Module Details

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Title REVIEWING HISTORY
Code HIST393
Coordinator Dr LR Sandy
History
L.Sandy@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2019-20 Level 6 FHEQ Second Semester 15

Aims

To give students the opportunity develop a high level of engagement with key secondary sources of relevance to their dissertation;

To explore historians’ approaches to the practice of book reviewing, and inculcate those in students’ own analysis and presentation of findings.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians.

(LO2) An ability to present a scholarly book review essay in accordance with the conventions of such tasks in the published work of historians.

(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


Syllabus

 

Reviewing History is a complementary module to the History Dissertation, and as such is guided rather than taught. Contact hours are focused on group meetings that explain the practice of book reviewing and answer student queries, while encouraging independence of mind and autonomous working. With guidance from supervisors, students identify major books related to their dissertation and produce a review essay with contextual, historiographical, methodological and conceptual analysis as appropriate to the texts in question. This enables an appreciably deeper engagement with key secondary sources than is possible in the dissertation itself, and also inculcates an understanding of the professional practice of book reviewing.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Description: The module has an initial briefing lecture that sets out the aims and administrative processes of the module. The aim is to address a core set of questions, freeing up workshop time for more advanced discussion.
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Method 2 - Workshop
Description: Workshop classes bring together all members of a tutor’s supervision group to compare experiences and develop a common sense of the demands of the reviewing process. This is an efficient and constructive way of inculcating approaches that need to be common to all reviews regardless of the detailed subject matter. It is also an opportunity for students to informally learn from each other, and support each other as independent learners who are nevertheless part of a subject community.
Attendance Recorded: Yes


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 1

        4

5
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 145
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
             
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Book review essay There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.  -2000 words    100       

Recommended Texts

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