HST201: International History of the State
20 credits (semester 2)
Module Leader: Andy Lee (TBC 2013-14)
Pass in at least two of the Level One modules offered by the Department of History.
This is a genuinely integrative module that focusses on a core interest of both history and politics: the modern state. It examines the different ways states have been built and consolidated through history. The module will trace the emergence of the modern state and discuss the different ways states have been constructed, identifying the different functions of the state over time. It will also introduce students to the range of theories that have been used in the disciplines of history and politics to study the state, including Historical Sociology, Marxism and World Systems Theory. Students will be invited to assess these theories through a series of case studies.
The module is taught through weekly lectures and seminars. The lectures provide an overview of some of the most important themes, supported by discussion of set readings in the seminar groups. In the second half of the semester, students will focus on a particular strand, allowing for more detailed engagement with a topic.
The module is assessed by:
- One essay of 2,500 words which counts for 33% of the overall mark.
- A two-hour examination, which counts for 67% of the overall mark and is taken during the examination period of the appropriate semester.
Intended Learning Outcomes