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BA History and American Studies
Year of entry: 2021
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Course unit details:
Independent Research Project
|Unit level||Level 2|
|Teaching period(s)||Full year|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
This module offers students the opportunity to pursue an individual research project, closely guided by a member of academic staff. Throughout semester one students will gain the skills necessary to develop individual research projects - developing research questions and plans, and identifying and exploring key bodies of literature and collections of primary sources – before producing an extended piece of historical research on a topic of their choosing in semester two.
Available on which programme(s)?
This module is only available to students on History-owned programmes; and joint-honours programmes with the History Department.
Available as Free Choice (UG) or to other programmes (PG)?
Available to students on an Erasmus programme
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Students will build on the skills gained during their first year of study by further developing their skills as an independent researcher. Working within the broad area of expertise of their supervisor, students will explore how fields of study develop, as well as learning to identify key works in the scholarly literature and thus engage with broad intellectual debates. Using this knowledge students will learn how to develop an independent research project that engages with existing debates but employs their own voice and ideas, and draws on a range of research materials. The module will develop skills that are widely applicable to the rest of their degree and beyond, and provide a foundation for the production of a dissertation at level three.
Knowledge and understanding
- Understand and engage with broad intellectual debates
- Explore and contribute to historiography on a selected topic
- Engage with a wide range of sources to build informed arguments
- Engage with historiographical debates at an advanced level
- Develop and plan individual research projects
- Present and defend differing intellectual positions during discussions and supervisions
- Produce sophisticated literature reviews
- Produce essays that incorporate original research
- Prepare for and participate in wide-ranging discussions and debates
- Work independently
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Carry out independent research projects
- Analyse and interpret a range of different sources
- Communicate sophisticated arguments through improved written and oral communication skills
- The course provides a wide range of history-based skills appealing to future employers including: - The ability to formulate and answer cogent and focused questions - The analytical ability to consider complex problems to which there is no single solution - Identifying, gathering, sorting, organising and deploying evidence, data and information. - Analysing texts and other primary sources both critically and empathetically - Marshalling of argument in written and oral forms
|Independent Research Project||80%|
Formative or Summative
Written feedback on summative coursework via turnitin within 15 working days of submission
Oral feedback on progress, coursework, and participation given during office hours
Subject specific by tutor.
However, works of general utility include:
- Berger, Stefan., Heiko Feldner, Kevin Passmore, Writing History: Theory and Practice 2nd ed (London: Bloomsbury, 2010)
- Gildea, Robert, Anne Simonin, Writing Contemporary History (London: Hodder Education, 2008)
- Partner, Nancy, Writing Medieval History (London: Hodder Arnold, 2005)
- Storey, William Kelleher, Writing History: A Guide for Students 2nd ed (New York: Oxford University Press, 2004)
- Tosh, John, The Pursuit of History: Aims, Methods and New Directions in the Study of History 6th ed (London: Routledge 2015)
- Walker, Garthine, Writing Early Modern History (London: Hodder Arnold, 2005)
|Independent study hours|
|Thomas Tunstall Allcock||Unit coordinator|
A combination of group meetings and individual supervisions throughout the year.