  • Excellent employment prospects. King’s is ranked 4th in the UK for graduate employability (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018)
  • Students have the option to study abroad at one of our partner institutions for the second semester of the second year. Current options include the University of Hong Kong, National University of Singapore, and Georgetown University

Key information

UCAS code LV22

Duration 3 years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Diploma

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Description

Teaching

You will have regular and varied contact with staff and other students in lectures, seminars and supervisions. You will also spend an extensive amount of written work and independent study. Most teaching takes place in seminars, which usually have between 15 and 25 participants and are a forum for discussion in which students have the opportunity to refine their discussion and presentation skills.   

From the beginning of the degree, you will analyse primary sources as well as the writings of historians and experts in political economy. We ensure you are exposed to many different approaches to these subjects, and encourage a comparative approach, looking at the connections and contrasts between various times and places throughout the degree. In your final year, you will have the option to conduct supervised research resulting in a 10,000 word dissertation in either history or political economy.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

We will assess your progress and attainment through a range of techniques which may typically include written examinations, assessed essays, oral presentations and a dissertation. You may also benefit from some informal assessment during individual modules to help steer your studies and enhance your learning.  

Location

This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Strand Campus. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totaling 120 credits.

Required Modules
History

You are required to take the following History modules: 

  • 4AAH0001 Historical Sources, Skills & Approaches (30 credits) 

Political Economy

You are required to take the following History and Political Economy modules:

  • The World Economy and its History (30 credits)
  • Principles of Economics (30 credits)
Optional Modules

History 

You are required to take one 30 credit option module. Choose from a range of options, which may typically include: 

  • The Making of Britain 400-1400 (30 credits) 
  • Medieval Europe 400-1500 (30 credits) 
  • Early Modern Britain 1500-1750 (30 credits) 
  • Power, Belief & Culture in Europe 1500-1800 (30 credits) 
  • Europe from 1793 to 1991 (30 credits) 
  • Politics & Society in Britain, 1780-1945 (30 credits) 
  • The Worlds of the British Empire, c1730- 1960 (30 credits) 
  • World History, 1870s-2000s (30 credits) 

Political Economy

There are no optional modules for Political Economy in Year 1.

Year 2

Required Modules

After your first year you will choose between the BA and BSc pathways. The following modules are required for both pathways:

History 

  • The History of Western Political Ideas I: From Plato to c. 1700 (15 credits)
  • The History of Western Political Ideas II: From 1700 to the Present (15 credits)

Political Economy

  • Political Economy: Approaches, Concepts and Issues (15 credits)

If you choose the BSc pathway you will also be required to take the following Political Economy module:

  • Statistics for Political Science I (15 credits)
Optional Modules

History

You are required to take one 30 credit module. Choose from a range of options, which may typically include: 

  • The Northern Ireland Troubles (30 credits) 
  • History of Feminism (30 credits) 
  • The Black Death in England (30 credits) 
  • Faraway so Close: The Middle East since 1800 (30 credits) 
  • China: From Imperial State to People’s Republic (30 credits) 
  • The Civilising Mission: French Imperialism since 1750 (30 credits) 
  • War in the Pacific, 1898 to 1975 & beyond: Strategy & Diplomacy (30 credits) 
  • An additional range of intercollegiate ‘Group II’ 30 credit modules offered by our partner colleges in the University of London 

Political Economy

BA students are required to take three 15 credit modules. BSc students are required to take two 15 credit modules. Choose from a range of options, which may typically include: 

  • Economics of Politics (15 credits)
  • Elections and Political Communications (15 credits)
  • Postcolonial Theory (15 credits)
  • Political Change in Europe (15 credits)
  • International Politics of Energy (15 credits)
  • The Political Theory of Capitalism (15 credits)
  • Issues in International Politics (15 credits)
  • European Union: Power, Politics & Economics (15 credits)
  • British Politics (15 credits)
  • Political Economy of Immigration (15 credits)
  • New Political Economy of the Media (15 credits)
  • American Political Development (15 credits)
  • Language modules offered by the Modern Language Centre

Second year students also have the opportunity to study abroad for the second semester of the second year. Current partner institutions are: 

  • University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • 3 Campus East Asia (students attend Keio, Yonsei and HKU)
  • University of North Carolina (this option is not appropriate for students in the BSc pathway because the required economics modules are not guaranteed)
  • Sciences Po Paris, France (basic French language required; this option is not appropriate for students in the BSc pathway because the required economics modules are not guaranteed)
  • University of California, USA (this option is not appropriate for students in the BSc pathway because the required economics modules are not guaranteed)
  • Georgetown University, USA

Year 3

Required Modules
History

Final year students are required to take a 30-credit ‘special subject’ History module from a wide range of options, which may typically include: 

  • The Global Cold War (30 Credits)  
  • Romans and Barbarians: The Transformation of the Roman West 350-700 (30 credits) 
  • The Enlightenment (30 credits) 
  • The Experience of Power in Nigeria since 1900 (30 credits) 
  • Red, White and Blues: Jazz and the United States in the 20th Century (30 credits) 
  • Women & Gender in Early Modern England (30 credits) 
  • Additional University of London Intercollegiate ‘special subject’ 30 credit modules 

Political Economy

There are no required Year 3 modules for the BA pathway in Political Economy. Students on the BSc pathway are required to take the following module:

  • Statistics for Political Science II (15 credits)
Optional Modules
History

Students may choose to take a 30-credit dissertation on a topic related to that of their Special Subject module.

If you do not choose this option, you will select one 30-credit Thematic Special Module, from options that may typically include: 

  • Ritual
  • War
  • Nations
  • God
  • Wealth

Political Economy

If you do not choose to take a dissertation in History, you may choose to take a 30-credit dissertation in Political Economy.

Students on the BA pathway who choose a dissertation in Political Economy, will select two additional 15 credit modules. Those on the BSc pathway will select one additional 15 credit module.

Students on the BA pathway who do not choose a dissertation in Political Economy, will select four additional 15 credit modules. Those on the BSc pathway will select two additional 15 credit module.

Options may typically include:

  • Democracy and its Critics (15 credits)
  • The Economics of Crime (15 credits)
  • The Politics of International Trade (15 credits)
  • Women and Politics (15 credits)
  • Extremism and Populism (15 credits)
  • American Foreign Policy (15 credits)
  • Peace Science (15 credits)
  • Political Economy of the Middle East (15 credits)
  • Authoritarianism (15 credits)
  • Political Economy of Inequality (15 credits)
  • The International Politics of the UN (15 credits)
  • Environmental Economics (15 credits)
  • Race and Racism in Political Theory (15 credits)
  • Language modules offered by the Modern Language Centre

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change.

Entry requirements

 

Required subjects

History A-Level (or equivalent) is generally expected, however applications without can be considered where the application clearly demonstrates interest in and engagement with History as an academic subject.

Further information and other requirements

Entry Requirements
A-Level AAA Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer. 
Access to HE Diploma

D: 36 credits

M: 9 credits

P: 0 credits

Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.
Cambridge Pre-U  D3 D3 D3 Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)   DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)   DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)   D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA.
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers AAB in Highers

and

AA in Advanced Highers

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.
International Baccalaureate 35 points including 666 in three Higher Level subjects. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.
Other International Qualifications   Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.
English Language Requirements Band B  Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: 15th January 2020

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 (September 2020) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is £19,800 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

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