Interdisciplinary Research Methods Project in History and Politics (CHP2000)

StaffDr Richard Noakes - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level6
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module builds on work done at level 1, particularly History Foundation, and prepares for the Interdisciplinary Dissertation at level 3. It encourages you to compare and contrast the different disciplinary perspectives that you have encountered in year 1and to explore interdisciplinary approaches. In particular, it seeks to develop further skills in information retrieval and assessment, handling complex source materials and building a critical bibliography of primary and secondary sources related to a specific topic.  More generally, the project seeks to develop independent study skills, such as working without the close guidance of a supervisor, using written instructions carefully, managing time and developing interests independently of formal instruction. It is compulsory for Combined Honours History and Politics.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Evaluate the main themes in works of History and Politics
  • 2. Assess the professionalism and scholarly value of such works
  • 3. Evaluate the reasons for changes in evaluative and interpretative trends in the literature.
  • 4. Combine analytical and interpretative approaches to evidence and argument from history and politics.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 5. Assess the work of scholars
  • 6. Collate and critique data from a range of sources. Ability to understand and deploy historical and political terminology in a comprehensible manner.
  • 7. Understand and deploy historical and political terminology in a comprehensible manner.
  • 8. Handle different approaches in areas of controversy
  • 9. Build an interdisciplinary perspective.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 10. With guidance, undertake independent study and work.
  • 11. Digest, select and organise varied primary and secondary material.
  • 12. Produce, to a deadline, a coherent and cogent argument and analysis, developed through the mode of assessment.

Syllabus plan

1. Bibliographical and historiographical essay: this essay is a critical analysis of scholarly approaches to and/or scholarly debates on the chosen topic.   The essay should engage with a significant proportion of the relevant secondary literature and include texts from scholars of history and politics.
2. Primary source essay: this is a critical analysis of a range of primary sources.  The sources should be as varied as possible and reflect historical and political perspectives.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Briefing seminarsUp to 3 hoursOutline requirements of the module
SupervisionsUp to 3 hoursDiscuss project ideas and comments on first essay.

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay (bibliographical)503,500 words1-12Mark, written and verbal comments
Essay (primary sources)503,500 words1-12Mark, written and verbal comments

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Essay (bibliographical)503,500 wordsReferral/deferral period
Essay (primary sources)503,500 words

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

As appropriate to choice of research topic.

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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Web based and electronic resources:

As appropriate to choice of research topic.

Available as distance learning?


Last revision date

July 2012

Key words search

History; politics; historiography; bibliography; methodology; research