The History and Politics programme explores contemporary events and their relation to historical precedents and causes. The course examines political processes, philosophical justifications of political systems, and the range of challenges modern politics faces. The course blends theory and practice, giving you work relevant skills. There are core strands in contemporary world history; global politics; history and media and political theory. There are opportunities to develop specialist expertise and to develop your understanding of professional policy and practice through professional work placements with local employers and agencies in relevant institutions. Modules each year pick up from previous work, affirming skills learned and preparing for the skills required in the following year’s study. This helps you develop confidence in enquiry, analysis and presentation. Study skills and research methods are explained and you will build them into the design and execution of your own research projects, which culminates in a major final-year dissertation on a topic of your choice.