The First Day of the Somme (HIH1506)
|Staff||Dr Timothy Rees - Convenor|
|Duration of Module||
Term 2: 11 weeks; |
Sources related to the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1 July 1916, will be used to explore the nature of the battle, its impact on British experience during the Great War, and its central place in the representations of war.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Assess the nature of the Battle of the Somme, its impact on British experience during the Great War, and its central place in the representations of war
- 2. Work critically with a range of sources for the history of the First World War, with particular reference to the Battle of the Somme.
- 3. Critique modern British historical texts.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 4. Identify the problems of using historical sources, e.g. bias, reliability, etc, and to compare the validity of different types of source.
- 5. Demonstrate the ability to answer a question briefly and concisely.
- 6. Present work and respond to questions orally, and think quickly of questions to ask other students.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 7. Conduct independent study and group work, including the presentation of material for group discussion, developed through the mode of learning.
- 8. Digest, select and organise material to produce, to a deadline, a coherent and cogent argument, developed through the mode of assessment.
- 9. Work with others in a team and to interact effectively with the tutor and the wider group.
- 10. Write to a very tight word-length.
The module will look at different kinds of sources for the study of the Somme- memoirs, oral histories, photographs, film, novels, poetry, official records, memorials - to ask whether we can have a definitive version of the Battle and its place in British history.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||2||2 hour lecture: Introduction to the module.|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||20||10 x 2 hour seminars. At a meeting of the whole class generally a different group of 3-4 students will give a presentation to the whole class, followed by class discussion and working through the sources for that week carefully. Additional sources may be issued in the class and the lecturer will also use the time to set up issues for the following week.|
|Guided independent learning||128||Students prepare for the session through reading and research; writing a weekly source essay and preparing one group presentation in the course of the term.|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Group presentation (3-4 students)||10-15 minutes||1-4, 6-7, 9||Oral |
|Lowest mark from portfolio of 5 source commentaries||500 words||1-5, 7-8, 10||Marks and written comments|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|4 highest marks from portfolio of 5 source commentaries||60||2000 words (500 per commentary) (15% per commentary)||1-5, 7-8, 10||Mark and written comments|
|Essay on Sources||40||1500 words||1-5, 7-8, 10||Mark and written comments|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|4 highest marks from portfolio of 5 source commentaries||4 highest marks from portfolio of 5 source commentaries||1-5, 7-8, 10||Referral/deferral period|
|1500 word essay||1500 word essay||1-5, 7-8, 10||Referral/deferral period|
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
M.Middlebrook, The First Day on the Somme (Penguin, 1965)
G. Sheffield, The Somme (Cassell MIlitary, 2003)
G. Gliddon, The Legacy of the Somme 1916: the Battle in Fact, Film and Fiction (Sutton, 1996)
J. Masefield, The Old Front Line (Heinmann, 1917)
Doulgas Haig, Douglas Haig: War Diaries and Letters (Weidenfield and Nicholson, 2005)
Department of Information Film Unit, The Battle of the Somme (1916)
L.Macdonald, The Somme (Penguin, 1983)
R.Graves, Goodbye to All That (Penguin, 1929)
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