Module Details

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Title Cities on the Edge: Port Cities in World History
Code HIST376
Coordinator Dr GJ Milne
History
G.J.Milne@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 6 FHEQ First Semester 30

Aims

To explore the history of seaport cities from social, economic, spatial, political and cultural perspectives;

To develop international comparative awareness through port city histories;

To introduce students to a wide range of primary sources and critical literature, as well as key debates and concepts used in the historiography of cities in general and of seaport cities in particular.


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 understanding of the historical development of seaport cities in the wider context of world urbanisation

(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 two hour seminars focus on discussion of secondary literature and comparative analysis of primary sources. The one hour seminars are used for methods workshops, closer discussion of selected sources, and group feedback/ feed-forward sessions relating to the assignments. Key classic texts are discussed in the early seminars, followed by sessions on key themes including spatial interpretations; trade and trading communities; seafarers and waterfront workers; and waterfront regeneration. Other classes are devoted to detailed analysis of primary evidence including memoirs, journalism, official reports, maps and plans, and photographs and other visual sources.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Seminar:
The module is taught in seminars totalling 33 hours. There is a 2-hour seminar and a 1-hour seminar every week.


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours   33

        33
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 267
TOTAL HOURS 300

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
Final Essay. There is a reassessment opportunity. Standard UoL penalties will apply. This is an anonymous assessment.  -3000 words    50       
Primary Source Assignment. There is a reassessment opportunity. Standard UoL penalties will apply. This is an anonymous assessment.  -1500 words    25       
Secondary Literature Assignment. There is a reassessment opportunity. Standard UoL penalties will apply. This is an anonymous assessment.  -1500 words    25       

Recommended Texts

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