- UCAS course code
- UCAS institution code
BA History and Italian / Course details
Year of entry: 2022
- View tabs
- View full page
BA History and Italian provides you with the opportunity to study aspects of history that interest you most, from ancient, medieval, modern, and economic and social history, to the history of science, technology and medicine.
You will also develop knowledge of the language and culture of Italy from the medieval period to the present day.
- We offer one of the most diverse history courses in the UK, with our course units covering almost all human history, including British, European, American, Asian and African history, and ranging from the classical era (Greece and Rome), through the medieval and modern periods, to the late 20th century.
- We offer a wide variety of approaches to history, from political and economic history, to gender, social, cultural, and colonial history.
- You will benefit from studying in the historically rich and multi-ethnic city of Manchester, itself a living history book - from Peterloo to the anti-slavery and suffragette movements, and from Roman and Anglo-Saxon forts to medieval monuments.
- You can draw on the abundant library, archive and museum holdings of the local area, including the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre, Chetham's Library, The Museum of Science and Industry, The People's History Museum and the Working-Class Movement Library.
- You will also have access to one of only five National Research Libraries, including the special collections of The John Rylands Library, as well as the exclusive holdings of Manchester Museum.
- Our course content is directly informed by our world-leading research - the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (a UK-wide benchmark for research excellence) ranked History at Manchester 4th in the UK for the quality of our research outputs, with 82% of our overall research activity recognised as 'world leading' (4*) or 'internationally excellent' (3*).
- The course units offered combine the study of history, politics, and the literary, linguistic and visual culture of the peninsula, and are taught by specialists in the fields.
- We offer a linguistics pathway through the course for those interested in the history of the Italian language and its dialects.
- Language courses, taught by native speakers at post A-Level or beginners' level, involve comprehension, translation, grammar and oral work.
- Our excellence in teaching and learning in Italian has been recognised internally and nationally: a colleague won a Teaching Excellence Award, and one has secured national funding to develop use of digital resources in teaching by bringing our libraries' special collections into the age of the app.
- You will benefit from extensive interaction with Italian cultural agencies in the North West.
- You will also benefit the world-class Italian collections within the John Rylands Library, including one of the largest collections of early Italian printed books in the UK.
Your year abroad will offer the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of life in a Portuguese-speaking country, and further develop your language skills.
Connect with like-minded students
Join the History Society, which plays a key role in building a community among History students at Manchester by organising trips (in the UK and on the continent) and hosting social events, and get involved with the student magazine, The Manchester Historian .
Teaching and learning
Our courses take maximum advantage of our well-established areas of research expertise, including everything from modern British and European cultural history, to economic and social history from the later Middle Ages to the 20th century.
You will learn through:
- web-based seminars;
- small group tutorials;
- field trips.
We encourage you to study a diverse range of types of history and to develop your own original and imaginative approaches.
You will spend approximately 12 hours a week in formal study sessions. For every hour spent at University, you will be expected to complete a further two to three hours of independent study. You will also need to study during the holiday periods.
The individual study component could be spent reading, producing written work, revising for examinations or working in the University's Language Centre.
Coursework and assessment
You will be assessed in various ways, including:
- written and oral examinations;
- coursework essays;
- research reports;
- practical tests;
- learning logs;
- web contributions.
Many course units are assessed through a mixture of techniques.
In your final year, you will write a dissertation.
Course content for year 1
Your time will be split equally between History and Italian with 60 credits in each area.
- In History you will have broad range of options covering a variety of topics, thematically, temporally and geographically.
- All students take History in Practice, in which students learn important skills in research and writing to equip them for historical study at university level.
- In Year 1 Italian language instruction is divided between complete beginners ('ab initio') and post-A-level groups (with most students being beginners). Ab initio students have five contact hours per week with their nominated mother-tongue teacher as part of a course specifically designed to build confidence in comprehension, writing, speaking and listening skills. Post-A-level students have 3 hours consolidating and building competency on specific language points. As our above awards indicate, we excel in using different forms of e-learning to enhance language acquisition, including podcasting.
- The Italian culture units offer a range of courses from the filmic and literary to the historic and linguistic, all of which reflect academic staff research interests. Year 1 is specifically designed to begin furnishing candidates with the tools to enable them to engage with this study.
Course units for year 1
|History in Practice||HIST10101||20||Mandatory|
|Italian Cultural Studies||ITAL10300||20||Mandatory|
|From Reconstruction to Reagan: American History, 1877-1988||AMER10002||20||Optional|
|Constructing Archaic Greek History||CAHE10011||20||Optional|
|From Republic to Empire: Introduction to Roman History, Society & Culture 218-31BC||CAHE10022||20||Optional|
|The Making of the Mediterranean||CAHE10132||20||Optional|
|The Story of Britain||CAHE10141||20||Optional|
|Cities and Citizens||CAHE10231||20||Optional|
|Discoveries and Discoverers: Sights and Sites||CAHE10282||20||Optional|
|Displaying 10 of 38 course units for year 1|
|Display all course units for year 1|
Course content for year 2
As you move into your second year you can choose to maintain an equal weighting between the two subjects or devote more time to either History or your modern language.
- You will write an individual independent research project with one-on-one supervision, as well as choosing from a range of courses.
- In History your work will build on knowledge and skills gained in your first year developing each subject area to provide a greater breadth and depth of experience. There is greater flexibility of choice than in your first year.
- In Year 2, the language component of the course includes three contact hours per week in addition to working on set assignments and undertaking private study.
- Options are available that range from medieval and Renaissance culture and literature, including Dante and Machiavelli, to Italian Fascism and Modernism and units on sociolinguistics and Italian dialects. Most culture units involve three contact hours per week and are augmented by materials and content placed in the unit's Blackboard virtual learning environment. The units are mostly assessed using a variety of forms from coursework to essays, commentaries and book reviews to class presentations.
Course units for year 2
|Independent Research Project||HIST20390||20||Mandatory|
|Work and Play in the USA, 1880-2020||AMER20112||20||Optional|
|From Jamestown to James Brown: African-American History and Culture||AMER20141||20||Optional|
|The American Civil War||AMER21001||20||Optional|
|The Conquering Hero: The Life, Times and Legacy of Alexander The Great||CAHE20041||20||Optional|
|The Roman Empire 31BC - AD235: Rome's Golden Age||CAHE20052||20||Optional|
|Politics and Society in Classical Greece||CAHE20061||20||Optional|
|Roman Women in 22 Objects||CAHE20532||20||Optional|
|Weimar Culture? Art, Film and Politics in Germany, 1918-33||GERM20262||20||Optional|
|Making of the Modern Mind: European Intellectual History in a Global Context||HIST20181||20||Optional|
|Displaying 10 of 37 course units for year 2|
|Display all course units for year 2|
Course content for year 3
Your third year of study is spent abroad under approved conditions.
For more information on the period of residence abroad please consult Residence abroad .
Course content for year 4
You will have flexibility about how to weight your study time in each subject.
- You will also undertake a more extensive personal research project resulting in a History dissertation, again completed under personal academic supervision.
- Explore a huge variety of History course units to complete your degree.
- In your final year you return to Manchester to complete your studies. There is the opportunity to study Business Italian; to undertake a research-orientated dissertation in Italian (often using the primary sources held in the Rylands Library, which has outstanding Italian holdings); and to participate in the Italian department's mentoring and outreach work.
Course units for year 4
|Italian Language 6||ITAL51060||20||Mandatory|
|The Visual Culture of US Empire||AMER30521||20||Optional|
|The Roman Army and the North-West Frontiers||CAHE30881||20||Optional|
|Egypt in the Graeco-Roman World||CAHE31401||20||Optional|
|Culture and Society in Germany 1871-1918||GERM30722||20||Optional|
|London and Modernity 1880-1960||HIST30101||20||Optional|
|Empire, Gender and British Heroes, c.1885 - 1985||HIST30622||20||Optional|
|Thesis (40 credits)||HIST30970||40||Optional|
|Gender and Sexuality in Modern Africa||HIST31001||20||Optional|
|Displaying 10 of 56 course units for year 4|
|Display all course units for year 4|
What our students say
I've just returned from Venice where I conducted some archival research in the Archivo di Stato di Venezia as part of my history dissertation.
It was one of the highlights of my course and a completely new experience for me.
I got to work with 16th century hand-written documents which was so exciting and challenging.
Vendula Hoppe, History with French BA
The University of Manchester owns the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Museum and Tabley House, giving you unique access to outstanding cultural and historical resources.
As well as making use of the wider University library network, you will have access to the University Language Centre, a modern open learning facility where you can study independently and make use of a library and audio-visual resources. There are also language laboratories and multimedia facilities.
Learn more on the Facilities page.