School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature
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
Explore the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees we offer within the following areas.
Or read about postgraduate research opportunities on our Area Studies and International Development, History, Literary Studies and Politics and International Relations postgraduate research degrees pages.
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
Explore the work we're doing across the 4 research areas that sit within the School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature (SASHPL).
In a globalised and fast-changing world, we're studying how English literature can provide valuable insight and understanding into the lives of other individuals, communities and cultures.
We're studying how everyday people throughout time have responded to upheaval – so we can better understand our own society, and how it may change in the future.
We're working with organisations, governments and individuals to deal with some of the world's most pressing issues – from reducing the impact of war, to fighting political exclusion.
Our research centres
Much of our exceptional research takes place within the following cross-disciplinary research centres – find out more below.
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.
Explore our faculty
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