School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature (SASHPL)
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In the School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature (SASHPL), we provide a supportive and personal environment that promotes the potential of every student. We're a welcoming, collaborative academic community, with teaching delivered by inspiring, expert staff.
Our courses reflect our expertise in research, teaching and learning, and ensure all of our students realise their potential and are set for success. Our culture is built on accountability, fairness, integrity and transparency, and we value equality, inclusion and authentic professional and personal development.
We offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses, both on campus and via distance learning. Our programmes focus on making sense of the world in which we live and developing new approaches to better understand and respond constructively to major global, national, and local issues in politics, culture, history, identity, sustainability, and gender.
Our academic and professional staff have close ties with our local community — including employers — so we can offer our students opportunities for work placements, internships, and work-based learning.
Our teaching areas
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English and creative writing courses
Writing has the power to transport readers and listeners to an entirely different time and place. Tailor your studies to suit your goals, and graduate with the knowledge and skills find your dream career.
History, politics and international relations courses
Get the skills, knowledge and opportunities to develop a deep understanding of human behaviour, culture and society, and how they interact.
Our research covers multiple disciplines and aligns with the University’s strategic research themes of democratic citizenship, health and wellbeing, sustainability and the environment, security and risk, and future and emerging technologies.
We're proud of our research culture, with a strong commitment to scholarship and publication in both the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR) and the Centre for Studies in Literature (CSL), which inform all our teaching and business services. We're also home to the Citizenship, Race and Belonging Research Group, which explores who is considered to belong within the nation-state, and how ‘outsiders’ are perceived and treated.
Our research areas
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We're researching how literature provides insight and understanding into the lives of other individuals, communities and cultures. Explore our english literature research.
We're understanding our society through the study of experiences, culture, values and activities of people throughout history. Explore our history research.
Politics and international relations
We're exploring pressing issues in politics and international relations and working with organisations, governments and individuals to find solutions. Explore our politics and international relations research.
We're exploring international relations, history, politics, economies, cultures, languages and geography across specific regions. Explore our area studies research.
Our research centres
Much of our exceptional research takes place within the following cross-disciplinary research centres – find out more below.
Centre for European and International Studies Research
We're researching topics such as citizenship, race, language across borders, social theory and transnational politics.
Centre for Studies in Literature
We're researching the history and culture of the English speaking world through literature.
Research project highlights
We're analysing how NGOs and civil society actors influence regional and global politics.
We're researching port towns as sites of social and cultural convergence in partnership with the National Museum of the Royal Navy.
We're exploring the relationships between cities and the supernatural through texts.
We're conducting collaborative research into how academia and policy making can solve peace and security challenges in West Africa.
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