Module Details

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Title USES OF THE PAST: HISTORY IMPACT MODULE
Code HIST320
Coordinator Professor B Effros
History
Bonnie.Effros@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 6 FHEQ Second Semester 15

Aims

Encourage students to think about the issue of applied history by examining the way we use and interpret the past in a contemporary context;

Familiarise students with current debates regarding the role of history in the heritage industry, policy-making and ‘popular’ history (including film, sites of memorialisation and the internet);

Make connections between the independent historical research undertaken by students for their dissertations and / or research essays and the specific thematic strands of this module, encouraging students to consider the type(s) of audience that would be interested in their specialist areas of research;

Use digital medium of a blog to communicate about a historical subject with the general public.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically on works that address historians’ interaction with the public and with policy makers.

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

(LO3) To reflect on the impact of historical research in social, political and cultural contexts.

(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 module is organised in three strands: ‘The Popular Past’, ‘Policy and the Past’, and ‘Curating the Past’. Following an introductory week to this subject, we will examine how history is represented and used beyond the academy. Each strand has a pair of lectures, some given by external experts, and a dedicated seminar. The second half of the module consists of two lectures by professionals working in the field about how to market your work, in addition to a workshop and seminars that develop your skills in making presentations and creating a poster that will get your work across to a wider audience.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lecture:
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. There will be ten of these in the new configuration of the module (instead of eight). This is to incorporate more career-related content in the module.

Seminar:
These focus on detailed group analysis of key aspects of the module. There will be separate groupings for HIST320 and HIST388 students so that instructors can focus on the assessments relative to each group appropriately.


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 8

18

        26
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 124
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
Presentation. There is a reassessment opportunity. This is not an anonymous assessment. Standard UoL penalties will apply.  8 minutes    15       
Public History Blog There is a reassessment opportunity. Standard UoL penalties will apply. This is an anonymous assessment.  -1500 words    50       
Poster. There is a reassessment opportunity. Standard UoL penalties will apply. This is not an anonymous assessment.  250 words max text    35       

Recommended Texts

Reading lists are managed at readinglists.liverpool.ac.uk. Click here to access the reading lists for this module.