Making History (HIH1400)

StaffDr Laura Sangha - Convenor
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level4
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks;

Module aims

The module has two parts, each of which has a distinct aim:

  1. Part one will introduce you to the essential practical tools that every historian requires. Lectures will introduce the idea of historiography, before exploring and explaining a range of research, writing and referencing skills. In seminars you will apply this knowledge; for example by constructing bibliographies, or assessing and taking notes on books and articles.
  2. Part two will introduce you to the essential intellectual tools that every historian needs to be aware of. Lectures will provide an introduction to key types of history (political, social, cultural, postmodern, global and digital). Seminars will be based around the discussion of ‘case studies’ of each type of history.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Present work in the format expected of historians, with accurate footnoting and bibliographic references
  • 2. Recognise the variety of approaches taken to historical study
  • 3. Discuss how quantitative data can be used in historical study
  • 4. Describe at a basic level some of the philosophical problems confronting historians, i.e. the difficulties of total objectivity, the value of debate

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 5. Develop knowledge of the use of a library to find information
  • 6. Comprehend how to undertake the accurate referencing of sources in written work
  • 7. Draw thematic comparisons between material from different sources
  • 8. Describe approaches to research, including the difference between qualitative and quantitative data

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 9. Demonstrate critical skills and communications skills (written and oral)
  • 10. Work both independently and in a group, including compilation, presentation and discussion of material in groups
  • 11. Digest, select and organise material to produce, to a deadline, a coherent and cogent argument developed through the mode of assessment

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:


  • (for skills) historiography;
  • finding books, journals and online materials;
  • critical reading skills, writing history;
  • (for historiography) political, social, cultural, postmodern, global and digital history.

Seminars will be focused on developing particular skills such as:

  • referencing;
  • formatting;
  • constructing bibliographies;
  • critical reading and writing skills;
  • introducing key themes: historiography, political, social, cultural and postmodern history.

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
Scheduled Learning and Teaching1111 x 1-hour lectures providing an introduction to historical research, the use of the library, the idea of historiography, and research skills.
Scheduled Learning and Teaching147 x 2-hour seminars will ask you to apply your skills, and will also introduce you to key ‘types’ of history via a series of case studies.
Guided independent study125Preparation for seminars

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Seminar discussionOngoing through module2-5Oral from tutor and fellow students
Bibliography2 pages1, 5-6, 11Oral and written
Critical reading assignment1 paragraph2-4, 7-11Oral feedback in seminar
Essay Plan1 page2-5, 7-11Written

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
Skills learning review401500 words1, 5-6, 8-11Oral and written
Essay602000 words1-11Oral and written

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Skills learning reviewSkills learning review1, 5-6, 8-11Referral/deferral period.
EssayEssay1-11Referral/deferral period.

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Claus, Peter, and John Marriott, History: An Introduction to Theory, Method and Practice (Harlow: Pearson Education, 2012).
  • Jordanova, Ludmilla, History in Practice, 2nd ed. (London: Hodder Arnold, 2006).
  • Rublack, Ulinka, ed., A Concise Companion to History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).
  • Tosh, John, The Pursuit of History: Aims, Methods and New Directions of Modern History (Harlow: Pearson Education, 2006).

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Historiography, approaches, concepts