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.
Code HIST590
Coordinator Dr GJ Milne
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 7 FHEQ Second Semester 15


This module aims to provide students with knowledge of a wide range of theoretical, conceptual and methodological themes in History;

The module seeks to meet the requirements of Masters level provision in History by familiarising students with cutting-edge research, offered both by historians within the History department and elsewhere in the University;

In addition, the module seeks to support a wider agenda for research in History by connecting Masters students to the research community of historians at Liverpool, broadly defined, including our numerous Research Centres (Centre for the Study of International Slavery, the Liverpool Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Worlds) as well as the work of historians in the Departments of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, in the Department of Public Health and Policy, or the Department of Sociology.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) A systematic knowledge, understanding and critical awareness of key themes and approaches in the study of the field covered by the module.

(LO2) An ability to engage with current historiographical and theoretical debates appropriate to MA level in an informed, analytical and critical manner.

(LO3) An ability to interpret and evaluate a diverse range of primary source material critically and empathetically, while addressing questions of content, genre, authorship, and audience.

(LO4) The acquisition of practical academic skills, demonstrated through task-based activities including compiling a bibliography, writing and discussing essays, adopting correct citation practice, leading workshops and giving oral presentations.

(S1) Organisational skills

(S2) Adaptability

(S3) Communication skills

(S4) International awareness



The module will comprise a series of lectures and seminars given by external and internal speakers, based on a particular theme in History, and covering a wide range of geographical areas, periods, and approaches. The module will build on content, topics and skills introduced in HIST527, HIST507 and MODL500, along with the other core modules on the programme. These include:- Advanced analysis of theoretical / historiographical debates; Advanced use and interpretation of primary sources for historical research and Comparative, transnational and global perspectives on history. Content will be made available to students through lectures and seminars.
Students are expected to attend lectures, to participate in seminar discussions, read widely within the resources on the reading list if appropriate and locate their own supplementary reading (in consultation with the module teaching staff) in order to develop their own research interests.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching method 1 - lecture.
Lectures hosted by the Department of History, or by historians hosted by other departments within the University.

Teaching method 2 - seminar.
Seminars run by teaching staff within History or other historians within the University covering a range of themes and approaches to History.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 10


Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 132


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Research Seminar Assessment. There is a reassessment opportunity. Standard UoL penalties will apply. This is an anonymous assessment.  -1500 words    20       
Essay There is a reassessment opportunity. Standard UoL penalties will apply. This is an anonymous assessment.  -3000 words    80       

Recommended Texts

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