The first academic year explores a variety of historical periods and cultures of Britain and around the globe, including Asia, Europe and America. Politics topics include theoretical perspectives in politics systems and governance, international relations, political philosophies and political economy. You also examine contemporary issues in global studies, in particular the USA’s role as a hegemonic power and current and future challenges to its pre-eminence. You choose from a range of optional modules in the second academic year focusing on reading original documents and giving oral presentations. History optional modules focus on global issues in the modern world based around cultures, societies or themes. Study in the final academic year is more focused and in-depth. For history, an understanding of methodology and intensive study of primary and secondary sources is developed by Depth Studies, while Comparative Studies explore areas of historical concern across more than one country and culture. The politics modules deepen study of contemporary issues, debates and controversies.