Journalism, Politics and History BA (Hons) Course overview
This course will offer those students wishing to report on domestic and international affairs the opportunity to study in greater detail the forces that have shaped the world, and for historians and students of politics to acquire extra skills to become first-rate communicators in whichever professional field they choose to enter.
City’s Journalism department enjoys a first-rate reputation among professional journalists because of the high standard of graduates it produces.
Successful journalists are interested in ideas. This course will give you the education in Journalism, Politics and History for professional success in a complicated world where politics is often polluted by disinformation.
- Location in central London, one of the world’s leading media capitals, with access to the Journalism department’s excellent facilities, and extensive industry contacts
- The chance to study, and report on, British and international politics and history at a time when the U.K. is redefining its relationship with the rest of the world
- A focus throughout on how your studies will prepare you for professional success
This three-year BA Journalism, Politics and History degree will give you the skills you need to start a career as a professional journalist, combined with expertise in those areas of politics and history where you choose to specialize.
Students have considerable choice and flexibility to choose the politics and / or history electives that most interest them.
You begin your degree with introductory modules in Journalism, Politics and History as well as two elective modules of your choosing.
Introduction to News Writing (30 credits)
This module will introduce you to fundamental skills in journalism for print and online including news reporting, ethics, basic law and writing to deadline. It will provide grounding in journalistic writing and editing skills.
Introduction to Audio and Video Journalism (15 credits)
This module introduces you to the skills required to produce audio and video journalism. Working individually and in teams, you will be introduced to researching, editing and recording techniques and to the planning and production of programmes and podcasts.
History of Journalism (15 credits)
This module will introduce you to the history of British journalism since the 19th century. You will look at the coverage of major international historical events and conflicts such as the world wars, the Russian revolutions and 9/11.
Introduction to Digital Journalism (15 credits)
This module introduces you to the critical thinking and mechanical skills required to produce fast and quality news messages. You will be introduced to digital reporting methods and you will practice gathering information from online and traditional sources;
The Development of the Modern World (30 credits)
This module will introduce you to the history of the modern world, from the global revolutions of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries to the rapidly changing geopolitical dynamics of the twenty-first century.
History in the Age of Digital Information (15 credits)
This module introduces you to Digital History, and seeks to encourage you to think critically about the tools and the sources they use for research online.
Introduction to Politics (15 credits)
This module provides you with a broad overview of how politics is contemporarily studied as an academic discipline. Topics covered include collective action, political institutions, the nature of the state, nations and nationalism, democracy, party systems, globalization, security, and regional integration.
Puzzles of Comparative Politics (15 credits)
This module introduces you to the logic of comparative politics: what is it? What does it mean to think comparatively? This module will focus primarily on democratic and partially democratic countries in the developed and developing worlds.
Introduction to Political Theory (15 credits)
This module covers central ideas in the study of political theory. You will gain a broad understanding of the field and an appreciation of how to study political theory and the breadth and diversity of the field.
Introduction to Political and Economic Data Analysis (15 credits))
This module helps you develop a critical approach to statistical claims and the analysis of quantitative data. You will focus on the analysis of different sets of data that relate to common subjects within politics, international politics and international political economy.
Includes three core Journalism modules designed to build on the professional skills you acquired in Year 1, and three elective modules to broaden your political and historical knowledge.
Audio and Video Journalism (30 credits)
This module will equip you with the knowledge and skills you will need to produce broadcast-ready journalism for video and audio platforms. You will gain practical experience and develop the skills of team working and news management.
Feature Writing (15 credits)
Each week will examine a different aspect of feature writing, developing story ideas, researching pieces, interviewing skills and structuring writing and style. You will be helped to develop your own professional writing style.
Online and Social Media Journalism (15 credits)
This module equips you with the learning to critically understanding social media and online journalism as well as preparing you to work as a digital journalist. You will write and produce content and critically understand the role of social media.
Comparative Political Economy (15 credits)
This module will provide you with a thorough understanding of the key political economy concepts, issues, and theories that shape democratic and non-democratic systems.
Comparative Asian Politics (15 credits)
The module will comparatively examine the historical origins and outcomes of systems of government, strategies of economic development as well as the sources and impact of corruption across Asian states.
Political Risk Analysis (15 credits)
The module explores the ways in which political risk is analysed and managed by different political organizations and decision-makers. You will gain both a solid theoretical foundation and analytical tools to evaluate risk, drawing on the study of key case studies.
Violent Politics: Riots, Civil wars & State repression (15 credits)
The module will raise and address a number of key questions related to the role of political violence in contemporary politics. You explore the repertoire of political violence (e.g. riots, anti-regime protest, terrorism, insurgency violence/civil wars, ethnic cleansing & genocide).
Political Psychology: Reason & Emotion in Politics (15 credits)
This module will introduce you to the growing field of political psychology. It will explore how insights from psychology can help us understand important political phenomena, such as decision-making, political ideology, voting behaviour, communication strategies of political elites, and intergroup conflict.
Fifty Shades of Red – Russia in the Twentieth Century (15 credits)
This module introduces you to political, social, and cultural developments in modern Russian history, and encourages you to consider how the Soviet experiment influenced the history of Russia and the world, and how we should relate to it today.
The American Century: The United States in the Twentieth Century (15 credits)
This module will help you understand and assess the evolving role of the United States as a world power.
Cultures of Benevolence: Philanthropy and Civil Society from 1601 to the Present (15 credits)
The module will examine the many political, economic and social functions of philanthropy and voluntary action from the early modern period to the present day.
The Making of Modern Japan (15 credits)
This module considers how the politics, economics, society, and culture of Japan developed from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, with a particular emphasis on modernisation, diplomacy, conflict, and culture.
Slavery, Colonialism and Revolution in the Caribbean (15 credits)
This module will introduce you to the history of the Caribbean, from the middle of the eighteenth century to the end of the Cold War. It will encourage you to consider how histories of colonialism, slavery, and revolution have shaped the development of the region and continue to shape it today.
The focus of this year will be your dissertation or final project, in Journalism, History or Politics. In addition, there is a core module, ‘Media Law and Ethics.’ And up to three elective modules in journalism, history and politics.
Media Law and Ethics (15 credits)
In this module you will gain an understanding of UK law as it affects journalists. You will develop an awareness of the range of ethical dilemmas faced by journalists and draw on your own experience and values.
Advanced Practical Journalism (Print/Online) (30 credits)
This is your core practical reporting module for the third year. In small groups you will produce a print magazine and companion website, comprising news pages, features pages, and review and profile pages that you will have written.
Advanced Practical Journalism (Broadcast) (30 credits)
This module for broadcast specialists will provide you with an informed understanding of broadcast journalism. You will gain practical experience of radio and TV journalism to a professional level.
Journalism Project (15 credits)
This module provides the opportunity for you to use the knowledge and skills you have acquired during your studies at City to produce an original piece of long-form print, online, or broadcast journalism.
History Dissertation Research and Writing Seminar (15 credits)
This module will support your work on your Undergraduate Dissertation in History and Politics and help you develop a systematic understanding of key aspects of research design and methodology.
Radicals and Reformers: Left-Wing Politics and Activism in Britain and the World since 1945 (15 credits)
This module will introduce you to left-wing politics, political parties and protest movements in Britain since 1945.
Revolution: Rebels and Riots in Modern History (15 credits)
Provides an overview of the history of the major revolutionary moments that occurred between the Atlantic Revolutions and WWI, and examines the history of revolutionary movements.
Comparative Empires in the Modern Era (15 credits)
This module explores the history of modern imperialism, focusing on the development of the European, Japanese, and American empires in the 19th and 20th century.
Genocide and the Holocaust In History and Memory (15 credits)
This module examines the origins, implementation, and aftermath of the Holocaust as it unfolded across the European continent, paying particular attention to the divergent perspectives of perpetrators and victims.
The Global Politics of Forced Migration (15 credits)
The module addresses key themes in international politics (governance, globalisation, security, international (non)cooperation, regionalism and the global political economy).
Global Governance (15 credits)
This module examines the mechanisms by which collective problems and global issues are managed at the global level in the absence of global government.
International Politics of the Middle East (15 credits)
Provides a critical understanding of the key dynamics shaping the International Politics of the region since 1918, focusing on processes of state and ideology formation, the foreign policy of key states, conflict, external powers, and the impact of globalization.
American Foreign Policy (15 credits)
This module will introduce you to American power in the world and its foreign policy through a combination of theory, institutions, and case studies.
Political Change in Europe (15 credits)
The module examines a broad range of social and political developments and changes taking place in contemporary Europe, with a focus on the process of European integration and a range of political actors and institutions involved.
Global Ethics: Power and Principle in World Politics (15 credits)
This module seeks to introduce you to the traditions of ethical thought in international politics by looking at pressing issues faced in today’s world, such as state and non-state violence that exceeds territorial boundaries.
The Theory and Practice of Conflict and Peace (15 credits)
This module provides an introduction to how national decision-makers and diplomats have pursued war and peace since the early twentieth century with the aim of applying theory to illuminate key historical cases.
Ethnicity and nationalism: Global comparisons (15 credits)
This course provides an introduction to the major theoretical approaches and problems in the study of ethnicity and nationalism.
Sexuality and Gender in World Politics (15 credits)
This module provides tools to analyse how the power dynamics of world politics are closely intertwined with and draw on the dynamics that shape the gendered and sexual hierarchies.
Journalism Dissertation (30 credits)
In this module, which includes an overview of research methods, involves the production of dissertation on a topic of your choice in consultation with your supervisor. You’ll pursue an original research problem and produce an extended piece of scholarly writing.
History Dissertation (30 credits)
The dissertation is a major project which provides you with the opportunity to work on the identification, development and execution of a sustained piece of research in history and politics.
International Politics Dissertation Project (45 credits)
The first part of the module aims to guide you through the process of choosing a thesis project and developing a thesis proposal. The second part of the module aims to guide you through the process of finishing a thesis project.
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Teaching and assessment
This course combines the excellent education in practical journalism that characterizes City’s Journalism degrees with the expertise of leading academics in the University’s International Politics and History Departments.
You can do your final project or dissertation in any of the three disciplines.
Fees and funding
Fees for year 2023/24
The tuition fees indicated are for the 2023/24 academic year only. Fees for each subsequent year of study are subject to an annual increase to take account of City's increased costs of delivering educational services. This increase will be 5% for each subsequent year of study. You should expect your fee to increase by this amount and budget accordingly.
- Fee waivers are available for this course.
- Means tested support is available for 2023/24 entry.
Some of our degrees may involve additional expenses which are not covered by your tuition fees. Find out more about additional expenses.
In the process of preparing the course, we sought feedback from leading professionals in the fields of Journalism, corporate communications, and policy research. All were enthusiastic about the launch of this new degree.
Graduates from this course can expect to be strong applicants for jobs in:
- Journalism—joining the thousands of City alumni already working in this competitive field
- the Civil Service
- public policy and the public sector
- Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
- Museums and heritage
- Cultural and creative industries
- Political and corporate communication.
How to apply
This course is subject to approval. Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.
You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60.
Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.
UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.
You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £26.50 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £22.
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When to apply
Your application for entry in September 2023 should arrive at UCAS between September 2022 and 25th January 2023. Applications that arrive after 25th January 2023 will be considered only at City's discretion.
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Students have use of extensive facilities including the journalism multimedia suite. The spaces were developed in consultation with experts from the BBC and ITN.
Tables uses Wolfvision cynap devices designed to allow students and staff to share and present from their own mobile device, to connect to remote meetings
Students have use of extensive facilities including a television studio. The spaces were developed in consultation with experts from the BBC and ITN.
The Journalism department has four radio studios and two radio broadcast studios, each equipped with high-tech production facilities.
The journalism multimedia suite provides a cutting-edge production facility that allows students to work together on group media projects.
Green screen TV area with links to main TV studio
Credit: James Rutherford
2 digital newsrooms with modern facilities that enable you to learn the skills required to produce newspapers, magazines and websites
students are led through the curriculum and participate in activities that mirror a typical broadcast newsroom