Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Mutually Exclusive
Mutually Exclusive
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Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 5 x 2 hour seminars plus individual essay tutorials


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment PRECIS EXERCISE: 500 WORDS  25%
Semester Assessment ONE SHORT PROJECT: 2,000 WORDS  50%
Semester Assessment ONE BIBLIOGRAPHICAL EXERCISE: 1,500 WORDS  25%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
undertake simple but essential bibliographical exercises

read secondary historical material with a degree of critical awareness

recognise the need to adopt best practice in undertaking research

engage with historical debate and offer observation on the relative merits of historical positions

represent their engagment with the secondary literature in oral (not assessed) and written (assessed) work

reflect critically upon their own historical perspective and anticipate the relevance of acquired skills for further study at degree level

Brief description

The seminar series will use key periods in Welsh history to draw attention to the ways historians discuss specific topics, as well as introducing skills and techniques essential for students of history. Accompanying lectures will complement this skills-based approach and establish, in a broad framework, issues central to the historical endeavour.


The aim of this module is to provide students new to the study of history at degree level with some of the more important yet basic `skills? which they will need during the course of their degree. It is intended as a core module for students taking a degree scheme in the Department which includes an element of Welsh History.



1) General introduction
2) The Glyndwr Rebellion: with discussion of note-taking skills
3) The Acts of Union: with guidelines on constructing a bibliography
4) The Methodist Revival: with guidelines on preparing seminar presentations
5) The Treachery of the Blue Books: with discussion on writing essays


1) What is history?
2)the practice of the historian
3)the use of sources
4)the nature of historical debate
5)the historian as author

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication Read a wide range of both primary and secondary texts; improve listening skills during the lectures, and consequently develop skills in note taking; demonstrate and develop the ability to communicate ideas in two essays; 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; devise a personal action plan to include short and long-term goals and to develop personal awareness of how to improve on these.
Information Technology Use a range of commonly used software packages; prepare and input data; manage storage systems; present information and data; use the internet appropriately and effectively
Personal Development and Career planning Develop awareness of personal skills, beliefs and qualities in relation to course in progression; plan and prepare for future course / career.
Problem solving Identify problems and factors which might influence potential solutions; develop creative thinking approaches to problem solving; evaluate advantages and disadvantages of potential solutions.
Research skills Understand a range of research methods and plan and carry out research; produce academically appropriate pieces of written work.
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 (e.g. short group presentations in seminars); exercise negotiation and persuasion skills; evaluate group activities and own contribution

Reading List

Recommended Text
Abbott , Mary (1996) History skills: a student's handbook London ; New York : Routledge Primo search Appleby, Joyce, Hunt, Lynn & Jacob, Margaret (1994) Telling the truth about history New York : Norton Primo search Barnes, Rob (1995) Successful Study for Degrees London : Routledge Primo search Carr, Edward Hallett (2001) What is history? Basingstoke : Palgrave Primo search Clanchy, John & Ballard, Brigid (1998) How to write essays: a practical guide for students South Melbourne, Vic. : Longman Primo search Elton, Sir Geoffrey Rudolph (2002) The practice of history Oxford ; Malden, MA : Blackwell Primo search Northedge, Andrew (1990) The good study guide Milton Keynes : Open University Primo search Reeves, Marjorie (1980) Why History? Harlow : Longman, Primo search Southgate, Beverley C (1996) History, what and why? [electronic resource] : ancient, modern, and postmodern perspectives London ; New York : Routledge Primo search Southgate, Beverley C (1996) History, what and why?: ancient, modern, and postmodern London ; New York : Routledge Primo search Stanford, Michael (1994) A companion to the study of history Oxford ; Cambridge, Mass : Blackwell Primo search Tosh, John (1991) The pursuit of history London ; New York : Longman Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4