Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Making History
Academic Year
Semester 1
Exclusive (Any Acad Year)
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment ​Written essay 2  (2,500 words)  50%
Semester Assessment ​Written essay 1  (2,500 words)  50%
Supplementary Assessment ​Written essay 2  (2,500 words)  50%
Supplementary Assessment ​Written essay 1  (2,500 words)  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Understand the importance of historiography and historical theory to the study of the past.

2. Identify and analyse the theories and approaches that have been used within the academic writing they encounter in their studies.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of major trends in the study of history over time, and the influences of specific historians and schools of history.

4. Demonstrate an ability to reflect critically on a range of evidence and use this to produce an effective argument.

Brief description

In this module, students will be introduced to the theories and approaches which have informed how professional historians have studied the past in recent times. This subject will be discussed from two perspectives. First, students will be introduced to the key theoretical developments which have influenced the writing of history in the last century. They will then be asked to consider how these ideas have been used by professional historians in practice. Students will be encouraged to reflect upon how they might use some of theories and approaches discussed in this module within their own research.


Eighteen lectures will address a range of historical schools and approaches and will include such themes as the Annales school, Marxism, postmodernism, the Cultural turn and anthropology, gender studies, postcolonial theory, and memory studies, among others.

These lectures will be accompanied by 6 x 1 hour seminars which will examine key topics in greater depth.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Seminars will include a range of activities aimed at developing students’ ability to express their ideas in a clear and well-structured manner.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students’ will be encouraged to think flexibly about the ideas they encounter and consider to what extent they believe particular historical approaches to be valid.
Information Technology Students’ ability to select appropriate online resources for academic study will be developed throughout this module and assessed through their essays.
Personal Development and Career planning Students will be asked to reflect upon how scholars have used historical theories and approaches within their research. A range of transferable skills will be developed throughout this module. Students’ ability to solve problems, analyse and evaluate evidence, and communicate effectively will be developed.
Problem solving Students will be asked to consider how the theories and approaches they have learnt in this module can provide new perspectives on the past.
Research skills Students will be asked to critically evaluate how scholars have applied the theories and approaches encountered in this module in practice. They will also be required to evaluate the relative usefulness of contrasting theories and approaches.
Subject Specific Skills Students’ understanding of how historians use historical theory within their research will be developed.
Team work ​Seminars will involve group work. This will not be assessed.


This module is at CQFW Level 5