Current Research in Medieval Studies (HISM184)
|Staff||Professor Simon Barton - Convenor|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks; Term 3: 1 weeks;|
This module has three aims: 1. To engage students in research communication, focusing on the core skill of the academic paper; 2. To develop students’ own skills in the practice of research communication by preparing them to present a paper on their own research to their peers by the end of the module; 3. To formulate a proposal for a Dissertation project.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Identify current research questions and methodological trends in medieval studies.
- 2. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of researchers use of evidence, interpretation and argument.
- 3. Understand the research context for medieval studies.
- 4. Formulate a proposal for a Dissertation project.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 5. Evaluate the effective form and focus for research presentation in medieval studies.
- 6. Evaluate the strengths and weakness of different stylistic approaches to research presentation in medieval studies.
- 7. Present a research paper and respond to questioning in medieval studies.
- 8. Identify key research questions in a given field, the appropriate source materials with which to address them and the characteristics of the research context into which any project arising might be situated.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 9. Participate in a constructive but honest discussion of your own and others work.
- 10. Problematise a subject in respect of key questions, intended outcomes and impact.
- 11. Present your ideas concisely and clearly, orally and in writing.
The module has three teaching components:
- Attendance at the Centre for Medieval Studies research seminar (or equivalent medieval-themed seminars or conference papers run by the University): You will be required to attend all seminars, including those beyond your chosen field of specialisation, in order to gain an understanding of the range of research in interdisciplinary medieval studies. The seminar runs across all three terms, with an average of five papers in the autumn and spring terms, and two in the summer term. The programme will be organised to ensure coherence and to reflect the range of medieval studies disciplines. Guided reading will be provided in preparation for each seminar and students will be asked to write a commentary on the seminars they have attended.
- Inter-seminar discussions: Three times per term, you will meet with other students and the module convenor to reflect on the papers you have heard: how successful were the papers you heard? How clear and cogent was the argument? What worked and what didn’t? These sessions will also provide guidance for the early stages of preparing the dissertation.
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||18||Attendance at Centre for Medieval Studies research seminar (or equivalent medieval seminar), twelve times across the year. Seminars last approximately 1 ½ hours.|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||6||Discussion of seminar papers and dissertation planning 6 x 1 hour seminars|
|Guided Independent Study||126||Reading in advance of research seminars and preparation of reflective log and seminar presentation|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Group Discussion Sessions||Ongoing through course||1-4, 7-8||Oral from peers and tutor|
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|
|Research Seminar Commentary||50||2000 words||1-4, 7-8||Verbal and written|
|Seminar presentation||20||15 minutes||3, 5-8||Verbal and written|
|Dissertation proposal||30||1000 words||4, 7, 9||Written|
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|
|Research Seminar Commentary||Research Seminar Commentary||1-4, 7-8||Referral/deferral period|
|Seminar presentation||Script as for 15 minute presentation||3, 5-8||Referral/deferral period|
|Dissertation proposal||Dissertation proposal||4, 7, 9||Referral/deferral period|
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Module convener will suggest appropriate readings linked to Centre for Medieval Studies research seminar each year.
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