My First Year History Modules
A great thing about Warwick’s History course is the flexibility of it. This year, I have one core module, and had the opportunity to choose what else I wanted to study out of a huge range of other modules. As I’m now approaching the end of the courses, I thought I could talk about my experience of studying them this year.
Making of the Modern World
This is my core history module. Every week, we study a different aspect of the modern world and how it relates to the other themes we have looked at. I had studied more Early Modern history than Modern before I came to university, so was worried about not enjoying this module, but I do actually find it really interesting. My seminars tend to step back from the lecture content and consider themes conceptually, which I’d never done before and is a bit of a challenge, but is also a different and interesting way of studying history.
Europe in the Making
This is an Early Modern module which looks at how Europe changed over the period through different factors; we’ve looked at religion, trade, and encounters in America and Asia. I like this module because I feel like I have a broad understanding of how these factors interacted with and impacted on each other and helped to create the modern world that we look at in the core module.
Empire and Aftermath
Empire is my favourite history module. It looks at different empires from around the world and how they approached gaining and maintaining control. I really enjoy studying this because I have learned about areas of the world which I hadn’t studied before. I also like that in my seminars we go beyond each individual empire to establish the nature of power and where it comes from; for example through military strength or colonial discourse.
I chose to swap out the final History module to learn Italian, which I had never studied before. If you have experience of learning a language, you have the opportunity to continue with that at a higher level, too. I love learning Italian because it’s nice to think in a different way than in the rest of my modules. I chose it because I want to take part in the Venice programme in third year, and thought it would be a useful thing to do to prepare me for it (though it’s not compulsory to do Italian if you want to go to Venice). I’m finding the experience of language learning really rewarding and I’m glad I took it as a module this year.
I hope this helped give you some insight into some of the modules available for first year History students!