School of Histories, Languages and Cultures

Foundation Year in History

The Foundation Year in History provides you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to progress successfully to Level 4 in your chosen History or Archaeology degree. It includes modules to develop generic academic skills, and the two specialist History modules: British History, 1688-1918 and Dictators of the Twentieth Century and Beyond.

Semester One

Semester Two
English Language for Academic Purposes 1 English Language for Academic Purposes 2
Academic Study Skills Introduction to Study in the Humanities
British History, 1688-1918 Dictators of the Twentieth Century and Beyond

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English Language for Academic Purposes 1 & 2 (Core)

These two modules will introduce students to the special features of the English language in an academic context.

Classes focus on written and oral skills, paying particular attention to essay writing (especially academic style and the presentation of arguments), how to find useful sources, avoiding plagiarism, analysing and summarising texts, and referencing.

They aim to develop skills which will enable students to write fluently and analytically, equipping them with the skills necessary for success in their destination subject group.

Academic Study Skills (Core)

The module equips students with the range of academic and personal study skills and techniques needed to help them with the transition to study in Higher Education. The module also helps develop the student’s transferable reflective skills and encourage positive self-development.

‘Academic Study Skills’ explores a range of topics including personal and study-related skills such as organisational techniques and time management – important foundations for success in Higher Education.  Other classes include critical thinking, which aims to develop an analytical attitude; classes on learning styles, which enable students to develop a more effective understanding of their strengths and the areas that they need to develop; assertiveness techniques, which develop confidence and provide a range of tools and techniques that enable them to attain more positive outcomes; and practical training in how to give presentations, note-making skills and exam strategies.

Introduction to Study in the Humanities (Core)

The module uses novels, films and visual arts, to facilitate an understanding of approaches to study in the Humanities.  This will equip students with some of the valuable analytical and theoretical tools they will use as they progress along their academic journey.

It aims to facilitate clear, analytical thinking.  Students will discover a range of theoretical approaches including feminism and Marxism as they explore topics including the individual and society; patriarchy and the social construction of gender: the ideal of the Proper Lady; social class; Romanticism and Modernism.

Subject Modules

  • British History, 1688-1918
  • Dictators of the Twentieth Century and Beyond

British History, 1688-1918

Chalk Farm Lane Bridge - a new Industrial BritainThe transformation of Britain from a largely rural, socially static, politically brittle nation in the late seventeenth century into a global superpower in the early twentieth century is the central theme of this module. In exploring this remarkable story, students will explore topics such as: the Glorious Revolution and its aftermath, 1688-1715; Georgian life and society, 1715-1837; the slave trade, 1660-1807; Britain's maritime interests, 1688-1918; the ‘industrial revolution’; women, children and culture in Victorian Britain; the development of the British Empire(s); and the First World War and the Home Front. How such fundamental changes altered life, work and welfare in Hull is examined throughout the module in field trips to the Old Town, as well as primary sources generated by Hull people, whose experience sheds a particular light on the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian eras.

Tutors: Nick Evans & Robb Robinson

Dictators of the Twentieth Century and Beyond

Stasi - Ministry for State Security, German Democratic RepublicThe struggle between dictatorship and democracy was a defining feature of the twentieth century. In this module, students not only study a wide range of dictators on both the left and right of the political spectrum, from Lenin in Russia to Pinochet in Chile, but also assess the ways in which dictatorships were established, ruled, challenged and projected in art, media and architecture. Attention is afforded to dictatorships across the world, with attention afforded to political leaders such as Stalin in the Soviet Union; Mussolini in Italy; Hitler in Germany; Franco in Spain; Khrushchev in the USSR; Mao in China; Amin in Uganda; Pol Pot in Kampuchea; the Duvaliers in Haiti; Ceausescu in Romania; Honecker in East Germany; Gorbachev in the Soviet Union; Kim Il Sung in North Korea; Castro in Cuba; Saddam Hussein in Iraq and Muammar Gaddafi in Libya. The main concepts addressed in the module are totalitarianism and authoritarianism, while its main themes are Communism, Fascism and Nationalism.

Tutors: Peter Grieder & Alison Price-Moir


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If you are interested in pursuing foundation study with us in History we would be very happy to discuss this with you and welcome you to University of Hull Campus for a visit.

Please contact the Director of Admissions Dr Julian Haseldine if you have any queries about studying History at Hull. For general queries about the Foundation Year please contact Dr Peter Robinson.

Click here to see our brochure for the Foundation Year.

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