All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.
The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.
Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.
Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).
According to an ancient writer, the Parisi occupied Roman eastern Yorkshire. Our region contains spectacular Iron Age archaeology: burials with chariots, hoards of gold coins, a major iron industry and hundreds of settlements including forts, towns and villas with mosaics. Featuring visits to Hull Museums, this module provides hands-on opportunities to explore this ancient people.
Field, Village, Castle: Medieval Landscapes
The castle was the medieval powerhouse – it displayed military and political might, subdued populations and represented the attainment of power and status. At the other extreme, the majority of the population occupied a landscape dominated by the field and village. You'll examine the changing fortunes of people across the British Isles from 1000-1500.
Family, Law and Society in Early Modern England
This module is rich with stories of people’s emotional lives in England between 1550 and 1750. We'll use diaries, correspondence and court records to delve into conflicts (between single people, married couples and within families) over everything from slander to money and property.
A Racial History of Modern Britain, 1793-1999
From the Napoleonic Wars to Brexit, a constant flow of migrants to our shores has shaped Britain. Through seminars, lectures and a field trip to Hull's historic docklands, this module reveals the documentary legacy of successive patterns of prejudice.
The Third Reich, 1933-1945
This module explores the domestic and foreign policies of Nazi Germany between 1933 and 1945. It seeks to explain how and why one of the most cultured nations on Earth – this ‘land of poets and thinkers’ – descended to such depths of barbarity within a few short years.
The Anglo-American ‘special relationship’ and the Middle East, 1945-1973
The module examines Anglo-American relations in the Middle East from the end of World War Two to the Yom Kippur War. The Middle East has been one the world's most unstable and conflict-ridden territories since 1945. It's an ideal test case for examining the dynamics of the ‘special relationship’ – not least because Britain and the United States both had strong, identifiable interests in the region.
Crisis and Conflict After the Cold War: Interpreting the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s
The Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s destroyed a country of 20 million people. They shattered dreams of a peaceful utopia after the Cold War. And they gave rise to ideas about the 'clash of civilisations' which live on today. By studying controversies about the causes and course of the wars and their international context, you'll investigate how we make sense of the break-up of Yugoslavia and the legacies of the conflict.
Hazards and History: Disasters, Wars and Societies
Disasters and wars are usually only seen as events that cause death and destruction and there is little attempt at theorising them in an historical context as significant causal factors in the shaping of human societies. In this module you'll study how disasters are never really “natural” but are the outcome of interplay between physical hazards and vulnerable human populations.
Visual Culture in France in the 19th Century: Revolution and Representations of Power, Places and People
You will use visual images to understand key historical shifts in power, politics and culture in France in this most revolutionary of centuries and analyse how images can support and contest the political and social status quo. From images of revolution and regime change, to propaganda campaigns and subversive counter-cultural attacks on French emperors and monarchs, you'll track personality politics, the growth of the middle classes and concurrent challenges to academic notions of art.
Edward I and the Origins of English Imperialism
This module explores a pivotal period in British history, in which King Edward I forged a medieval British ‘empire’ by the strength of his will, the power of ideology, and the creation of the English military machine which would go on to devastate France in his grandson’s reign. Through the close reading of relevant primary sources, you'll consider concepts of race, otherness and empire, and how these were applied in the context of the medieval British Isles.
Imperial Colonies: Reinterpreting the American Revolution
This module looks at the real story of the American Revolution and dispels the myth that it was fought by American ‘patriots’ against the tyranny of George III. You'll discover how the real imperial powers in America were the colonies themselves, which were always largely independent from Britain, and how the conflict of the 1770s was about maintaining that independence, by transforming colonies into states.
Commanding the Oceans: Seapower and British Ascendancy, 1688-1815
You will study the maritime dimensions of Britain's economic, imperial and military ascendancy. You'll consider seapower in its broadest sense, starting from the assumption that the 'wooden world' of the Navy and the wider world interacted closely at almost every point.
Monks, Heretics and Reformers: The Religious Revolution of the Central Middle Ages
You will study the resurgence of popular heresy from the 11th century to the early 13th century, and the monastic reforms and new monastic orders which transformed religious life in the same period. These were part of a wider culture of reform which embraced the Church and the laity, and which have been seen by historians as comprising a ‘religious movement’ which utterly transformed the nature of religion, belief and political authority in Europe.
Luther and his Legacy
This module examines the historical legacy of one of the most important figures in world history. You'll focus on Luther's impact on aspects of German history (including its cultural and political unity since the Reformation, the notion of a Sonderweg, nationalism, and Nazi antisemitism) and his role as the founder of a Christian church with a global reach.
Medieval Popular Culture Then and Now
Discover the lives of medieval people and medieval popular culture in England in the period c. 1350-1500. You'll gain an understanding of the conditions that culminated in the revolts and rebellions of the late 14th century. Along the way, we will look at modern popular representations of the late medieval era (e.g. Monty Python’s Holy Grail and Terry Jones’s Medieval Lives) to examine the emphases given to representations of the medieval intended for popular consumption.
Britain and the Slave Trade
The African slave trade has shaped fundamentally the modern Atlantic world. Explore the history of British involvement in it, and the process by which the trade was abolished in 1807.
A Continent of Kings and Queens: Courtly Politics in Early Modern Europe
You will be introduced to important themes in the history of monarchy, courts and ceremonies, which will reflect the variety and breadth of court studies. In particular, this module highlights the role of courts as prime sites of patronage and 'policy-making' and the role of ceremonies as a key feature of early modern politics.