History Dissertation or Project (compulsory for single honours, optional for combined honours)
This module has three purposes. First, to act as a focus for the accumulated knowledge of history students in the final year of their undergraduate programmes, allowing them to undertake a lengthy piece of self-guided historical research in a framework of individual supervision. Second, to bring to fruition the skills training element of the History programme. Finally, to confirm the link between research and teaching demonstrated elsewhere in this programme by giving students the opportunity to receive individual tuition in areas related to the research and publication interest of History staff.
History Interdisciplinary Dissertation or Project (compulsory for single honours, optional for combined honours)
This module allows students to undertake a lengthy piece of self-guided historical research with individual supervision, as a focus of the accumulated knowledge in the final year of their undergraduate programmes. It also provides a link between research and teaching demonstrated elsewhere in this programme by giving students the opportunity to receive individual tuition in areas related to the research and publication interest of History staff.
Advanced study in Early Modern History: Deviants and Social Outcasts
Looks at historical social exclusion on the basis of race, ethnicity, and sexuality in Europe; including the position of immigrants and prostitution. In particular the course will focus on changing attitudes and will consider the reasons why certain minority groups were discriminated against, and will consider the commonalities that existed or emerged with regard to the stereotype and perception of these minority groups.
Advanced study in Early Modern History: Power and Freedom in the Early Modern Period
Introduces the cultural history of politics in early modern Europe, exploring the complex interrelations between the ‘rulers’ and the ‘ruled' in pre-revolutionary Europe and Britain and the wider cultural system in which they existed. It looks at this cultural system with its rituals and institutions, through which power had to be channelled if it was to be effective.
Advanced study in Early Modern History: God, Man, Spirit: Christianity in Western Society 1500-1700
Deals with the key problems of the intellectual and cultural history of early modern Europe including Britain. The churches and their teachings are embedded in a much wider cosmos of faith; interacting with philosophy as well as with spirituality and the so-called superstition of everyday culture.
Advanced study in Early Modern History: The Tudors: Reformation and Rebellion
The Reformation had a significant impact on early modern politics and society. This option will explore the implications of the introduction of new religious ideas, of the Break with Rome and of the Dissolution of the Monasteries for the government and for the English people. We will consider the implementation of these measures as well as the popular resistance to them.
Advanced Study in Modern Political History: Britain and the Sea since 1600
Examines Britons' relationship with the sea from the time of the Spanish Armada to the close of the twentieth century. It will explore themes as diverse as the sea's perceived role in fostering British Liberty, to naval warfare's role in the development of banking and national finance; from shipbuilding to Britain's fisheries; from the creation of masculinity to the dark side of slavery.
Advanced Study in Modern Political History: The Soviet Revolution, 1914-1941
This option introduces you to the world’s first socialist society, the USSR. The option will examine the Russian revolution of 1917 against the backdrop of Russian imperial history and world war. It will go on to chart the development of the Soviet state through the 1920s and 1930s as the Communist leadership sought to construct a viable modern state along radical new lines, coping with the challenges of international hostility and the social, economic and cultural legacies of the Russian empire.
Advanced Study in Modern Political History: The Unravelling of Russia, 1825-1917
Assesses late Imperial Russian politics and society. In the second half of the nineteenth century, the world’s most powerful and mysterious autocracy initiated an unprecedented effort to reform its institutions. Beginning with the elimination of serfdom, the Russian state sought to modernize its polity, economy and society to make it more competitive with the other great powers of Europe. The struggle over these reforms led to a period in which the state was beset by threats from reactionaries and revolutionaries, chauvinists and terrorists.
Advanced Study in Social and Cultural History: Childhood and Youth in the West, 1750-1950
The aim of this option is to give you an in-depth understanding of the history of childhood and youth from the early modern to the modern age. It will encourage critical evaluation of the social construction of childhood and youth, different ways of studying and appraising childhood in the past, and the use of different types of documents. The option will cover the shaping and conception of childhood and youth by contemporaries and scholars, child-rearing, welfare, work, health, education, leisure, and mortality.
Advanced Study in Social and Cultural History: Life in Renaissance Italy
Many people who lived through the Renaissance are household names: Machiavelli, da Vinci, Michelangelo. Although we recognise these individuals, we still know surprisingly little about what life was like in Italy during a period in which the peninsula was thought to be at its political, economic and cultural apogee. This option will present a detailed consideration of the social and urban history of Italy, engaging with the complex notion of the Renaissance, and the debates it has engendered.
Advanced Study in Social and Cultural History: Making Men: Masculinities in England, 1700-1918
The module spans a period which saw significant change in cultural ideals of men's behaviour alongside fundamental continuities in men's experience. How and why did ideals of masculinity change over time? What was their impact on men's identity and behaviour? How did social class, wealth, employment, and age inflect masculinities? What role did religious ideals, political rhetoric and the contingencies of war play?
Advanced Study in Social and Cultural History: The History of Food: Politics and Society
This module will get your taste-buds - and your brain cells - tingling, as we cross a wide range of themes touching on the ways that food shapes our society. We examine colonialism, race, gender, celebration, national identity, taboos, famine and foodie fashions, ranging from the medieval to the modern period. Students will be asked to engage with foodstuffs of their own choosing to explore these themes and the philosophies behind them, and also to delve into the primary sources we hold here at Oxford Brookes.
Advanced Study in the History of America: Anglo-American Relations
This option will examine the diplomatic, military and financial relations between the United Kingdom and the United States during the period when the latter replaced the former in the role of world policeman. As well as examining formal diplomacy, we will explore the links between the policy-making elites in the two countries.
Advanced Study in the History of America: Reagan and his Legacy
This option offers you the opportunity to examine arguably the key period in contemporary American history. It encourages you to develop an informed and critical overview both of the history of the Reagan era and of how it is used in contemporary America. The use of coursework and extensive seminar discussions means that the module also gives you the opportunity to reflect on your own progress during the course, with the aim of enabling you to identify the skills, knowledge and awareness that will be of use to you in future historical study.
Advanced Study in the History of America: The United States and the Vietnam War
This option will focus on the United States and its involvement in Vietnam, 1945-75. It is designed to provide a thorough overview of the Vietnam War from the perspective of the United States. By the end of this option, students will have a fuller appreciation of the origins of the war, the escalation of the conflict, the tactics and strategies employed by the United States to pursue the war, the domestic discontent generated towards the war, along with the longer-term consequences of the war for the United States both domestically and internally.
Advanced Study in the History of Crime: Forensic Medicine in Western Society
Provides a comprehensive overview of the history of forensic medicine in the West in the post-medieval period; explored through an area of specialisation and informed by up-to-date research. Students will develop an in-depth understanding of how and why medicine has played an active part in shaping legal, political and social change.
Advanced Study in the History of Crime: In Cold Blood: Violence in the Modern Era
A comparative study of crime in Britain and America in the modern era. It will be taught through a series of case studies in order to examine specific themes which are especially pertinent to criminal justice history during the modern era. The types of issues to be addressed include the rise to 'social' prominence of the serial killer and spree killer (beginning with the Jack the Ripper case at the end of the nineteenth century); the influence of gang culture on criminal activity; the role of the media in the portrayal of 'modern' crime; and the debate over the use of the death penalty for violent offences.
Advanced Study in the History of Crime: Witchcraft, Magic and Belief in Early Modern Europe
This module examines the history of the interplay between belief, magic and witchcraft over the broadly defined early modern period. It involves detailed work with historiography and primary sources.
Advanced Study in the History of Ideas: Evil in European Thought and Culture, 1750- 1950: From Candide to Eichmann
This module examines the problem of evil within European thought and culture, from the time of the Enlightenment to the mid-twentieth century. It will begin with the gradual breakdown of theodicy during the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and end with the Holocaust. Throughout, you will be encouraged to think critically about the problem of evil in its modern context using canonical texts and authors.
Advanced Study in the History of Ideas: Race and Modernity: A Global History
What led so many intellectuals, politicians and scientists to believe in, and insist on, the existence of race? To answer this question this module will examine various comparative themes in the history of race, including nationalism, imperialism, colonialism, eugenics, biopolitics, fascism, Nazism, and communism, from 1789 to the present day
Advanced Study in the History of Ideas: The Storm of Progress
This module explores the relevance to modern history of the conflicting diagnoses of the state of Western civilization at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries proposed by artists, writers and thinkers, as well as by the protagonists of utopian social and political movements.
Advanced Study in the History of Medicine: Debating Issues in Health, Past and Present
Focuses on current debates in the field of healthcare and their historical context. It will engage with the politics of health and the health service, recent scientific advances and the question of medical ethics. We will deal with topics that raise moral, ethical, legal, economic, political or class/life-cycle issues. It will tackle subjects such as the science and ethics of abortion, the treatment of disability, euthanasia, honour killings and maiming, organ donation, the use of human tissue, stem cell research and the clinical trial.
Advanced Study in the History of Medicine: War and Medicine from the French Revolutionary Wars to Afghanistan
Explores the relationship between war and medicine and is at once thematic and chronological in focus, tracing how war in the long nineteenth and twentieth centuries affected the development of surgery, drugs, hospitals, battlefield and naval medicine, neuro-psychiatry, nursing, and civilian medicine. The module will include a visit to the Imperial War Museum in London.