History BA (Hons)

Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: V100
  • Year of entry: 2020
  • Typical offer: A-level : AAA-AAB / IB : 36-35, with no score less than 4 / BTEC : Applications considered
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Module details

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • History Matters (HIST105)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To discuss the discipline of History, its relevance and significance as a means of understanding the past and the present;

    To appreciate the complex nature of historical knowledge through engagement with a key historiographical debate;

    To develop written and oral skills and aptitudes developed by the study of history;

    To understand the rules and procedures of the scholarly community in the department of history and to enter into the research culture through engagement with one tutor’s work;

    To encourage the independent and self-reflective attitudes which are essential to university-level study.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextuallyupon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretationsof historians

    (LO2) An understanding of the development of different historiographies and anawareness of different historical approaches.

    (LO3) A foundational knowledge of the professional practice of History

    (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

  • Modern Britain: Democracy, War, and Modernity (HIST116)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    Acquire a broad foundational coverage of the history of modern Britain;

    Gain an introduction to some of the major historiographical controversies relating to modern Britain and thus to the competing perspectives on Britain’s recent past adopted by historians working in different historiographical traditions;

    Enhance critical awareness of the sources of evidence deployed by historians of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries;

    Develop skills in the interpretation of sources.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians.

    (LO2) An understanding of comparative perspectives, through the ability to identify and to assess similarity and difference by temporal and/or spatial comparison.

    (LO3) A foundational knowledge of the history of modern Britain.

    (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

  • Politics, Economy and Society in Modern Europe (HIST117)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    To provide students with an introduction to continental European history between 1870 and 1939;

    To encourage students to broadens their understanding of the role of multiple factors in historical processes;

    To develop an ability to analyse problems, construct an argument and present it clearly in written form.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians.

    (LO2) An understanding of comparative perspectives, through the ability to identify and to assess similarity and difference by temporal and/or spatial comparison.

    (LO3) A foundational knowledge of the history of modern continental Europe.

    (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

  • Power, Belief and Identity: Medieval and Early Modern Worlds, C. 500-1600 Ce (HIST115)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    To introduce students to the history of Europe between Late Antiquity and the Enlightenment;

    To develop empathetic understanding of the period To develop critical evaluation of primary sources;

    To develop an ability to analyse problems, construct an argument andpresent it clearly in written form.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians.

    (LO2) An understanding of comparative perspectives, through the ability to identify and to assess similarity and difference by temporal and/or spatial comparison.

    (LO3) Understanding of continuity and change over extended time spans.

    (LO4) A foundational knowledge of the history of Europe between Late Antiquity and the Enlightenment

    (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

  • Presenting the Past (HIST106)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce a variety of transferable skills;

    To build group skills – through regular weekly meetings and the preparation of the group project;

    To inculcate clear and accurate written and oral presentation skills;

    To encourage an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon contemporary texts and other primary sources;

    To explore the importance of independence of mind;

    To introduce the skills relevant to the types of employment to which history graduates aspire i.e. team-working, interpersonal skills, self-confidence, oral/visual presentation.

    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) A foundational knowledge of the professional practice of History.

    (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

  • The Global History of the Present (HIST114)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To make students aware that historical investigation enriches urgent contemporary debates;

    To introduce students to a range of new ways of approaching the past (both in terms of subject matter and in terms of new approaches to history – for example, gender history, environmental history);

    To introduce students to parts of the world that they have never studied before and, equally importantly, to get them to see the myriad connections between different parts of the world;

    To better prepare students for the range of subject matter, geographical areas and approaches available to them from their second year onwards.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians.

    (LO2) An understanding of comparative perspectives, through the ability to identify and to assess similarity and difference by temporal and/or spatial comparison.

    (LO3) Understanding of continuity and change over extended time spans.

    (LO4) A foundational knowledge of major issues in global history

    (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

Programme Year Two

Students select from entirely optional modules.

Year Two Optional Modules

  • Central Asia From Khans to Stans (HIST298)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting85:15
    Aims

    To explore the history of Central Asia and connect it with themes encountered in global and European history (e.g. fiscal-military States, settler colonialism, technocracy).   To reflect on the modes of political organisation, legitimisation, and group solidarity of non-European societies (esp. Islamic, nomadic).   To contextualise and critique concepts such as “nationalism”, “modernity”, “development”, etc. by looking at them through the lens of Central Asian history.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians

    (LO2) An understanding of the development of history as a discipline and an awareness of different historical methodologies.

    (LO3) To appreciate the variety and specific challenges posed by sources available for writing the history of Central Asian societies, including nomadic ones.

    (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

  • Colonial Cosmovisions: Indigenous and Christian Worldviews in the Americas (HIST242)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    A greater critical understanding of the process of religious transformation in the Colonial (Early Modern) hispanic world; A greater familiarity with the fundamental role that religious life played and supernatural/preternatural beings were perceived to play in Latin American society; A greater familiarity with the diversity of approaches to religious transformation during the colonial period.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians.

    (LO2) An understanding of the development of history as a discipline and anawareness of different historical methodologies.

    (LO3) A critical understanding of the process of religious transformation in the Colonial (Early Modern) Hispanic World and the fundamental role that religious life played and supernatural/preternatural, together with a critical understanding of the fundamental role that spiritual beings were perceived to play in Latin American society.

    (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

  • Conquest and Encounter: From Caesar to the Americas (HIST251)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to concepts, theories, debates and examples of the processes of conquest and encounter across a broad period of history; To explore select case studies in detail and investigate the similarities and differences in these processes over time, tracing features and transformations with reference to culture, religion and politics;   To enhance the skills of essay writing, source criticism, theoretical and conceptual thinking, and historiographical evaluation.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians.

    (LO2) An understanding of the development of history as a discipline and an awareness of different historical methodologies.

    (LO3) An understanding of the significance of conquests in the western world from Antiquity to the end of the medieval period.

    (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

  • Crime and Deviance in the Modern World (HIST220)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To develop a critical understanding of the theoretical and conceptual literature that uses studies of crime and deviance to understand the structure of power and governance in past societies;

    To reflect on similarities and differences in ideas about crime and deviance in different contexts and at different times;

    To develop a historical and comparative understanding of the origins of modern disciplines and projects such as criminology, penology and eugenics;

    To familiarise students with case studies in the relationships between domination, resistance, power and agency in past societies.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Anability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondaryevidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians

    (LO2) An understanding of the development of history as a discipline and anawareness of different historical methodologies.

    (LO3) An understanding of the importance ofhistorical context in understanding crime and deviance.

    (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

  • Culture and Belief in Late Medieval England (HIST266)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to recent approaches to popular culture and belief in late medieval England;

    To relate popular belief to broader developments in English society and culture, c.1300-c.1520;

    To enhance the skills of essay writing, historiographical evaluation and presenting.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Anability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians.

    (LO2) An understanding of the development of history as a discipline and anawareness of different historical methodologies.

    (LO3) An understanding of English culture and belief between the early 14th and the early 16th centuries.

    (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

  • East-central Europe, 1740-1990 (HIST248)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To survey the history of modern East-Central Europe; To engage with specific historiographical debates grounded in one geographical region;   To explore how power functions within various regime types.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians.

    (LO2) An understanding of the development of history as a discipline and an awareness of different historical methodologies.

    (LO3) An understanding of the relationship between identities, political mobilization, and social change.

    (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

  • Enlightenment: Ideas, Politics and Society in 18th-century Europe (HIST219)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To explore the historyof Europe in the Age of Enlightenment, assessing the impact of ideas on the political, cultural and social history of the 18th century;

    To introduce students to a variety of techniques and methodologies in intellectual history, encouraging them to think about the relationship between ideas and events in the past – and the relationship between thinkers and policy makers today;

    To examine a range of textual, visual and material evidence, understanding how primary source material has been used and interpreted by different historians;

    To encourage students to think about history comparatively and to draw parallels, connections and contrasts between different countries and regions.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Anability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians.

    (LO2) An understanding of the development of history as a discipline and anawareness of different historical methodologies.

    (LO3) To develop acommand of comparative perspectives, identifying and assessing similarity and difference across different regions and countries.

    (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

  • Europe Since 1945: An Emotional History (HIST285)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To explore the history of Europe since 1945 from a comparative and transnational perspective;   To explore questions of social, cultural, political and economic change over time in Europe since 1945;   To consider the importance of emotions in politics, society and culture, and as a lens for historical research.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians.

    (LO2) An understanding of the development of history as a discipline and an awareness of different historical methodologies.

    (LO3) An understanding of key themes in the social, cultural and political history of postwar Europe.

    (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

  • Eyes On the Prize: the Long Struggle for Civil Rights (HIST299)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting85:15
    Aims

    To examine the changing character and nature of the long Civil Rights Movement from the late 19 th century to the end of the 1960;   To assess the role and significance of individual leaders, their personalities and strategy-making, in relation to the importance of broader ‘structural’ forces that have transformative social and political effects;     To foster and develop undergraduates’ understanding of the historical processes by which societies may be changed and their established power relationships challenged and re-negotiated, using the American CRM as a case study.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians

    (LO2) An understanding of the development of history as a discipline and an awareness of different historical methodologies.

    (LO3) To acheive a critical understanding of historical process through analysis of a range of primary and secondary texts relating to the Civil Rights Movement.

    (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

  • From Cradle to Grave: British Health and Medicine Since 1750 (HIST239)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To explore the history of health through a series of topics and themes which examine how experiences and expectations of health for individuals and populations have changed; To investigate how the health responds to a wide variety of determinants, including income levels, housing conditions, diet and medical care; To study the role of the patient, the practitioner and the state in health care; To understand how health has been measured in the past; how authorities have understood health and produced strategies to reduce health inequalities.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians.

    (LO2) An understanding of the development of history as a discipline and an awareness of different historical methodologies.

    (LO3) An ability to analyse the determinants of health, the role of the patients, the practitioner and the state in health care, and a broad understanding of how experiences and expectations of health for individuals and populations have changed.

    (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

  • Global Nuclear Cultures (HIST238)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To develop international comparative awareness of the history of nuclear cultures.   To use site-specific case-studies to explore the issue of nuclear heritage and its relationship with history.   To explore how a variety of sources, methods and theories can be applied to the study of nuclear culture.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To develop an understanding of the relationship between nuclear sites and their history.

    (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 development of history as a discipline and an awareness of different historical methodologies.

    (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

  • History in Practice (HIST200)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To develop materials and / or undertake tasks within a practical or vocational context;

    To apply within that context pedagogical and other theoretical or practical knowledge relevant to the development and delivery of those materials and / or tasks;

    To apply academic and / or theoretical knowledge within a practical context and to reflect and report on the relationship between the two;

    To develop and identify a range of personal / employability skills and to reflect and report on this.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians

    (LO2) An understanding of the development of history as a discipline and an awareness of different historical methodologies.

    (LO3) Students should be able to identify the connection between academic and/or theoretical knowledge and its practical or vocational application.

    (LO4) Students should be able to identify, reflect and report on a range of personal / employability skills.

    (S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Report writing

    (S3) Communication (oral written and visual) - Presentation skills

    (S4) Time and project management - Project management

    (S5) Information Skills - networking skills

    (S6) Personal attributes and qualities - Willingness to take responsibility

    (S7) Commercial awareness - Relevant understanding of organisations

  • Human Rights in History (HIST288)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To familiarise students with keythemes and concepts relating to the recent history of human rights, with a particular focus on Europe in the 20th century. (This is not a course in human rights law or advocacy);

    To introduce students to the relevant historiography on human rights, enabling them to situate key human rights texts and debates within a broader historical context;

    To hone students' ability tocritically evaluate these debates.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians.

    (LO2) An understanding of the development of history as a discipline and an awareness of different historical methodologies.

    (LO3) Knowledge and understanding ofthe main events and themes in the recent history of human rights

    (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

  • Liverpool: History and Heritage (HIST209)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To explore the history of Liverpool, placing it in the context of international urban history; To use Liverpool’s experience to explore the issue of heritage and its relationship with history; To explore a variety of sources, methods and theories as applied to a case study city of global importance to urban historians.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians.

    (LO2) An understanding of the development of history as a discipline an awareness of different historical methodologies.

    (LO3) An understanding of the relationship between history and heritage in modern Liverpool.

    (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

  • Making America: North America From 'first Contact' to Revolution (HIST295)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting85:15
    Aims

    To explore the history of British colonialismin continental North America, its impact on the peoples of the Atlantic worldand its significance in the establishment of the United States of America;

    To use the North American example as a case study in colonialism and its social, political, demographic and environmental[?] consequences;

    To foster and develop undergraduates’ understanding both of the use of primary sources and of the appropriate methodologies for studying such a complex and multifaceted phenomenon as colonialism.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Anability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians.

    (LO2) An understanding of the development of history as a discipline and an awareness of different historical methodologies.

    (LO3) An understanding of the historically-contingent nature of ‘colonialism', achieved through the study of the North American experience, and its significance in establishing the social and political power structures that were the foundations of the modern United States.

    (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

  • Medieval Magic and Witchcraft (HIST294)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To explore the central problems regarding late antique and medieval encounters with the supernatural that the readings variously thematize, namely the exercise of power, control and interpretation over the supernatural.   To establish what some of the basic ground rules were (and how they changed) as to what kinds of behavior and belief were deemed acceptable (even miraculous) and which were condemned as transgressive or even demonic.   Through a combination of primary and secondary readings of a variety of genres, students will become more familiar with the central axes of late antique and medieval debates over the magical, miraculous, and demonic, and how our understanding of the genesis of the witch trials has changed over time.   Although the module is focused on the question of magic and witchcraft, students will become very familiar with the role of clerics and churches in shaping ideas about the supernatural.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will learn of the traditions and conventions that shaped and restricted access to the supernatural over more than a millennium of European history.

    (LO2) Students will learn how ideas about the harnessing of supernatural power might be employed rhetorically to serve a number of purposes, including the promotion of imperial and later clerical authority, and, in turn, the marginalization of women, heretical groups, healers, Jews, and lepers.

    (LO3) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians

    (LO4) An understanding of the development of history as a discipline and an awareness of different historical methodologies.

    (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

  • Possible Futures: Utopian and Dystopian Thought (HIST210)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To explore and compare the motivation and context of Utopian and Dystopian thought and action from the sixteenth century to the present day;   To identify key themes and developments in Utopian and Dystopian thought and assess their relevance for the present day;   To explore a variety of methods and theories that can be applied to the study of diverse source material and media, such as political treatises, literary polemics, and sci-fi animations.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Anability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians.

    (LO2) An understanding of the development of history as a discipline and anawareness of different historical methodologies.

    (LO3) An understanding of the main themes and historical contexts of Utopian and Dystopian thought and action.

    (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.

  • Poverty, Chastity and Obedience: the Monastic Life in Late Medieval Europe, 1300-1550 (HIST252)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to debates on late medieval religion and society, including the role of poverty, the place of women and the continuing relevance of the crusading ideal, through an examination of the religious orders; To explore the varying and evolving role of the religious orders across late medieval Europe; To relate developments in the monastic life to wider changes in late medieval society.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians.

    (LO2) An understanding of the development of history as a discipline and anawareness of different historical methodologies.

    (LO3) Students should have developed anunderstanding of the changing role of the religious orders in late medieval andsixteenth-century Europe.

    (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

  • Practical Pieties: Moderates and Radicals in Early Modern England 1560-1625 (HIST292)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting85:15
    Aims

    To introduce ideas of religious and political change during the English reformations;

    To explore the English experience within a wider European framework;

    To explore the impact of radical religiosity on daily life and experience;

    To introduce source materials and the theories and interpretations related to these materials.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians.

    (LO2) An understanding of the development of history as a discipline and an awareness of different historical methodologies.

    (LO3) An understanding of the religio-political changes which took place during the period of England’s reformations.

    (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

  • Suffragette to Ladette: Gender, Society and Culture in Twentieth-century Britain (HIST250)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To explore how do ideas about gender change over time;

    To consider how dominant gender ideals relate to lived experiences;

    To explore what power structures are at play in particular cultural understandings of gender;

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Anability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians.

    (LO2) An understanding of the development of history as a discipline and anawareness of different historical methodologies.

    (LO3) Students will have developed a sophisticated understanding of how the gendered expectations placed upon women have varied and been contested in Britain throughout the 20th century.

    (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.

  • Testimony and Truth: (re)constructing the Latin American Past (HIST278)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to the critical analysis of historical primary source materials in the form of personal testimonies. To introduce students to the concept of difference between personal testimony and historical truth.   To introduce students to the problems and realities faced by historical actors from different social and ethnic backgrounds in different historical contexts.   To enhance the skills of historical empathy, writing, source criticism, theoretical and conceptual thinking, and historiographical evaluation.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians

    (LO2) An understanding of the development of history as a discipline and an awareness of different historical methodologies.

    (LO3) An ability to critically assess the personal testimonies of both Spanish and indigenous American authors, from the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, and to place them in proper historical contexts, thereby gaining knowledge of changing identities within colonial processes as applied specifically to early modern Spanish America.

    (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

  • Testing Times: French History From the Commune to Charlie Hebdo (1871-2015) (HIST264)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting85:15
    Aims

    To introduce students to key episodes and developments in modern French history through the study of primary sources and historiography;

    To develop students' ability to present and organise critically-informed arguments in written work and oral presentations;

    To develop students' awareness of changes and continuities in modern French history.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Anability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians.

    (LO2) An understanding of the development of history as a discipline and an awareness of different historical methodologies.

    (LO3) Students will develop an understanding of the key issues and in modern French history through primary sources and secondary literature.

    (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

  • The Conquest of Mexico: VIolence, Memory and Legacy (HIST282)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To explore and compare the different ways in which the violence and trauma of war was experienced, remembered and communicated, mainly during the period of Spanish colonial rule;

    To identify key themes and developments in the historiography of the Spanish conquest;

    To explore in how far historians can make the “voices of the vanquished” heard even after centuries.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Anability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians.

    (LO2) An understanding of the development of history as a discipline and an awareness of different historical methodologies.

    (LO3) An understanding of the main events, processes, themes and legacy of the “Conquest of Mexico”.

    (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

  • The Indian Freedom Struggle(s) (HIST235)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To cultivate principles of study that will serve students well at university and in their careers, such as the development of verbal and written communication skills, critical analysis and time management; To hone and develop both research skills and the analysis of a range of different types of primary materials; To encourage students to critique the significance of concepts such as ‘tradition’, ‘modernity’, ‘imperialism’, ‘religion’, ‘culture’, ‘nation’, and ‘East’ and ‘West – and in, in the process, to question the nature not only of South Asia, but of Western and non-Western societies and of their interactions with each other. .

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An overview of Indian politics, society and culture between the the 1880s and the end of colonial rule in 1947;

    (LO2) An understanding of the varied conceptions of the nation that came into being in colonial India, as well as some of the myriad other beliefs and ideologies that envisioned models of freedom outside the framework of the nation-state;

    (LO3) An appreciation of the possibilities, challenges and drawbacks of nationalism not just in India but in the former colonial world and much closer to home;

    (LO4) The ability critically to discuss and write about major theoretical, thematic and topical issues, in particular the relationship between colonialism and nationalism.

    (LO5) Improved essay writing skills through submission of assessed work;

    (LO6) Improved presentation skills through assessed presentation.

    (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.

  • The Industrial Revolution in Britain (HIST272)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting85:15
    Aims

    To study the history of Britain’s Industrial Revolution and placing it within a global context;   To use britain’s experience to investigate the issue of industrial development and its relationship with history; To explore a variety of sources, methods and theories as applied to interpreting the Industrial Revolution.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians.

    (LO2) An understanding of the development of history as a discipline and anawareness of different historical methodologies.

    (LO3) On completion of this module the student should have a good foundation in economic, technological and cultural change in Britain between 1760 and 1850.

    (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

  • The Meaning of Freedom in the Modern Caribbean (HIST273)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To develop a general understanding of the history of the modern Caribbean and its global connections and influences; To analyse emancipation and decolonization as political projects; To examine the complex and contradictory conceptions of freedom and their political uses during the past two centuries of Caribbean history.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians.

    (LO2) An understanding of the development of history as a discipline and anawareness of different historical methodologies.

    (LO3) An understanding of freedom as a key—andextraordinarily complex—problem of modern Caribbean history

    (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

  • The Politics of Gender: Male and Female Rule in Early Modern Europe (HIST229)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting85:15
    Aims

    To develop a depth of knowledge about early modern gender roles and how these were related to family, religion, and culture;   To explore a range of early modern theories of statecraft, and how these could be related to beliefs about gender; T o examine the cultural resources that monarchs used to establish and enhance their personal and political authority.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians.

    (LO2) An understanding of the development of history as a discipline and an awareness of different historical methodologies.

    (LO3) To demonstrate an understanding of how early modern religious belief, perceptions of gender and theories of statecraft impacted upon the running and development of states.

    (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

  • The Pursuit of Happiness: American Revolutions, 1720-1812. (HIST271)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting85:15
    Aims

    To explore the history of the American Revolution, placing it in the context of eighteenth-century social, political and imperial developments;

    To investigate the complex relationship between ideas and experiences in American history;

    To employ a variety of sources and methods to illuminate the multiple dimensions of American revolutionary change;

    To use the American experience to explore the significance of historical heritage and cultural memory.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians.

    (LO2) An understanding of the development of history as a discipline and anawareness of different historical methodologies.

    (LO3) An understanding of the causes and consequences of the American Revolution.

    (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

  • The VIkings (HIST262)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting85:15
    Aims

    To inculcate a knowledge of the history of Europe (broadly defined) in relation to Viking activity in the eighth to eleventh centuries CE;

    To consider processes of settlement, political change and identity formation;

    To learn critical skills necessary for approaching different categories of historical evidence and their sensitivities.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians.

    (LO2) An understanding of the development of history as a discipline and anawareness of different historical methodologies.

    (LO3) Critical engagement with the main categories of source material for the Viking age in Britain and Ireland, and identification of their problems and limitations.

    (LO4) An understanding of the kinds of activity in the early middle ages that we associate with the term ‘viking’, and a critical appreciation of the evidence for it.

    (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

  • Themes in African History: An Introduction (HIST296)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide a sound grounding in the basics of African historical studies. Students can use it as a springboard to specialise, or simply as an interesting addition to their portfolio of study; To introduce students to the big names in African historiography, and develop knowledge of the canonical texts in the field; To encourage students to think about different historical methodologies, and how some types of investigation (such as oral history) may be more appropriate than others, depending on the subject matter and the nature of the society being studied; To develop skills in cross-cultural understanding and communication.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To encourage students to think in cross-disciplinary ways, using texts from a range of disciplines, including philosophy and anthropology as well as from history, to understand the dynamics of change in African societies.

    (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 development of history as a discipline and an awareness of different historical methodologies.

    (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

  • Understanding American Slavery: Histories, Memories and Myths (HIST290)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting85:15
    Aims

    To introduce students to important theories, methods, and evidence used in the historiography of American slavery. To explore how different agendas, assumptions and approaches have shaped American slavery’s scholarship, public histories and popular representations. To develop students' ability to present and organise informed and reflective oral and written arguments.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To develop an informed understanding of key concepts, experiences, issues, methods, sources and themes in the historiography of American slavery.

    (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 development of history as a discipline and an awareness of different historical methodologies.

    (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.

  • Vandals, Romans, Arabs, Moors: Early Medieval North Africa, C. 350-850 Ce (HIST274)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To explore key themes in the political, social, cultural, and religious history of North Africa c. 350-850 CE. To evaluate modern perspectives on ‘continuity’ and ‘change’ in North Africa.   To consider modern approaches to the interaction of different ethnic and religious groups in the early middle ages.   To gain an appreciation of various forms of early medieval evidence (both textual and material), and how they have been deployed to make historical arguments.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians

    (LO2) An understanding of the development of history as a discipline and an awareness of different historical methodologies.

    (LO3) A sophisticated understanding of political and socio-economic developments and cultural interactions in early medieval North Africa.

    (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

  • War, Nationalism and Society in Europe, 1792-1801 (HIST243)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting85:15
    Aims

    The close reading of a substantial range of secondary sources drawn from a broad range of different genres; the manipulation of a wide range of primary sources including letters, dispatches, diaries and memoirs of a sort likely to be vital to the dissertation arising from the module; the exploration of visual sources as a means of recording and/or understanding the past.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Anability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondaryevidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians

    (LO2) An understanding of the development of history as a discipline and anawareness of different historical methodologies.

    (LO3) The acquisition of a betterunderstanding of the importance of military history in wider historical debate.

    (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

  • War, Nationalism and Society in Europe, 1803-1815 (HIST244)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting85:15
    Aims

    The close reading of a substantial range of secondary sources drawn from a broad range of different genres; the challenging of a number of widely-held received ideas concerning the figure of Napoleon; the exploration of visual sources as a means of recording and/or understanding the past.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An ability toread, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence,including historical writings and the interpretations of historians

    (LO2) An understanding of the development of history as a discipline and anawareness of different historical methodologies.

    (LO3) The acquisition of a betterunderstanding of the importance of military history in wider historical debate.

    (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

Programme Year Three

Students will take a 30 credit dissertation and 2 compulsory modules as well as options from selected optional modules including a 30-credit special subject module.

Year Three Compulsory Modules

  • History Dissertation (HIST396)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    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 contextuallyupon 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 andindependently-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

  • Reviewing History (HIST393)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To give students the opportunity develop a high level of engagement with key secondary sources of relevance to their dissertation;

    To explore historians’ approaches to the practice of book reviewing, and inculcate those in students’ own analysis and presentation of findings.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians.

    (LO2) An ability to present a scholarly book review essay in accordance with the conventions of such tasks in the published work of historians.

    (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

  • Uses of the Past: History Impact Module (HIST320)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    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.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextuallyupon 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) 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

Year Three Optional Modules

  • African-american Odyssey: Slavery, Race, and Freedom in North America (HIST307)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To conduct a detailed investigation of the development of Slavery in North America from settlement to emancipation. To understand the development in the historiography of American slavery from the 19th to the 21st century. To explore key moments in the history of western philosophy, disclosing the extent to which this history participates in the production of the conceptsof race and racisms. To explore a variety of sources, methods and theories as applied to understand the development of a race-based system of slavery in North America. To explore a variety of sources, methods and theories as applied to understand the experience of the enslaved.

    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) Recognise and explain the particular issues and debates associated with the history of slavery in the Americas and demonstrate the specific ability to cope with the methodological issues surrounding concepts of race and involuntary servitude.

    (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

  • Britain, Spain and the War Against Napoleon, 1808-1814 (HIST423)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The close reading of a substantial range of secondary sources drawn from a broad range of different genres; the exploration of the concept of othering; the manipulation of a variety of primary sources (e.g. memoirs, diaries and collections of correspondence) of a sort that are likely to be vital to the writing of the dissertation; the development of the techniques needed to write extended pieces of work.

    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) The acquisition of a detailed knowledge of the Peninsular War of 1808-14, and of the problems in military alliances arising from social, cultural and political differences.

    (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

  • Charlemagne and Europe (HIST362)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To engage students in the critical evaluation of primary sources; T o help students to identify themes and concepts in the relevant historiography, and to apply these to particular texts and problems; To encourage students to formulate appropriate questions and to prepare responses through independent research.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to evaluate critically a range of sources -- textual, archaeological, art historical -- concerning the reign of Charlemagne.

    (LO2) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon primary sources

    (LO3) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians

    (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

  • Confronting Catastrophe?: Environmental Histories of Britain, Europe and the United States Since 1800 (HIST332)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module will explore the environmental histories of Britain, Europe and the United States since 1800 so as to better understand the changing relationships between humans and the environment. The module will introduce students to the study of a wide range of primary sources and secondary literature related to the environmental histories of Britain, Europe and the United States. It will develop students' ability to present and organise critically-informed arguments in written work and oral presentations.

    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) Students successfully completing this module will have developed their knowledge and understanding of key debates, themes and concepts in the environmental histories of Britain, Europe and the United States through the analysis of primary sources and secondary literature.

    (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

  • Digital Histories of Crime and Punishment in VIctorian and Edwardian England (HIST359)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide students with an intensive, interactive engagement in digital historical research and e-learning, utilizing online sources for the history of crime and punishment in Victorian and Edwardian England;

    To familiarize students with the range, scope, possibilities and challenges of online research sources, of the methods and techniques involved in online historical investigation, analysis and projects and of the ways in which the history of crime and punishment is being transformed by the availability of digital sources;

    To allow students to undertake a sustained individual research project based on online cultural and social history sources;

    To link detailed individual projects with an understanding of the existing historical scholarship in the student’s area of interest

    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 possibilities, potential scope and challenges of historical research using digitized primary sources.

    (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

  • Digital Histories of Gender, Race and Youth in Twentieth Century Britain (HIST360)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide students with an intensive, interactive and supervised engagement in digital historical research and e-learning;

    To familiarise students with the range, scope, possibilities and challenges of on-line research sources, of the methods and techniques involved in on-line historical investigation, analysis and projects and of the ways in which cultural and social history is being transformed by the availability of digital sources;

    To allow students to undertake a sustained and supervised individual research project based on on-line cultural and social history sources;

    To link detailed individual projects with an understanding of the historical scholarship in the student’s area of interest.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    (LO2) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually uponsecondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations ofhistorians

    (LO3) An ability to design, research and present a sustained andindependently-conceived piece of historical writing, linking detailed originalresearch with broad themes and issues derived from relevant historicalscholarship on gender, race and youth in C20 Britain.

    (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

  • Emancipation, Sexuality, Repression: Women in Ireland, 1800-1939 (HIST814)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    Present an overview of the role and status of Irish women at a time of considerable change 1800 to 1939;

    Examine women's involvement in four key areas: religion, politics, work and family;

    Using both secondary and primary sources, to highlight the contribution which women made to the economy, society and politics of Ireland.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will evaluate a wide range of secondary texts and primary source material concerning the role and status of Irish women at a time of considerable change, 1800 to 1939. This will enhance research and analytical ability.

    (LO2) Students will evaluate and engage with the debates that surround the writing of women's history to enhance independence of thought.

    (LO3) Students will evaluate what the study of women in history can contribute to our knowledge of the past to build knowledge of recent developments in historiography.

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

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

    (S3) Global citizenship - Understanding of equality and diversity

    (S4) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S6) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

    (S7) Research skills - All Information skills

    (S8) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

  • Finding the African Voice: Sexuality, Spirits and Law in Southern Rhodesia (zimbabwe) 1890 - 1930 (HIST382)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    To inculcate a sound understanding of the social and cultural history of African societies in early twentieth century Zimbabwe; To develop an insight into African worldviews, particularly regarding sexuality, law and spirits; To encourage an understanding of the difficulties of recovering the African voice from the archival record; To raise questions about how ‘knowledge’ is constructed and comes to have authority in colonial contexts.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) At the end of this module, students should have developed a critical awareness of how academic knowledge of Africans and African history was the product of colonial power relationships; and how attention to alternative epistemologies can produce different knowledges and histories.

    (LO2) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon primary sources.

    (LO3) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians

    (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

  • Invented Histories: British Uses of the Past, C1750-1900 (HIST319)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    Toexplore the intellectual and cultural development of historical writing between1700 and 1900 To developan understanding of the relationship between historical narratives and nationalidentity Tointroduce students to a wide range of primary sources and critical literature,as well as key debates and concepts used in studying intellectual history,historiography and the history of the book

    Learning Outcomes

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

    (LO2) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually uponsecondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations ofhistorians

    (LO3) Todevelop a critical understanding of the ways in which the past can be recycled,repackaged and recreated to suit present needs

    (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

  • Knowledge and Power in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (HIST372)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to a wide and diverse rangeof sources, the relevant literature, and key concepts and debates in the history of knowledge;

    To help students identify key themes and developments in the history knowledge and its relationship to political power in medieval and early modern Europe;  

    To introduce students to the physical, institutional, cultural and intellectual contexts of knowledge production during the medieval and early modern period in Europe.

    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 key issues and developments in the relationship between knowledge and power in Europe, especially from the Middle Ages to the seventeenth century.

    (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

  • Metropolis: Crisis and Reform in the Great Cities 1840-1920 (HIST328)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To develop a historical and comparative understanding of arguments for urban social reform and protective legislation in North America and Britain during the 19th and early 20th centuries;

    To reflect on the significance of political and social activism in the shaping of modern cities and city life;

    To develop a historical and comparative understanding of the role played by journalistic, artistic and sociological representations in the understanding of urban problems and solutions and reform campaigns.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextuallyupon 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 lessons of the nineteenth-centuryurban crisis and its solutions.

    (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

  • Nuclear '83: Living in the Shadow of the Bomb in 1980s Britain (HIST353)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To explore the history of nuclear Britain from cultural, social, political, scientific and spatial perspectives;

    To develop historical, critical and ethical awareness through exposure to histories of nuclear development in Britain;

    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 nuclear history in general and of British nuclear culture in particular.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An understanding of the historical development of British nuclear culture and history in the wider context of global nuclearisation.

    (LO2) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon primary sources.

    (LO3) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians

    (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

  • Revolution, Repression, Memory in 20th Century Latin America (HIST305)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to themes of current importance for researchers in the field at the juncture between contemporary history and social science.   To take an in-depth look at the socio-political conflicts of c.20th (and c.21st) Latin America.   To explore the tensions between the local and the global with respect to Latin American Revolutions and to investigate Latin America's position in global hemispheric strategies.   To gain a greater understanding of how societies can collapse into and emerge from conflict and dictatorship and the legacies of such conflict.

    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) A nuanced understanding of the social and political stresses that affected Latin America during the twentieth and into the twenty-first centuries, and how Latin American peoples and countries have suffered and responded to severe societal trauma.

    (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

  • 'satan's Guises: the Development of Protestant Demonologies in Early Modern England' (HIST321)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To develop a clear understanding of the relationship between 'popular' and 'learned' forms of belief and culture, as well as a critical approach to the meaning and usefulness of such terms;

    To use a wide range of primary texts which provide us with information about early modern demonological beliefs (including pamphlets, tracts and liturgies);

    To develop an appreciation of how early modern texts were written, how they may have been used and the audiences for which they were intended.

    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) A deep understanding of the religious changes which occurred during the English reformations.

    (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

  • Stalin's Gulag (HIST378)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To reflect on the function and limitations of violence, terror, and repression as tools of power through the experience of Stalin’s USSR;

    To study the GULag system as an example of unfree labour in modern history;

    To critique and evaluate public history and memorialisation initiatives in relation to Stalin’s GULag and repression.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To appreciate issues of ethics and public relevance underpinned by the historian’s work.

    (LO2) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon primary sources.

    (LO3) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians

    (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

  • The Age of Catastrophe: Politics, Culture and the Self in Europe, 1930-1950 (HIST361)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    Investigate how the mid-twentieth century crisis in Europe transformed the relationship between politics, culture, and the individual;

    Use primary sources such as diaries, memoirs, films and fiction to explore how Europeans experienced fascism and antifascism, dictatorship, war, occupation, violence and liberation, leading to new forms of individuality and selfhood between 1930 and 1950;

    Ask how cultural forms as well as the everyday experiences of economic depression, political extremism and mass violence influenced the making and remaking of the self during Europe's age of catastrophe.

    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) Knowledge and understanding of key themes in European history between 1930 and 1950 witha particular focus on the shifting relationships between politics, culture and the self.

    (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

  • The Henrician Reformation (HIST309)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to the varied and developing debates on the Henrician Reformation. To develop students’ ability to present and organise clearly an argument and to analyse problems, in relation to these debates. To provide a strong acquaintance with a variety of primary sources on this topic - ranging from acts of Parliament to literary sources, wills and polemical writings. To enhance students’ skills in the critical evaluation of primary sources and historiography.

    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) A competence in analysing a range of primary source material from the 16th century.

    (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

  • War and the People: Society and Culture in Second World War Britain (HIST392)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to the social and cultural history of Britain in World War Two;

    To be able to interrogate a wide variety of source types in ways thatare empirically grounded as well as being informed by theoretical debates;

    To be able to critically reflect upon different historians’ arguments and approaches to the study of British society and culture during this conflict.

    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) By considering the social and cultural history of this period, students will be able to critically analyse unity and difference in people’s experiences of the Second World War.

    (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

The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.


Teaching and Learning

Small group seminar teaching is a vital part of our modules and you will have the opportunity to pursue independent work to a high level. In many modules, our students are introduced to teamwork through the use of joint projects. Modules provide a range of different teaching techniques which include lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. You will also conduct independent study and research using the University Library’s extensive resources.


Assessment

Assessments test your capacity to synthesise and analyse material in oral and written formats. You will be assessed by a programme of examinations, essays, oral presentations and coursework. In Year Three, longer pieces of work test your research skills. Written and oral feedback on your assessment will help you improve your performance. You are always welcome to discuss your work with your module tutor in their office hour or by appointment.