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MA in the History of Political Discourse 1500-1800
A new and innovative Master’s programme taught jointly by the University of East Anglia (School of History) and the University of Hull (Department of History).

The new MA in the History of Political Discourse 1500-1800 will present students with the benefits of recent innovations in research and research training. The emergence of interdisciplinary approaches means that the history of political thought has broadened into the history of political discourse. Meanwhile, the explosive growth in digital resources has heralded a truly exciting time for conceptual and cultural history.

The MA programme contains two core modules. The first examines the foundations of early modern thought, exploring the interplay between classical texts and major new philosophical currents in the work of early modern thinkers. The second examines seventeenth century England, focusing on the relationship between texts and their political, religious, cultural and social contexts. Students also study the historiography of their subject and research a dissertation on a subject of their choice.

As a collaboration between Hull and UEA, the programme delivers seminars via web-based video links and via interactive web pages. Joint, simultaneous seminars at the two partner insitutions draw on the expertise of Colin Davis, Glenn Burgess, Howell Lloyd, Mark Knights and Simon Hodson. Hull was rated 5 and UEA 5** in the last RAE exercise. In addition, experts from other institutions also participate where applicable; and students and staff from both institutions will meet physically at a specially organised conference. Students can register at either UEA or Hull.

We believe this programme offers exciting features, enhanced by technology, which make it extremely attractive to students considering further study in this discipline.

This is the first Master’s programme of its kind and, as such, has been recognised by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as one that will 'spearhead the AHRC's strategy for developing and applying eResearch in the Arts and Humanities'. It is part of a larger eResearch project, strands of which are funded by the JISC and by the British Academy. Details of these projects can be found at www.uea.ac.uk/his/politicaldiscourse

For more information about the MA programme please contact:
Simon Hodson: [email protected]; 01482 465647

Hull: Admissions Office ([email protected]; 01482 466100)





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