Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Mutually Exclusive
Mutually Exclusive
Mutually Exclusive
Mutually Exclusive
Mutually Exclusive
60 credits of HY or HA modules at Level 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 1 seminar fortnightly


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam Take away exam over 3 days  100%

Learning Outcomes

This is a second-year core module, the aim of which is to provide second-year students with an opportunity to study the history of historical writing in the West since the mid-nineteenth century. On completion, students will:
a) be familiar with the key developments in Western historiography
b) have a level of proficiency in distinguishing between historiographical traditions and approaches
c) be able to reflect critically on the work of individual historians and historical `schools'
d) be able to explain historiographical developments both in the contexts of intellectual shifts and in those of wider institutional, political, social and cultural change
e) be better able to reflect critically on historical writing encountered elsewhere in their degree scheme
f) be able to reflect critically on key issues of Western historiography in seminars, unassessed essays and a take-away examination.

Brief description

This is the core module for all Single Honours schemes. It is intended to introduce students to the discipline of history and to enhance their self-awareness as historians. It seeks to do so by surveying the writing of history, the use of the past in past societies, and the current state of the discipline.

The module begins by surveying the main 'varieties' of history represented within our syllabus and examining the main intellectual currents within the discipline. It then explores the influence of other disciplines on historians and the present political, social and educational functions of historical writing.

Reading List

Recommended Text
A. Marwick (2001) The New Nature of History. Knowledge, Evidence, Language Primo search A. Munslow (1997) Deconstructing History Primo search B. Southgate (1996) History What and Why: Ancient, Modern and Post-modern Perspectives Primo search D. Cannadine (ed) (2002) What is History Now? Primo search E. Hobsbawm (1997) On History Primo search J. Appleby, L. Hunt & M. Jacob (1994) Telling the Truth About History Primo search J. Tosh (1984) The Pursuit of History Primo search J. Warren (1998) The Past and its Presenters: An Introduction to Issues in Historiography Primo search K. Jenkins (1991) Rethinking History Primo search L. Jordanova (2000) History in Practice Primo search R. J. Evans (1997) In Defence of History Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6