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Britain’s International History: the Romans to the Treaty of Rome

Find out about the course and how to apply.

Exchange students listening to a British Studies lecture.
Deepen your understanding of British history and society

Britain’s International History

On this 11-week course you will develop a deeper understanding of the history of Britain's relations with other countries and the effects of historical forces and events upon Britain's contemporary international relations.

You will study:

  • The impact of key events such as the arrival of the Romans and other invaders and immigrants and their contribution to ‘Britishness’
  • The Norman conquest and subsequent conflict with France
  • The Reformation and the developing concept of Englishness
  • The founding of the early colonies in North America, trade and the American War of Independence
  • Colonialism, including Britain’s relationship with India
  • The slave trade and the later scramble for Africa
  • The two World Wars and their aftermath

Course information

The Semester 1 course starts in week 1 (3 October 2022) and ends in week 11 (12 December 2022). Classes take place in person on campus (8W 2.28) on Mondays from 11.15am to 1.15pm.

Before signing up, please make sure that the day and time of the course does not clash with your academic timetable by checking MyTimetable.

Information about courses starting in the 2022/23 academic year may be subject to change. We continue to improve our courses and your teaching and learning experience, so you gain skills and understanding which are valuable to you and sought after by employers.

Before you register for the course, please check this webpage for the most recently published course information. Once you have registered, you will be advised of any significant changes.


This course carries six credits. To be awarded credits, a minimum of 80% attendance is required.


Registration for this course is now closed.

"The teachers gave us many history stories, and we explored how certain events, such as the Viking invasions, the Norman Conquest, the Reformation, and the Empire, have all influenced how the UK relates to the rest of the world today. I loved the discussions and the group presentation.

We were encouraged to look critically at history from a range of perspectives and were also inspired to make some historical trips. I explored the original copies of the Magna Carta in the British Library and Salisbury Cathedral and saw the statue of Boudicca and her daughters near Westminster Bridge in London." (Wendy, Visiting Scholar from China)


If you have any questions, please contact us.

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