History Foundation Course (HIC1000)

StaffDr Martha Vandrei - Lecturer
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15.00
NQF Level4
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

The aim of this module is to provide students for whom History is a principal part of their degree programme with the essential tools for the study of the subject. These involve both the practical skills needed to work successfully as a student and understandings of some of the issues involved in studying history as an academic discipline. In the first part of the module called ‘Making History’, key skills in research, writing and critical thinking will be developed that link directly to the needs of all students in their other modules. In ‘Issues and Concepts’, the aim is to supply students with the essential intellectual equipment to understand key debates in history. In ‘History and Film’, students are asked to engaged directly and critically with one of the central ways in which contemporary historical knowledge is made and propagated through society, and to critique and interpret history as an aspect of visual culture.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. demonstrate that you have the range of research, writing and presentation skills necessary in order to enable you to work effectively as a historian
  • 2. demonstrate some critical awareness of a range of concepts and issues in history and the ways in which they are deployed in historical debate
  • 3. show some appropriate source critical skills, especially in the analysis of the moving image as history

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. demonstrate sufficient understanding of what is expected in terms of academic practice as an historian and the rigour of historical practice
  • 5. demonstrate some ability to think critically and conceptually about historical practice and interpretation, and to apply this to your own practice
  • 6. competently interpret and critique the presentation of history as film, and use film effectively as a primary source across a range of historical subject areas and modules

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 7. demonstrate capacity to use critical analytical skills and communications skills (both written and oral).
  • 8. Show that you are able to work effectively both independently and in a group
  • 9. demonstrate a capacity to digest, select and organize relevant material in order to produce a coherent and cogent argument.

Syllabus plan

1. Term 1. Making History– An introduction to historical skills in research, analysis and writing.

2. Term 2. Issues and Concepts– An introduction to conceptual and methodological problems in history.

3. Terms 1 and 2. History and Film– An introduction to the understanding and critical interpretation of historical film.

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
Lectures22Lectures: These provide the main outline of skills and knowledge that is required for this module and are delivered by staff members. Further reading will be supplied on ELE and you will be expected to read widely around the lectures.
Seminars22Seminars: These provide the main opportunity for student-led discussion of the modules themes and for group-work. Guided reading will be provided on ELE and you will be expected to prepare fully for these classes beforehand.
Guided independent study234Guided study following the ranges of exercises, assessments and readings. Information on what is expected will be supplied through ELE.
Film viewing22A series of film viewings and discussion sessions that link to the modules Micro-histories and World History. These will involve discussion sessions led by members of staff for which there will be guided reading provided on ELE. You will be expected to read sufficiently around these viewings to enable you to engage at an adequate level in the discussion.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Classroom set-exercise 50 minutes1,3,4,6,7,8,9 Verbal and peer feedback
Classroom set-exercise 50 minutes2,5,7,8,9,Verbal and peer feedback
Group presentations 15 mins 1,4,7,9 Verbal and peer feedback

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
Essay301000 words individual research essay1,4,7, 8, 9Written
Examination702 hours 2,3,5,6,9Written

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Essay Essay1,4,7,8,9ref/def periode
ExamExam2,3,5,6,9ref/def periode

Re-assessment notes

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Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:

Ludmilla Jordanova, History in Practice (London: Arnold, revised 2nd ed. 2006)
John Tosh, The Pursuit of History (London: Longman, revised 3rd ed., 2002)
Pat Hudson, History by Numbers. An Introduction to Quantitative Approaches (London: Arnold, 2000)
S.Berger, H. Feldner & K. Passmore, Writing History. Theory and Practice (London: Arnold, 2003)

Rosenston, Robert, History on Film/Film on History (History: Concepts,Theories and Practice) (2006)

Smith, Paul, The Historian and Film (1976; 2008)

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Last revision date

February 2012

Key words search

History, Skills, Research, Film, Visual Culture