BA Politics and Modern History / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
History in Practice

Unit code HIST10101
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by History
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

The main objective of History in Practice is to help support students in their transition to university and provide them with the key study skills they will need to flourish in their academic studies. The course is taught through a series of weekly lectures and weekly, two-hour seminars. Seminars are an integral part of the course programme. They are designed as a form of enquiry-based learning, serving as an opportunity for students to discuss ideas, apply and enhance their knowledge, and develop key skills. Students will work with a member of academic staff studying their specialism with them, and so see how historical knowledge and scholarly practice work side by side.

Pre/co-requisites

HIST10101 is restricted to History and History joint-honours programmes (please check your programme regulations for further details).

This module is only available to students on History-owned programmes; and joint-honours programmes with the History Department. Not available to students on an Erasmus programme.

Aims

The aims of this course are:

  1. To get students to think about history as an academic discipline, and provide them with opportunities to explore different varieties of history.
  2. To help students, during their first semester at university, manage the leap between college-level work and university-level work.
  3. To help students acquire some of the key study skills they will need to succeed at university, including identifying appropriate scholarship, critically reading academic texts, and applying the fundamental parts of scholarly apparatus.
  4. To help students think critically about the key transferable skills – including intellectual skills, communication skills, planning/organisational skills, and teamwork skills – they will be developing through your degree.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course students will be able to:

Syllabus

Indicative Course Structure:

Lecture 1: Moving to University Level Work

Lecture 2: Understanding Historical Sources

Lecture 3: Referencing – Why Bother?

Lecture 4: Understanding How Assessment Works

Lecture 5: Assessment and Resilience

Lecture 6: Planning an Essay 1: Developing a Problematic

Lecture 7: Planning an Essay 2: Maintaining an Argument

Lecture 8: Understanding Key Skills

Lecture 9: Developing a Presentation

Lecture 10: History and Your Future

Lecture 11: History in Practice Revisited

Teaching and learning methods

 1 x 0.5 hour online lecture, 1 x 2 hour seminar and 1 x course unit office hour per week

 1 x 1 hour face-to-face lecture per fortnight

 1 x 2 hour workshop and 2 x 1 hour workshops across Semester 2.

 

Access to on-line material

 

The course will provide materials at least to minimum Blackboard standards. All the support materials for this course will be made available on Blackboard which are not otherwise available in electronic form through JRUL resources.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Compile and present a bibliography;
  • Identify, analyse and contrast academic arguments;
  • Compose introductions to essays, and identify a clear problematic;
  • Plan university-level essays;
  • Organise conclusions to essays.

Intellectual skills

  • Discrimination between highly relevant and highly valuable challenging reading, and peripheral or less rigorous styles of writing;
  • Organisation of ideas in writing.

Practical skills

  • Mastering the presentation and formatting of written work;
  • Practising note-taking without electronic devices.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • demonstrate key transferable skills relating to independent research;
  • identify, analyse and contrast academic arguments;
  • plan, present and properly format university-level, written work

Employability skills

Analytical skills
Innovation/creativity
By engaging with the lectures, participating fully in the seminar discussions, and completing all of the assessment, students will, by the end of this module, be able to understand key transferable/employability skills relevant to their degree programme e.g. intellectual skills, communication skills, and organisational skills.
Oral communication
Research
Written communication
The written coursework will help students develop their abilities to undertake independent research using a wide variety of sources of information, and enable them to develop their analytical abilities and their writing skills.

Assessment methods

 

ASSESSMENT METHODS

 

 

Assessment task

Formative or Summative

Length

Weighting within unit (if summative)

Critical Analysis Exercise

Summative

1500

40%

Essay

Summative

2000

60%

 

RE-SIT ASSESSMENT

 

Assessment task

Length

Exam (topics to be determined by Course United Director)

1 question in 1 hour

 

Feedback methods

Written feedback on all assessments - summative

Oral feedback in seminar discussions - formative

Additional oral feedback by request during office hours - formative

Recommended reading

History in Practice will introduce you to some of the issues connected with the nature of historical research and historical knowledge. These are topics that you will investigate in more detail as you proceed through your degree. If you are interested in starting to think about some of the practical issues of historical method, the following books are worth having a look at:

Dobson, Miriam & Ziemann, Benjamin (eds.) Reading Primary Sources: The Interpretation of Texts from Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century History (London: Routledge, 2009).

Felder, Heiko, Passmore, Kevin & Berger, Stefan (eds.) Writing History: Theory & Practice (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2003).

Tosh, John & Lang, Sean, The Pursuit of History: Aims, Methods, and New Directions in the Study of Modern History (Harlow: Routledge, 2006) (4th edition).

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 11
Project supervision 11
Seminars 22
Independent study hours
Independent study 156

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
John Morgan Unit coordinator

Additional notes

 

 

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