Course information

Entry requirements

UCAS code

V270

Entry requirements

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655

Length

3 years full-time or 4-5 years part-time

Department

History

Course overview

This programme is an exciting opportunity to focus on global issues within the framework of a History degree, crossing continents and chronologies.

History at Goldsmiths is global. It explores the multidirectional travel of people, practices, resources and ideas across boundaries (local, regional, national, continental, oceanic) and the changes occurring along the way. It explores questions of power, domination, and asymmetry, as well as responses to global processes from the people worst affected by them.

Choose from a vast range of History subjects

This programme will allow you to explore the following themes:

  • world history
  • migration
  • empire, decolonisation and race
  • subaltern history
  • the global south
  • postcolonialism
  • history in transnational perspective.

Studying Global History at Goldsmiths involves applying knowledge and understanding of these themes to contemporary issues such as the UK’s changing place in the world, colonial/postcolonial relationships, and complex histories of race and racism around the world. You will develop your skills in multidisciplinary approaches and engage with a range of historical methods/ideas.

You will learn about histories of culture, ideas, politics, and power – beyond boundaries and borders. You will be taught by a multi-national community of scholars whose expertise means that history can be understood globally, and you will develop your understanding of how countries operate within global frameworks, both in the past and today, and how empires of the past continue to affect present-day societies and politics.

Explore History in its (much) wider context

Core to our approach is a recognition that there are very significant global influences on issues which might at first appear to be national or even local. For example, our approach to Black British History rests on the belief that Britain and its history cannot be understood without also understanding the Caribbean. These global dimensions can be seen in the way modules apply broad themes to the study of issues which are sometimes treated as purely national questions, for example, the way we look at revolutions in France, Russia, and China, and compare them to more modern events such as the ‘Arab Spring’.

You will develop your understanding of these issues from the first year, considering subjects ranging from ‘Germany’s African Road to the Holocaust’ to ‘Global Sports and the African Diaspora’ and ‘Mosquitos, Microbes and Empire’. In your two final years,  you will have the opportunity to study modules covering Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas, many of which take a thematic approach comparing similar issues across nations and continents. In your final year, you will focus on a Special Subject, with our own modules taking transnational approaches, while there are extensive opportunities to follow your interests from a choice of subjects across other colleges of the University of London.

Learn from expert staff in a global environment

The academic staff in the Department of History and Department of Anthropology are at the forefront of research excellence and research-led teaching, delivering modules and conducting research about Asia, Africa, the Americas, the British Isles, Eastern and Western Europe, and the Middle East. Find out more in the About the Department section below.

Study with your career in mind

Alongside intellectual and personal development, we equip you with the skills and experience you need to progress into a rewarding career. This might be through our History in Practice work-placement module or through other career-orientated opportunities and forms of assessment.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Professor Alex Watson.

What you'll study

Year 1

In your first year, you will take a number of compulsory modules, and two 15 credit modules offered by the Department of History.

Year 1 compulsory modules Module title Credits
  Global Connections: the violence and exchanges that shaped the modern world 30 credits
  Historical Controversies 30 credits
  Reading and Writing History 15 Credits
  Historical Perspectives 15 credits

Year 2

In your second year, you will choose 30 credits of modules from the list below.

You will also select 90 credits of year 2 modules approved annually by the Department of History, up to 30 credits of which this may be a related studies module offered by another Goldsmiths Department. Up to 30 credits can be a University of London intercollegiate Group II module.

 

Year 2 compulsory modules Module title Credits
  A History of Resistance in the Middle East 30 Credits
  Modern Revolutions in Comparative Perspective 30 credits
  The Central Powers in the First World War, 1914-18 30 credits
  Empires in Comparative Perspective: Imperium Romanum to Pax Americana 30 credits
  Minorities in East-Central Europe: Coexistence, Integration and Annihilation, c.1870-1950 30 credits
  Modern South Asia: Body, Society, Empire and Nation c.1600-1947 30 credits
  Black and British: A Long and Varied History 30 Credits
  The Past on the Move: Migrations and Diasporas of South-East Europe from Late Antiquity until the Modern Era (4th-20th c.) 30 Credits
  Mediterranean Encounters: Venice and the Ottoman Empire, 1453-1797 30 credits
  Utopian Visions: The Soviet Experience through the Arts 30 credits
  The USA in the Era of the Vietnam War, 1954-75 30 Credits
  Bodies and Drugs: A Global History of Medicine 30 credits
  or
  Global History of Medicine 15 Credits
  History of Asian Medicine: From Manuscripts to YouTube 15 credits
  Early Modern European Philosophy 15 credits
  Imagining Africa: Ideology, Identity and Text in Africa and the Diaspora 15 credits
  Latin American Revolutions 1945-1990 15 Credits
  Global History of Buddhism 15 credits
  Black Power, Black British Activism & Citizenship in Transnational Perspective 15 Credits
  The Vietnam War and US Presidential Politics, 1954-75 15 credits

Year 3

In your third year, you will take one of the following 30 credit Special Subjects, or a University of London Intercollegiate Group III module. You will complete a 30 credit dissertation alongside your chosen Special Subject.

You will also choose 60 credits of option modules from a list approved annually by the Department of History.

Year 3 Special Subjects Module title Credits
  Sex and the African City 30 credits
  Mughals, Munshi and Mistresses: Society and Rule in Early Colonial India 30 credits
  Healing, Magic and Mindfulness on the Silk Roads 30 credits

Teaching style

The programme is cumulative and progressive, with knowledge and skills building on previous years and growing year on year. Basic skills and competencies are delivered in the first year which sets the broad agenda for the programme as a whole. In the second year, the modules contain increasingly challenging and demanding material which provides the foundations for the significant independent scholarly work required and undertaken in the final year.

Teaching may be delivered in the form of lectures and seminars or other forms of contact time such as extended seminars, workshops, field trips, and film screenings. Lectures introduce subject specific skills and understandings and provide the basis for discussions, activities, group work, and debates. Seminars linked to lectures provide a space for further exploration of the lecture topics and materials and they reinforce the knowledge gained from the lectures and from independent reading and studying. Seminars also involve field-trips and site visits to relevant places including museums, galleries, archives, and sites of historical interest.

Throughout the programme students are taught to critically engage with the inter-relationship between history and anthropology. In the final year, this interdisciplinary knowledge, understanding, skill, and experience is tested through the compulsory interdisciplinary linking dissertation project. The variety of theoretical and empirical material throughout the programme, covering a wide range of topics, periods and regions, provides students with the opportunity to pursue their own interests while examining and interrogating the linkages between the two disciplines. Under close co-supervision from both departments, students develop a substantial and sustained individual project in which they form and present their own critical arguments in an extended format. In the context of this joint degree, students are required to produce a genuinely interdisciplinary piece of work that reflect their abilities to analyse and assess historical evidence, their awareness of anthropological methods and concepts, and a knowledge of relevant empirical work and debates in each discipline.

Lecturers also make themselves available for tutorials either during their Consultation and Feedback hours or by appointment. These provide opportunities to ask questions about modules and their content, to receive support and guidance on independent work, and to receive feedback on submitted work.

The following information gives an indication of the typical proportions of learning and teaching for each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 15% scheduled learning, 85% independent learning
  • Year 2 - 13% scheduled learning, 87% independent learning
  • Year 3 - 15% scheduled learning, 85% independent learning

How you’ll be assessed

A wide and innovative variety of different methods are used to assess learning, these include essays, reviews, source analyses, blogs, videos, walks, presentations, exams, and dissertations. Some modules are assessed by portfolios of coursework, or by a combination of coursework and an examination. Others are assessed by long essays or dissertations on topics approved with the tutor. Assessments vary in length according to the type of assessment and/or level of module.

Assessment supports student progression across the programme, as assessments in the first year aim to measure a set of baseline skills and competencies which are enhanced, deepened and broadened in subsequent years. Lecturers return assessments and provide useful and constructive feedback in a timely manner so as to ensure that students learn from the feedback and have the opportunity to improve subsequent work.

The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 44% coursework, 56% written exam
  • Year 2 - 88% coursework, 13% written exam
  • Year 3 - 100% coursework

*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2019/20. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices. Find out more about .

Credits and levels of learning

An undergraduate honours degree is made up of 360 credits – 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6. If you are a full-time student, you will usually take Level 4 modules in the first year, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 modules in your final year. A standard module is worth 30 credits. Some programmes also contain 15-credit half modules or can be made up of higher-value parts, such as a dissertation or a Major Project.

Download the programme specification. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Entry requirements

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher) or BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 75%, preferably including History
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2

Additional requirements

At Goldsmiths we offer innovative and challenging degrees, in a stimulating environment, amongst a diverse and exciting community of students. Many of our students have achieved high A-level grades, and that is reflected in our standard A-level offer.

Above all, though, we are looking for potential students who can demonstrate the range of skills, talents, and interests necessary for this work, either through traditional A-levels or otherwise. We believe that all able students, of whatever age and background, who have the ability, should have the opportunity to study at Goldsmiths. We actively encourage applications from students with a wide range of relevant qualifications, especially the access diploma.

We also offer a foundation year for students who need more preparation and experience before embarking on the BA. This is a longstanding commitment and practice and, over many years, a large number of our students have come from non-traditional backgrounds.

If you're interested in applying to Goldsmiths, whether you're currently studying or have been out of education for some time, we'd be delighted to hear from you. If you'd like further advice or have specific questions, please get in touch with the Admissions Officer listed above.

Given the range of students that the programme is designed to attract, applicants may be asked to attend an interview, where the following criteria are evaluated:

  • reasons for applying to study this particular degree
  • reasons for applying to Goldsmiths
  • background knowledge/expectations of the discipline(s)
  • intellectual potential and analytic skills
  • ability to express ideas verbally and engage in debate
  • motivation to complete the programme

Performance at interview can alter the usual criteria for entry on a case-by-case basis.

Above all, we're looking for potential students who can demonstrate the range of skills, talents and interests necessary for this degree, either through traditional A-levels or otherwise. We actively encourage applications from students with a wide range of relevant qualifications, especially the access diploma.

International qualifications

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Fees & funding

To find out more about your fees, please check our undergraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office, who can also advise you about how to pay your fees.

Additional costs

In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.

There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.

Funding opportunities

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries, and our careers service can also offer advice on finding work during your studies. Find out more about funding your studies with us.

Careers

Career-orientated Skills

Equipping graduates with the flexibility, skills, and confidence needed to achieve their ambitions and ensuring that all students have clear opportunities to develop within, and beyond, their curriculum (through, for example, work placements and overseas study) are essential components of this degree programme.

A wide array of transferable skills is acquired throughout the programme. All modules foster skills in: effective reading; critical analysis and evaluation; assessment of arguments, ideas, and evidence; independent thinking and working; academic writing within a specified word-limit; group-working and collaboration; designing and delivering presentations; and creating a wide variety of outputs and materials. Students learn how to: effectively manage their time and their timetable; meet deadlines, to sensibly and pragmatically schedule time and activities; present themselves with self-assurance and confidence. Information and resource management skills are developed and honed as part of wider research processes and a wide range of library and IT skills are also delivered.

Links with employers, placement opportunities and career prospects

Students on the BA History with Global History programme can choose to undertake the Department of History’s work placement module, History in Practice. The module runs for two terms and, in the first term, students prepare for their placement through a series of classes and workshops on public history, museum studies, and working in archives and libraries. Students also choose their placement partner and visit them to identify and plan the activities they will be undertaking during their placement. The placement itself takes place in the second term of the module and consists of one day per week at the placement partner. Students continue to be supported throughout by the module convenor and, at the end of the module, are assessed on the work they have undertaken with the placement organisation.

In addition to the resources provided by the programme and by the department, the Goldsmiths Careers Services offer significant support to students as they pursue their career, with general support in such areas as preparing a CV and interview skills, as well as bespoke events that work in partnership with the degree programme.

You can also read more about career options on our dedicated History page. Find out more about general employability at Goldsmiths

About the department

You will learn from and interact with nationally and internationally recognised award-winning experts in their fields. Our interdisciplinary approaches to the subjects we teach encourage you to explore and study the past thematically, rather than chronologically, and we venture into often overlooked issues, areas, and topics.

Our staff are excellent educators who foster independent and progressive study in challenging but supportive environments. They will stimulate your critical and analytical thinking and encourage you to tackle the subject in creative and imaginative ways, taking you beyond its traditional boundaries.