Module Details

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Code HIST105
Coordinator Dr CA Hudson
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2019-20 Level 4 FHEQ First Semester 15


To discuss the discipline of History, its relevance and significance as a means of understanding the past and the present;

To appreciate the complex nature of historical knowledge through engagement with a key historiographical debate;

To develop written and oral skills and aptitudes developed by the study of history;

To understand the rules and procedures of the scholarly community in the department of history and to enter into the research culture through engagement with one tutor’s work;

To encourage the independent and self-reflective attitudes which are essential to university-level study.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextuallyupon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretationsof historians

(LO2) An understanding of the development of different historiographies and anawareness of different historical approaches.

(LO3) A foundational knowledge of the professional practice of History

(S1) Confidence, independence of mind, responsibility, organisation and time-management.

(S2) The ability to work collaboratively and to participate in group discussion

(S3) Gathering, analysing and organising information, including online and digital resources.

(S4) Structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of oral expression.

(S5) Structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of written expression



A series of lectures and seminars will focus on the specificity of historical enquiry and the significance of history in past and present societies, including the public role and nature of history, together with the skills necessary to become an effective historian. The lectures provide several connections and a springboard for students’ full participation in HIST106. The lecture programme (eleven one-hour lectures) surveys the various ways thathistory matters – in scholarship, in policy, in public culture, for personalidentity, through cultural representation and in the online environment. It sets out the range of values, approaches and tools that historians use in(re-)constructing the past, as well as providing a critical exploration of the many uses that the past is put to. Encouraging an active engagement with lecture content in this team-taught module, lecturers provide the key information that students require to begin their own historical investigations. Lecture s will address library research, the use of digital media in studying history and public policy impacts, as well as spotlighting the history department’s research culture. The seminar programme (eleven 1.5-hour seminars) will allow students to explore therange of methods, epistemologies and approaches that inform one particular historiographical discussion or debate. By studying how historians have formulated and deployed their arguments, students will learn how to shape their own historical arguments. Working with tutors on a particular area of their research, students will explore how historians go about their work.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Description: The lectures provide a framework for the module, introduce the main themes, concepts and historical debates, and provide the context for the in-depth discussions in the seminars.
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Method 2 - Seminar
Description: These two hour sessions focus on detailed group analysis of key aspects of the module
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 5


Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 123


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Presentation There is a resit opportunity. This is not an anonymous assessment.  5 minutes    15       
Online Skills Quiz There is a resit opportunity. This is an anonymous assessment.  30 minutes    10       
Group Debate There is a resit opportunity. This is not an anonymous assessment.  1 hour    15       
Literature Review There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.  -2000 words    60       

Recommended Texts

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