The world needs better politics: better ways of resolving conflicts and distributing resources more efficiently and equitably. How do we improve policy and forge an effective international system when our traditions of political participation are local and national? The politics of the future is encumbered by the problems of the past. This interdisciplinary MA seeks to address these problems by bringing together politics and contemporary history, with a particular focus on transnational ideas and institutions. Since the history of international politics has been shaped by longstanding, path-dependent effects, an understanding of contemporary history must underpin national and international public policy decisionmaking. This MA investigates the immediacy of present day politics and the collective memory of politics in the past, its successes and failures.
Programme of study
This MA offers a unique opportunity to study challenging issues through interdisciplinary study with experts from the Departments of History and Politics. The programme consists of 180 credits, four taught modules (20 credits each) and a 20,000-word dissertation (100 credits). *In the Autumn Term (from mid-October to mid-December) you will take an interdisciplinary core module, Ideas and Institutions, and an single-discipline option from either department. *In the Spring Term (January to mid-March) you take two single-discipline options, and undertake preliminary scoping work for your dissertation. *In the Summer Term (April to the end of June) you attend Interdisciplinary Research Workshops on dissertation preparation and meet with your adviser. You will complete your dissertation between July and late September.
Part time students Part-time students register for a two-year programme. Normally, in your first year, you take Ideas and Institutions plus one option module; and, in your second year, you take two further options, attend research workshops and complete your dissertation, planning, research and writing for which is spread over the two years of registration.
Research expertise at York
Staff in the History department are engaged in world-leading research in international and transnational history, with particular clusters of excellence in the history of the British Empire, American History, and History and Policy. In Politics, staff members have produced world-class research in international political economy, international political theory, the politics of development, comparative European politics, international security, Indian politics, African politics, and global governance.