Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
American History skills module
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Project  This project consists of a 4,000-word piece of work.  80%
Semester Assessment Short essay  1000 Words  20%
Supplementary Assessment Short essay  1000 Words  20%
Supplementary Assessment Project  This project consists of a 4,000-word piece of work.  80%

Learning Outcomes

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

Demonstrate an understanding of the particular ways in which this skill, source or methodology has been used by historians.

Demonstrate how to interpret primary sources using this particular source, skill or methodology.

Demonstrate an understanding of the relevant historical developments in the period under consideration.

Demonstrate an ability to analyse and deploy relevant historical evidence to provide appropriate arguments.

Brief description

This new skills module will focus on an aspect of American history in the period after c.1850 and will reflect the research interests of a new member of staff to be appointed in the Spring of 2021. As a skills module, it will focus on a particular skill, source or methodology employed by historians of modern America in their research.


The aim of the module is to explore a particular source, skill or methodology employed by historians of modern American in their work and to do so in some detail. The small-group, seminar-style delivery allows for careful and collaborative study of the particular issue under consideration.


Different aspects of a major theme in modern American history will be explored in the 10 seminar sessions held during the course of the semester. Each two-hour session will explore the particular source, skill or methodology that forms the focus of the module.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Critical and analytical thinking are essential in order to gather relevant evidence in order to produce convincing arguments in essays and in seminar discussions.
Students will be expected to play an active part in group activities (e.g. short group presentations in seminars) and to learn to evaluate their own contribution to such activities.
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.
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.
Students will familiarize themselves with professional standards of communication in the discipline of history and will develop these skills through presenting written argument, supported by suitable referencing.
This will be developed consistently throughout the module, as students will need to reflect on what they have read and on questions posed in seminars and essays in order to reach conclusions. This will be an essential element of seminar discussions which will then inform the students’ written work.
Students will be encouraged to locate suitable material on the web and to apply it appropriately to their own work. Students will also be expected to word-process their work and make use of Blackboard.


This module is at CQFW Level 5