Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 4 x 2 hour seminars, 1 hour tutorial


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 X SHORT PROJECT OF 2,000 WORDS  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
Recognise, order and review a body of knowledge in the field of historiography and historical methodology

Identify and use in interpretation comparative perspectives on the utilisation of primary source materials

Compare and evaluate a range of approaches to the use of source materials as these relate to the development of a research project

Read, analyse and reflect critically on the secondary literature providing the context for advanced historical research

to work both independently and collaboratively

Brief description

While many students interested in particular periods will want to explore a number of sources particularly relevant for their own research, some approaches and problems, such as the value of a comparative approach, will be common to all periods. This 10 credit module of Masters-level research training is therefore designed to enable historians form all schemes and pathways within the Department of History & Welsh History to explore such common issues in a short series of seminars. The module will aid the students in making the transition to Masters work, and will enable them at an early stage to place their research within a broad conceptual and methodological framework.


Historians at Masters level need to examine many kinds of source material, and deploy many different skills during the course of their studies. This module is designed to introduce students to the methodological and interpretative issues which are raised when using a variety of source types.



1) Documentary analysis
2) Visual sources
3) Comparative history
4) Cultural history

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication Read a wide range of both primary and secondary texts; demonstrate and develop the ability to communicate ideas in essay; skills in oral presentation will be developed in seminars.
Improving own Learning and Performance Show awareness of own learning styles, personal preferences and needs; devise and apply realistic learning and self management strategies.
Information Technology Use various search tools to survey existing literature and sources; use range of commonly used software packages to prepare and present written work.
Personal Development and Career planning Develop awareness of skills needed to undertake the research project the student has in mind; plan and prepare for future course/career.
Problem solving Develop original, creative and systematic approaches to problem solving; evaluate advantages and disadvantages of potential solutions.
Research skills Understand the development of a range of research methods within the discipline of history; understand how the boundaries of knowledge are advanced through research; produce academically appropriate pieces of written work.
Subject Specific Skills Awareness of the need to place research within the broad context of debates occurring within history as an academic discipline.
Team work Understand the concept of group dynamics; contribute to the setting of group goals; contribute effectively to the planning of group activities; play an active part in group activities; exercise negotiation and persuasion skills.


This module is at CQFW Level 7