Approaches to History (HIH1401)
|Staff||Dr Laura Sangha - Convenor|
|Duration of Module||Term 2: 11 weeks;|
This module will explore a variety of approaches to history. It will investigate some of the overarching issues encountered and concepts used by historians. It will also encourage students to make comparisons across time and geography. Lectures will be given by different members of staff each week to demonstrate the variety of approaches to history. Seminars will encourage students to explore these issues in more depth through reading and discussing individual articles and through researching and presenting particular topics to their group.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Present work in the format expected of historians, with accurate footnoting and bibliographic references.
- 2. Be aware of some of the recurring themes of history such as class, gender, ethnicity, religion and war.
- 3. Recognise the variety of approaches taken to historical study.
- 4. Know at a basic level the philosophical problems confronting historians (the difference between history and the past, the difficulties of total objectivity, the value of debate, the uses of history).
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 5. Know how to undertake the accurate referencing of sources in written work.
- 6. Draw thematic comparisons between material from different sources.
- 7. Demonstrate an awareness of contrasting approaches to research, an understanding of the difference between qualitative and quantitative data, and an awareness of some of the basic philosophical questions arising from the study of history.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 8. Demonstrate critical skills and communications skills (written and oral).
- 9. Work both independently and in a group, including the presentation and discussion of material in groups.
- 10. Digest, select and organize 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 introduce key historical themes and concepts such as power, archives, identities, gender, beliefs and ideas, emotions, the body, micro and macro histories and periodization. Seminars will give the students an opportunity to research and discuss some of these themes in more depth. The seminars also include a book review workshop to prepare students for this part of the assessment.
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 exploring concepts such as archives, gender and power.|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities.||14||7 x 2 hour seminars exploring particular articles and concepts in more depth.|
|Guided independent study||125||Preparation of work for seminars, presentations, book review and seen exam.|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Seminar discussion||Ongoing through course||2-4, 6-10||Verbal from tutor and other students.|
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|
|Group Presentation||20||20 minutes (for 4 students or c. 5 minutes per student if group size different).||1-4, 7-11||Verbal and written.|
|Book Review||30||1000 words||1-5, 7-11||Written.|
|Seen Exam||50||1 hour||1-4, 6-11||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|
|Group Presentation||Script as for individual part of presentation, equivalent to 5 minutes.||1-4, 7-11||Referral/deferral period.|
|Book Review||Book Review, 1000 words||1-5, 7-11||Referral/deferral period.|
|Seen Exam||Seen Exam||1-4, 6-11||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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