Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Interdisciplinary and decolonial history
Academic Year
Semester 2
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Blog / Wiki  1000 Words  20%
Semester Assessment Project  4000 Words  80%
Supplementary Assessment Blog / Wiki  1000 Words  20%
Supplementary Assessment (resit) essay  4000 Words  80%

Learning Outcomes

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

Demonstrate an understanding of new trends in history.

Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of interdisciplinary and its challenges and advantages.

Demonstrate an understanding of the challenges of decolonial history.

Brief description

History is one of the most universal realms of knowledge, being able to feed old and new conversations across many other different disciplines, studies and sciences. Reciprocally, scholars from other backgrounds have increasingly turned to history and the historical methods to find answers to many key questions within their areas of knowledge. This reality has posed new challenges to historians in the midst of a plethora of new concepts, methodologies, practices, perspectives and sources. The emergence of decolonial, antiracist, feminist, queer, indigenous epistemologies have also enriched the field.
This module introduces concepts such as interdisciplinarity, decolonial history, history with gender, racial or generational perspectives, participatory methodologies, living memory in contemporary history, quantitative history, or digital humanities among others. It aims to engage students into experimenting and ‘playing’ with novel and original forms of doing history and with critical ways to approach existing historiography, with confidence.


This module aims to make students more aware of new trends in history which had led the discipline to break boundaries between diverse areas of knowledge and absorb new theories and ideas for the analysis of the past. It will also promote creativity and critical thinking in the study of history.


Weekly 2-hour seminars:

1. Interdisciplinarity in/of history
2. ‘New’ historical subjects and sources (e.g. Climate, Silence as a source, twitter)
3. Quantitative methods for history
4. Digital humanities for historians
5. Histories from below and the critique to positivism
6. Memory and conflict studies
7. From decolonising history to a decolonial history
8. Antiracist and anticolonial historians
9. Herstories and queerstories: gender and genderational analysis
10. Non-linear histories: Participatory methodologies

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Oral and written communication skills will be developed through seminars and feedback on written work. These skills will be assessed through assignments.
Improving own Learning and Performance Written work will be returned in tutorials where advice will be given regarding the improvement of research and techniques and essay writing skills
Information Technology Through the retrieval of primary and secondary works from online resources and AberLearn Blackboard and through the writing, formatting and printing of essays.
Personal Development and Career planning This module will develop oral and written skills. It will also prepare students for careers which involve the research, critical analysis and presentation of material relevant to a particular problem or set of problems
Problem solving Students are expected to note and respond to historical problems which arise as part of the study of this subject area, and to undertake suitable research for seminars and essays.
Research skills Students will be required to carry out research for seminars and written work.
Subject Specific Skills This module is designed to provide an introduction to Southeast Asian History, providing a base of knowledge and understanding that will support future research on the region.
Team work Through seminar activities, including seminar leading with another student.


This module is at CQFW Level 5