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).
Emperors, Vikings and Scholars: the Transformation of 'Barbarian' Europe, 750–1000
The fall of the Roman Empire changed the cultural and political landscape of the West forever. In a region that was once only part of a civilisation straddling three continents arose a new political and cultural phenomenon: Europe. This module begins with the Carolingian empire and moves to the dramatic events of the Viking Age, which engulfed the continent between the eighth and tenth centuries.
Cities of Culture
Rome, Amsterdam, St Petersburg, London, Paris, Vienna, Berlin and New York. Not a list of holiday destinations, but cities that hit their cultural zenith between the 17th and 20th centuries. We'll examine the visual culture of these cities in relation to their social, economic and political life.
A Millennium of Persecution: Antisemitism in Europe from the Crusades to the Holocaust
This module offers a history of the persecution of European Jewry from the medieval to the modern eras. You'll explore an array of local sources – from the medieval archaeology of York and Lincoln to the archives of first-hand Holocaust testimonies held in our Wilberforce Institute here in Hull.
“Ninety Per Cent of Everything”: Shipping and Society since 1650
In noting that "ninety per cent of everything" transported in the world travels by sea, Rose George contends that "freight shipping has been no less revolutionary than the printing press or the internet, yet it is all but invisible". This module illuminates significant interactions between humanity and the world's oceans. It explores themes such as material and human cargoes, people and places, and control over sea space.
Into the Wild: US Environmental History from the 19th Century to the Present
An up-to-the-minute exploration of American environmental history and current approaches to the global climate change crisis. Voted 'Best Module' by students in the 2017 students' union Teaching Awards.
Enlightenment, Reform and Revolution
The 18th century as the period of the Enlightenment and the "age of revolutions" has often been considered the beginning of the "modern world". This module explores key concepts of the political, social and intellectual history of Europe between the "Glorious Revolution" and the fall of Napoleon.
America's Wars in Asia
The USA fought four major wars in Eastern Asia during the twentieth century: the Philippine-American War 1899-1902, the Pacific War 1941-45, the Korean War 1950-53 and the Vietnam War 1965-72. More recently, it has become involved in military ventures in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq.
This module looks back over the troubled relationship between Asia and the USA from the perspective of the key concepts that have influenced US foreign policy in the 20th century.
Game of History
Millions of people play games, in all of their forms, and many of them are played out in historical settings. Study this module to explore how games shape our understanding of the past, and how history shapes games.
Imperialism, Nationalism, and Decolonization: Britain in SE Asia, c. 1850-1950
This module examines the development of British intellectual, economic, and political interests in South-East Asia from the mid 19th to the mid 20th century. The themes and topics will be grouped under two principal headings: 'Imperial Expansion and Colonial Rule' and 'Asian Nationalism and Imperial Contraction'.
The British Empire
The Victorian and Edwardian period is often described as an 'age of imperialism'. Yet what exactly does this description imply? Was British imperial expansion a symptom of aggressive self-confidence or of defensive uncertainty? Was the British Empire a cost or a benefit to Britain and its dependencies? Did the First World War strengthen or weaken the British Empire?
Romans and Barbarians
Is the traditional idea of primitive barbarians correct? Delve into the relationship between the Romans and their neighbours – one which extended and transformed the Roman world.
The Shot Heard Around the World: 1776 in its Global Contexts
Did the Boston Tea Party only affect British colonies? The crates belonged to the East India Company, after all. Re-examine events often conﬁned to histories of America or the British empire.