Doing History: Perspectives on Sources (HIH2001)

StaffDr Emily Bridger - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level5
Pre-requisitesHIH1400 Making History
Duration of Module Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module builds on work done at level 1 in the core modules in History, and in Sources and Skills modules. It is a guided independent study module, which aims to develop students' independent learning, understanding of the value and use of primary sources in history, knowledge of historiography, and critical and presentational skills. It also serves as part of the preparation for the final element of independent study in history programmes at level 3 in the form of the Dissertation. The module is compulsory for Single Honours History and optional for Combined Honours History students and others. However, the module is a prerequisite for Combined Honours students wishing to undertake a Dissertation in History at level 3.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Evaluate changes in historiography and to identify significant historical debates
  • 2. Identify and access a range of suitable primary sources
  • 3. Reflect critically upon the learning experience

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Assess the work of scholars and handle different approaches in areas of controversy
  • 5. Collate and critique data from a range of sources
  • 6. Understand and deploy historical terminology in a comprehensible manner

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 7. Conduct independent study and work
  • 8. Digest, select and organise varied primary and secondary material
  • 9. Produce, to a deadline, a coherent and cogent argument and analysis, developed through the mode of assessment

Syllabus plan

1.Project Proposal

2.Source Portfolio

3.Learning Log

The module consists of three inter-linked elements. The first is a Project Proposal, identifying a key historical debate to be addressed and outlining primary and secondary sources to be used to explore it. The second is a Source Portfolio, involving a historiographical introduction to the historical debate and analysis of a range of relevant primary sources. The third is a learning log in which students reflect upon the learning process and the decisions that they have taken to complete the Proposal and Portfolio. Students will receive general guidance about the module from the module co-ordinator and will be allocated in small groups to individual supervisors according to their broad areas of historical interest. Work for the module will be supervised on a group and individual basis as appropriate, including two formal meetings to discuss the Project Proposal and the Portfolio/Learning Log. A series of lectures will introduce students to the basics of the module requirements, and research and analysis skills.

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 teaching activities11Lectures and workshops (11 x 1hr)
Guided independent study287Independent study
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities2Maximum individual consultation time with supervisor

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Project Proposal - failure to submit the project proposal will result in a 5 mark deduction from the portfolio mark.1000 word1,2,7 and 8Written and verbal comments

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
Source Portfolio807000 words1 to 9Written and verbal comments
Learning log202000 words3, 7 and 9Written 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
Source PortfolioSource Portfolio1 to 9Referral/deferral period
Learning logLearning log2, 7 and 9Referral/deferral period

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Sources; Portfolio; Doing History