The First Day of the Somme (HIH1506)

StaffDr Timothy Rees - Convenor
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level4
Pre-requisitesn/a
Co-requisitesn/a
Duration of Module Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

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.

Syllabus plan

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 ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
221280

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities22 hour lecture: Introduction to the module.
Scheduled learning and teaching activities2010 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 learning128Students prepare for the session through reading and research; writing a weekly source essay and preparing one group presentation in the course of the term.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Group presentation (3-4 students)10-15 minutes1-4, 6-7, 9Oral
Lowest mark from portfolio of 5 source commentaries500 words1-5, 7-8, 10Marks and written comments

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
10000

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
4 highest marks from portfolio of 5 source commentaries602000 words (500 per commentary) (15% per commentary)1-5, 7-8, 10Mark and written comments
Essay on Sources401500 words1-5, 7-8, 10Mark and written comments
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Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
4 highest marks from portfolio of 5 source commentaries4 highest marks from portfolio of 5 source commentaries1-5, 7-8, 10Referral/deferral period
1500 word essay1500 word essay1-5, 7-8, 10Referral/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)

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Available as distance learning?

No

Last revision date

15/07/2014