Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Introduction to History
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 15 x 50 minute sessions
Seminars / Tutorials Individual 10-minute 'feedback tutorial' per written assignment submitted


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x 500 word precis  25%
Semester Assessment 1 x 1,500 word bibliographical exercise  25%
Semester Assessment 1 x 2,000 word short project  50%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 500 word supplementary (resit) precis  25%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 1,500 word supplementary(resit) bibliographical exercise  25%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 2,000 word supplementary (resit) short project  50%

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


This course is designed to help students make the transition to the study of history at degree level. Through a series of fifteen sessions 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. One of these sessions will be an essay feedback session (tutorial) with a seminar tutor. Seminar tutors will guide students through the following elements:

- summary and note-taking
- true paraphrasing and quotation
- research and time-management
- use of the library and IT
- presentations
- essay writing and examination preparation
- seminar work and group discussion

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