|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Seminars / Tutorials||10 x 2 hour seminars|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||1 SEMINAR PRESENTATION AND GENERAL SEMINAR CONTRIBUTIONS||20%|
|Semester Assessment||1 ESSAY (1,500 WORDS)||20%|
|Semester Assessment||1 PROJECT (5,000 WORDS)||60%|
|Supplementary Assessment||NO RESIT PERMITTED IF ALL WORK IS NOT SUBMITTED|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
demonstrate familiarity with different ways in which history has been portrayed on television;
demonstrate an awareness of how the makers of TV history programmes attempt to engage with their audience, and the kinds of issues that determine the content and style of programming
analyze and reflect critically on the relationship between history on television as `popular history' and tensions between history on TV and history as an academic discipline
construct and sustain arguments orally and in writing;
work both independently and collaboratively, and to participate in group discussion.
This module aims to encourage students to engage with such issues, and explore one of the most common ways in which the bulk of the population `consumes' history and engages with the past. It is envisaged that the module will appeal to a broad range of historians, and also be of advantage to some who are considering careers in the media.
The module will begin by addressing key concepts and themes, such as the notion of `public history' and how history is consumed outside of academia, and the development of factual programming and the documentary. The first, short, piece of written assessment will address these themes.
The remainder of the module will explore directly how history has been portrayed on television, concentrating on the UK. Long-term changes in the ways in which history has been presented will be discussed, and the rationale behind the choice of themes for programmes and the ways in which such themes are addressed will be analysed. The style of programmes, and the different ways in which producers attempt to engage the interest of their audience in historical themes, will be discussed. Throughout the module, the relationship between academic and popular notions of history, will be central. An examination will be made of how history on television can serve as a focus for such tensions. Students' main piece of written work will consist of an in-depth critical analysis of a historical documentary.
2. `Public history'
3. The TV documentary.
4. Who drives the agenda? Historians, commissioners and programme-makers
5. To educate and inform - early TV history
6. The evolution of history on TV - dumbing down or democratization?
7. Dealing with historical debate and controversy
8. Engaging the viewer - production styles and special effects
9. The use of personal testimony - problems and opportunities
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||Students will not utilize statistical sources in this module.|
|Communication||Oral and written communication skills will be developed through seminars and feedback on written work. These skills will be assessed.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Written work will be returned in tutorials where advice will be given on improving students' research techniques and essay writing skills. There will be no formal assessment of this skill.|
|Information Technology||Students will be required to locate source materials through library catalogues and on-line sources. Students will also be encouraged to word-process their assessed work. These skills will not be formally assessed.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||This module will help develop written and oral skills. Other activities, including research, assessment of information and writing in a critical and clear manner, will further develop useful skills of analysis and presentation.|
|Problem solving||Students will be expected to locate and assess primary source materials. This skill will be assessed through the three pieces of work.|
|Research skills||Students will be required to carry out research for seminars and for the required pieces of work. Such research will be assessed in each of the three elements of assessment.|
|Team work||Students will work together in seminar preparation and will lead the seminars. There will be no formal assessment of this skill.|
This module is at CQFW Level 6