Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x precis (1,000 words) 25%; 1 x bibliographical exercise (1,500 words) 25%; 1 x short project (2,000 words) 50%  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to

a) undertake simple but essential bibliographical exercises
b) read secondary historical material with a degree of critical awareness
c) recognise the need to adopt best practice in undertaking research
d) engage with historical debate and offer observation on the relative merits of historical positions
e) represent their engagment with the secondary literature in oral (not assessed) and written (assessed) work
f) reflect critically upon their own historical perspective and anticipate the relevance of acquired skills for further study at degree level

Brief description

This course is intended to provide students new to the study of history at degree level with some of the more important yet basic `skills' which they will need during the course of their degree. Through a series of seminars, based around selected key texts, students will be introduced to a range of skills, techniques and practical exercises intended to cover fundamental elements not only of undergraduate study but also of historians' practice. Accompanying lectures will complement this skills-based approach and establish, in a broad framework, issues central to the historical endeavour.

Reading List

Recommended Text
A. Northedge (1990) The good study guide Primo search B. Southgate (1996) History, what and why?: ancient, modern, and postmodern perspectives Primo search E.H. Carr What is history? Primo search G. R. Elton (1969) The practice of history Primo search J Clanchy & B Ballard (eds) (1992) How to write essays: a practical guide for students Primo search J. Appleby, L. Hunt & M Jacobs (eds) (1994) Telling the truth about history Primo search J. Tosh (1991) The pursuit of history 2nd Primo search M. Abbott (ed.) (1996) History skills: a student?s handbook Primo search M. Reeves (19080) Why History? Primo search M. Stanford (1994) A companion to the study of history Primo search R. Barnes (1992) Successful Study for Degrees Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4