History: Medieval and Renaissance Studies MA

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: 24 months
  • Programme start: October 2020
  • Entry requirements: You should normally have a BA in History or a related discipline (2:1 or above, or international equivalent).
Medieval and Renaissance Studies MA

Module details

Compulsory modules

History and History-writing in the Middle Ages and Renaissance (HIST585)
LevelM
Credit level30
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To introduce students to a range of key themes in the historiography of the middle ages and renaissance;

To consider how historians have studied the historiography of the middle ages and renaissance, with reference to particular texts or groups of texts;

To explore relevant concepts and approaches in the historiography of the middle ages and renaissance;

To engage in the critical evaluation of historical texts.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) A systematic knowledge and understanding of key themes in the history of the middle ages and renaissance.

(LO2) A systematic knowledge and understanding of key themes in the historiography of the middle ages and renaissance.

(LO3) An ability to engage with current historiographical and theoretical debates in an informed and critical manner.

(LO4) An ability to interpret and evaluate a range of primary sources, addressing questions of content, genre, authorship and audience.

(LO5) The enhancement of practical academic skills such as the compiling of bibliographies and the drafting and writing of essays.

(LO6) The enhancement of research-related skills such as literature searches, formulating and evaluating research questions, gathering and selecting evidence, and the critical reading of texts.

(S1) Structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of written expression

(S2) Structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of oral expression

(S3) Gathering, analysing and organising information

(S4) Team-working, respect for others reasoned views, flexibility and adaptability

Historical Research (HIST527)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To be able to identify theories and concepts from the social sciences, or from literary or gender studies, as appropriate to their subsequent dissertation work;

In addition, graduate students of history need to develop a broad understanding of the nature of the primary sources available to historians in their chosen fields of study, and the range of methodological approaches used in interrogating these primary sources;

This module addresses the location of primary sources and their accessibility, the various strategies devised by historians for analysing them, and the ethical issues raised in the pursuit of historical research. It is designed to enable you to identify, where appropriate, a range of primary sources relating to the field of your proposed dissertation topic in Semester two.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) An ability to engage with current historiographical and theoretical debates appropriate to MA level in an informed, analytical and critical manner.

(LO2) Show an understanding of the issues faced by historians when using primary sources.

(LO3) 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.

(LO4) Critically evaluate historians’ use of theory in framing research questions.

(LO5) Show an understanding of the sources and methodological approach(es) appropriate to specific research topics.

(LO6) Show an awareness of ethical issues in historical research.

(LO7) An ability to develop arguments that systematically and creatively organize, synthesize and present clearly large bodies of historical and literary material in written and oral form

(S1) Confidence, independence of mind and time-management

(S2) Good time-keeping and readiness to accept responsibility

(S3) Team-working, respect for others reasoned views, flexibility and adaptability

(S4) Structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of written expression

Latin Ia (CLAH641)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
Aims

To introduce Latin to students who have not necessarily studied a foreign language in depth before;

With the help of standard terms for classifying and analysing the elements of the language's fabric, the module shows how words in Latin interact with each other ('Grammar') and how they change their shapes (cf. English, 'I eat, he eat s' ) as part of this process ('morphology'), forming phrases and building into sentences;

The module builds on the step by step addition to knowledge of grammar and uses practice sentences and passages, aimed at developing the student's ability to translate Latin of increasing literary and linguistic sophistication;

Students are expected to memorise Latin words and build their vocabulary. The module also aims to begin the process of learning about Roman history and culture via engagement with concepts and words in the original language.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students who take this module will be able to use traditional grammar to analyse sentences in English and Latin, and to read and translate short passages of Latin prose.

(LO2) Transferable Skills.This module is designed to foster the following transferable skills, not all of which are directly tested in the assessment: Knowledge: Recall morphological sets and grammatical rules; Recall vocabulary; Understanding: Be able to use morphology and rules to translate sentences and passages accurately; Be aware of un-English word order principles; Be aware of un-English pronoun usage; Be aware of un-English language sound; Be aware of different sociological frames for some lexical items; Be able to use principle translation strategies (top-down bottom-up; information sequencing; Need-to-know; Phrase-building; Be aware of different learning methods.

(LO3) Students who take this module will be trained in the use of:Grammatical terminology and analysis; Use and formation of nouns (5 declensions);Use and formation of verbs (4 conjugations and sum esse); Use and formation of adjectives (decelension 1/2 and 3); Transitive and intransitive sentences; Apposition;Use of prepositions; Temporal clauses with ubi/postquam; Formation and use of participles; Verbs in the passive; Indirect speech construction; Use of volo, nolo, possum + infinitive.

(S1) Grammatical skill (recall and application of morphology and syntax)

(S2) Awareness of English grammar

(S3) Translation skills; awareness of translation strategies and appropriateness of style

Medieval Palaeography (general) (HIST560)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To develop palaeography skills through written and verbal exercises, so as to be able to translate a variety of manuscripts and documents;

To enable students to recognise and transcribe the different scripts, abbreviations and contractions, found in manuscripts and documents produced in the middle ages and renaissance, c.500-c.1700;

To familiarize students with the language and diplomatic formulae used, so that they may identify and understand the records and their historical significance.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) A systematic and detailed knowledge and understanding of the main script types used displayed by western manuscript sources for the period c.500-1600.

(LO2) A systematic and detailed knowledge and understanding of the development of letter forms and scripts during the period covered by the module, including abbreviations and contractions.

(LO3) An ability to read, transcribe, translate and interpret to high level of accuracy manuscripts and documents from the period covered by the module, demonstrating very good knowledge of transcription.

(LO4) An ability to engage critically with current research into the defintions and uses of diplomatic as a historiographical skill.

(LO5) An ability to interpret and evaluate critically a range of western manuscript sources.

(LO6) The development and enhancement of practical skills of historical research in respect of the discovery, evaluation and interpretation of key manuscript and docuemntary sources.

(S1) Working knowledge of Latin

(S2) Ability to read, transcribe and interpret historical documents

(S3) Self management and discipline including time-management

Latin Ib (CLAH642)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
Aims

This module continues to cover fundamental elements of Latin Grammar, phonology and morphology and their terminologies, the analysis of compound sentence structure, translation of sentences from and into Latin, and short passages from Latin. A continuous reading text is introduced, the anonymous latin Romance, Apollonius of Tyre. This has been adapted to produce a seamlessly increasing complexity in the expression of narrative, and an arena for the application of the knowledge and skills acquired in the language classes. Students are expected to build a more extensive vocabulary of Latin words.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students who take this module will be able to use traditional grammar to analyse sentences in English and Latin, and to read and translate short passages of Latin prose.

(LO2) Transferable Skills.This module is designed to foster the following transferable skills, not all of which are directly tested in the assessment: Knowledge: Recall morphological sets and grammatical rules; Recall vocabulary; Understanding: Be able to use morphology and rules to translate sentences and passages accurately; Be aware of un-English word order principles; Be aware of un-English pronoun usage; Be aware of un-English language sound;Be aware of different sociological frames for some lexical items; Be able to use principle translation strategies (top-down bottom-up; information sequencing; need-to-know; phrase-building; Be aware of different learning methods.

(LO3) Consolidate knowledge acquired in CLAH641 ands be trained in the use of: Relative clauses; Demonstrative pronouns; Comparative and superlative adjectives; Comparative and superlative adverbs; Ablative absolute; Subjunctive clauses (purpose, result, indirect command, indirect question, conditional, cum + subjunctive).

(S1) Grammatical skill (recall and application of morphology and syntax)

(S2) Grammatical skill (recall and application of morphology and syntax)

(S3) Translation skills; awareness of translation strategies and appropriateness of style

Feasibility Study (HIST504)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

The feasibility study is designed to ensure that the topic chosen for the dissertation can be undertaken successfully;

Students will embark on the dissertation with a clear idea of the secondary and primary sources to be consulted;

Students will be aware of the appropriate theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches to be deployed.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will have tested the feasibility of the project defined the scope of study and the way the research may be carried out.

(LO2) A systematic knowledge, understanding and critical awareness of key themes and approaches in the study of the field covered by the pathway / MA programme.

(LO3) An ability to engage with current historiographical and theoretical debates appropriate to MA level in an informed, analytical and critical manner

(LO4) 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

(LO5) An ability to develop arguments that systematically and creatively organize, synthesize and present clearly large bodies of historical and literary material in written and oral form

(LO6)  Enhancement of research skills through theprocess of devising an independent research project, defining the scope ofstudy and planning how the research will be carried out.

(S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

(S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (including referencing skills)

(S4) Time and project management - Project planning

(S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification

(S6) Information skills - Critical reading

(S7) Research skills - All Information skills

(S8) Skills in using technology - Using common applications (work processing, databases, spreadsheets etc.)

(S9) Personal attributes and qualities - Initiative

(S10) Personal attributes and qualities - Flexibility/Adaptability

Literature, Art and Architecture in the Middle Ages and Renaissance (HIST587)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

This module aims to develop students' understanding of art, architecture and literature as subjects of study in their own right, with associated disciplinary methodologies and as sources, in order to enable an interdisciplinary approach to the period.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) A systematic knowledge, understanding and critical awareness of key themes and approaches in the study of medieval and early modern history and culture.

(LO2) An ability to engage with current 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 emphatically, 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.

(LO5) An ability to develop arguments that systematically and creatively organise, synthesise and present clearly large bodies of historical and literary material in written and oral form.

(S1) Learning skills online studying and learning effectively in technology-rich environments, formal and informal

(S2) Literacy application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy - including listening and questioning

(S3) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

Dissertation (HIST550)
LevelM
Credit level60
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To enable the student to complete a piece of original research drawing on relevant primary and secondary source material to publishable standard.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) The ability to identify a genuine professional or historical problem or issue, and successfully describe its nature and scope

(LO2) A systematic knowledge, understanding and critical awareness of key themes and approaches in the study of the field covered by the pathway/MA programme

(LO3) An ability to engage with current historiographical and theoretical debates appropriate to MA level in an informed, analytical and critical manner

(LO4) 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

(LO5) 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

(LO6) An ability to develop arguments that systematically and creatively organize, synthesize and present clearly large bodies of historical and literary material in written and oral form.

(LO7) An ability to demonstrate self-direction and originality in undertaking a piece of independent research culminating in the writing of a dissertation

(LO8) The ability to present a major piece of independent work showing clarity of structure and style and in accordance with appropriate presentation guidelines

(S1) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

(S3) Time and project management - Personal organisation

(S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

(S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

(S6) Research skills - All Information skills

(S7) Skills in using technology - Using common applications (work processing, databases, spreadsheets etc.)

(S8) Research skills - Awareness of /commitment to academic integrity

(S9) Personal attributes and qualities - Initiative

(S10) Personal attributes and qualities - Resilience


Please note that the modules listed are representative of those you’ll study and are subject to change.

Further details about the content of individual modules can be provided on request.