The History and Politics course at Penryn has been specially designed to incorporate historical practice with in-depth political analysis to broaden perspectives on contemporary issues. From our state-of-the-art eco campus in Cornwall you will look back at changes in society conflict, culture, religion, politics and science to find new and creative ways to address urgent issues around development, marginalised communities, poverty and the environment. As a modern History department, we have a specific emphasis on public history with expertise in areas such as local party politics, environmental politics, modern conflict and 19th and 20th century North American History. The Politics department has expertise in war and conflict, international relations and foreign policy, politics in Asia and the Middle East, environmental politics, American politics, comparative politics and political theory.
Set in 100 acres of countryside and located close to the coastal town of Falmouth, this flexible course introduces you to centuries of history from the early Medieval period to the 21st century. Students can experience and contribute to cutting-edge research through current projects our expert faculty are undertaking in areas such as the history of Britain, continental Europe and on world and public history. With support from your tutors, you will learn essential skills like source evaluation, interpretation and historical writing to hone your abilities as an independent researcher. In the first year, you will cover modules such as Key Concepts in Politics and International Relations, Foundations in European History, Power, Inequality and Global Justice, and World History. In year two, expose the complex history of slavery, organised crime and inter-imperial rivalry in the Middle East. You also have the opportunity to customise the course to suit your needs, by selecting optional modules that you’re passionate about.