History is not just about the past. It is a dialogue between the present and the past. Historians ask important questions about the evidence we select, the analyses we use and the stories we tell about the past – and its relationship with our lives in the present. This innovative course is for people interested in studying the making of the modern world in a lively intellectual framework of controversy and debate. You focus on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. You study the social, cultural, political and economic history of a range of countries, continents and regions, including Britain, Europe, America, Australia, India and Africa in the late eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. You can also study imperial and global history. You can tailor your studies to suit your academic interests through our wide range of optional modules. **How you learn** As well as learning history in the classroom through lectures and seminars, you also learn on field trips to places such as Manchester Peoples’ History Museum, the Museum of London and in the archives and in computer suites with access to a range of academic digital collections. You develop your research skills throughout the course. This leads to a dissertation on a topic of your choice in your final year. **Work-based learning and placements** We place a strong emphasis on developing your employability and career management skills, and are pioneering in the development of work-related learning in history. As part of your degree, you can choose to complete a work-related project either based here or within an external organisation. Our students have • completed research projects for community-based history projects, museums and a local playwright • undertaken oral history interviews for a national organisation documenting the history of the British Anti-Apartheid Movement • written for the South Yorkshire Through Time website • worked with local MPs, charities and pressure groups Alternatively, you can complete a placement in a school, typically one day a week from November to March. **Opportunities to study abroad** This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad during your second year, enabling you to experience another culture and improve your communication skills. Employers like to see these life experiences on a CV as they demonstrate independence, confidence and adaptability. Sheffield Hallam University has Erasmus and international study exchange agreements with over 100 institutions in 25 different countries. Current exchange locations include • Prague, Czech Republic • Linköping, Sweden • Paris, France • Neuchatel, Switzerland • Georgia, USA • Ontario, Canada • Victoria, Australia.