Making History (HIH1400)
|Staff||Dr Laura Sangha - Convenor|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks;|
This module will provide those of you who take History as a principal part of your degree programme with some of the essential tools for studying the past. 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. Recognise how quantitative data can be used in historical study.
- 4. Know 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. Be aware of 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.
The module includes 11 weekly lectures and 7 tutor led seminars.
Lectures will cover such topics as: (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 and constructing bibliographies, critical reading and writing skills; as well as 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 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||11||11 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 Teaching Activities||14||7 x 2 hour seminars will ask students to apply their skills, and will also introduce students to key 'types' of history via a series of case studies.|
|Guided independent study||125||Preparation for seminars|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Seminar discussion||Ongoing through course||2-5||Verbal from tutor and fellow students.|
|Bibliography||2 pages||1, 5, 6, 11||Verbal and written.|
|Reading summaries||2 x 1 paragraph||2-4, 7-11||Verbal in seminar.|
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|
|Skills Learning Log||40||1000 words||1, 5, 6, 8-11||Verbal and written|
|Historiographical Essay||60||1500 words||1-11||Verbal and 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|
|Skills Learning Log||Skills Learning Log, 1000 words||1, 5, 6, 8-11||Referral/deferral period.|
|Historiographical Essay||Historiographical Essay, 1500 words||1-11||Referral/deferral period.|
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