Module Details

The information contained in this module specification was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change, either during the session because of unforeseen circumstances, or following review of the module at the end of the session. Queries about the module should be directed to the member of staff with responsibility for the module.
Title HISTORY EXTENDED DISSERTATION
Code HIST399
Coordinator Prof CJ Esdaile
History
Epsom@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2020-21 Level 6 FHEQ Second Semester 45

Aims

To give students the opportunity to carry out and successfully deliver independent study at an advanced level;

To draw on and extend the skills and knowledge of relevant historical, historiographical and theoretical debates, issues and materials acquired during the first five semesters of the programme.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon primary sources.

(LO2) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians

(LO3) An ability to design, research and present a sustained and independently-conceived piece of historical writing.

(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

 

The History Extended Dissertation is an independent research project, and as such is guided and supervised rather than taught. Contact hours are therefore focused on group and individual meetings designed to cultivate and encourage the necessary independence of mind and autonomous working.


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. It also offers an overview of good practice in time-management and organisations, talking students in detail through the milestones and deadlines associated with the dissertation. The aim is to address a core set of questions, freeing up workshop and supervision 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 research process. This is an efficient and constructive way of inculcating research and writing approaches that need to be common to all projects 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 learn ers who are nevertheless part of a subject community.
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Method 3 - Tutorial
Description: These individual tutorials focus on addressing subject-specific issues arising from individual research projects that are too detailed for discussion in the class workshops. Their focus will be on discussing feedback on draft chapters, given that more generic issues will be dealt with in the workshops. These hours are calculated from an initial 30 minute meeting, plus 30 minutes for each 2,500 word chapter draft.
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Self-Directed Learning Description: Students are expected to locate and assess primary and secondary historical material of their own choosing for the dissertation, in consultation with their supervisor. They should also prepare for workshop and individual tutorial classes to ensure that they use that time as effectively as possible to address specific issues arising from the research. They also devote indepen dent study time to drafting, revising and completing their dissertation, by some way the longest piece of writing that they attempt in the course of the programme. Substantial staff time is devoted to commenting on draft work, and students are expected to make full use of that guidance in improving their final submitted work.


Teaching Schedule

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

  2.5

    8

11.5
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 438.5
TOTAL HOURS 450

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
Dissertation There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is not an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :Semester 2  10000 words    100       

Recommended Texts

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