Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

This degree combines a broader study of history in general with a more specific focus on the nature of ideas and their role in history, their impact on the historical process, and their relationship to material and economic conditions, political power'structures, philosophy, art, religion, literature, science, and sexuality. This programme offers one of the few opportunities in the UK to specialise in the history of ideas at undergraduate level, and focuses on the work of individuals and groups who creatively develop and transform received ideas. You'll have the opportunity to gain precious industry'standard experience and apply your academic skills within the workplace through our History at Work placement scheme. We offer something different and exciting ' we use innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to the subject, and will encourage you to explore issues, controversies and themes rather than chronological periods. We think that you'll enjoy your time in our small and friendly department: we make our students our top priority; you'll work with staff who are enthusiastic researchers as well as being excellent teachers, many being recognised as international leaders in their field. The degree will give you access to a wide range of careers by developing your critical, analytical and communication skills; we help you think beyond the traditional boundaries of subjects in ways which employers really value.

Course Modules

Modules include: concepts and methods in history; ideas and identities; dictators, war and revolution; religion, peace and conflict; heresy, the occult and the millennium in early modern Europe; Medieval monsters: foreigners and other oddities in the medieval imagination; mediterranean encounters: Venice and the Ottoman empire; early modern European philosophy; visual and material culture in early modern Europe; London's history through literature; France since 1870: fascism, communism and democracy; Germany since 1870: nationalism versus democracy; Italy since 1870; Nationalism, democracy and dictatorship in 20th Century Eastern Europe; imagining Africa: ideology, identity and text in Africa and the diaspora.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £13,100  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
4 - 5 years
Part Time
BA (Hons)

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level ABB
  • European Baccalaureate 80%
  • SQA Higher ABBBC
  • SQA Advanced Higher ABC
  • International Baccalaureate 34
  • BTEC National Diploma MDD
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Award
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units)
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MDD

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12% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 42%

Total Coursework: 58%

£5,247 - £5,247
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,906 - £7,306
Typical cost of private accommodation