20 credits at level HE5
The aim of this core module is to introduce students to sources and methods that will enable them to engage with the task of writing a 10,000 word dissertation in year three. In addition, students will be introduced to the varieties of historical, theoretical and methodological issues and problems associated with writing a significantly longer piece of work than will have been required of them in the past. The module will consolidate knowledge of Google Scholar, Hansard online, the British Library Integrated Catalogue and the possibilities and limitations of Athens. It will also deal in depth with the centrality of the literature review, citation and bibliographical practice, and different ways of reading and getting the most out of monographs and articles. All this will be set within a format that will allow students to move towards formulating their own research problems and questions in relation to a topic which will, it is hoped, form the basis for a dissertation in year three.
1. Moving Towards Global History ? 2. The Varieties of Historical Research . 3. Political History. 4. Economic History. 5. Social History. 6. Cultural History. 7. Total History ? 8. National Archives. 9. Local Archives. 10. Internet Archives and Search Engines. 11. Internet Searching. 12. Selecting a Topic. 13. The Nature of a Historical Hypothesis. 14. Writing a Historical Dissertation
Lectures will be informal. Students will be introduced to the skills involved in giving longer seminar papers. There will also be bibliographical and internet searching team-tasks, with brief report-backs in a seminar context. In addition, time will be apportioned to tutorials which will give students an opportunity to explore the viability of nascent ideas for dissertations. Seminars will be predominantly problem-based. Assessment will comprise a short internet-based seminar paper, an exercise on a primary source extract and an essay.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||be able to work with and analyse primary sources in full historical context||be able to demonstrate competence in relation to this skill via sustained work on a predistributed learning pack.|
|2.||be able move towards selecting a potential dissertation topic.||be able give an account of the process of selection, delimitation, rejection or confirmation of a theme|
|3.||be able to appreciate the significance of the literature review.||be able to demonstrate an abiliy to comment critically on a selection of material relating to the proposed project theme|
|4.||be able to give a synoptic account of a proposed research topic||be able to pinpoint the ways in which the selected theme relates to or diverges from the dominant historiographical position in a selected field|
|5.||be able to appreciate the function of professional historical citation practice.||be able to demonstrate this understanding by reporting back on literature searches, and evaluating the footnotes of a selected journal article|
|6.||be able to demonstrate competence with Google Scholar and the British Library Integrated Catalogue||be able to reveal this skill in all written work|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||A ten minute seminar paper, based on internet search engine exercise.||A primary source analysis.||A 2,500 word essay.||Completion of annual Personal Development Plan|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
and/or be taking the following corequisite modules:
You cannot take this module if you are taking or have taken:
There is a set book for this course, Ludmilla Jordanova, History in Practice (London, 2000). Students will use this and other sources to build up their own reading and reference list in relation to the assignment essay and a proposed research topic to be undertaken in year three.
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