Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
History for Life
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Workshop 1 x 3 Hour Workshop
Lecture 8 x 1 Hour Lectures
Miscellaneous 1 x 2 Hour Miscellaneous
Seminar 1 x 1 Hour Seminar
Oral 1 x 2 Hour Oral
Practical 1 x 8 Hour Practical


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x 2000 word essay  60%
Semester Assessment Oral Presentation  40%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 2000 word essay  60%
Supplementary Assessment Oral Presentation  40%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the value of History in public life
2. Demonstrate an understanding of how History is employed in a range of industries
3. Demonstrate an ability to deploy core transferable skills


This module is designed to support professional development by encouraging students to consider the role History plays in the world around them. In line with the most recent subject benchmark statement for History, the module also supports student development, facilitating engagement with the opportunities for History graduates after completing their degree, and identifying the key skills that help them excel in the future (See QAA benchmark statement 2014, 6.8 and 6.17). The module includes a variety of work-related projects that will ‘either apply established historical skills through experiential learning, or develop new skills which can be applied elsewhere in the history curriculum.’ By embracing such ‘experiential learning’, the module will help ‘students to understand and articulate the skills that they gain from their degree programme’ (QAA 2014, 6.8). The module will provide a diverse range of assessment opportunities and is designed to encourage student enthusiasm for public engagement, building confidence and working with teams (QAA 2014, 6.17). It will also support the HEAR.

Brief description

History not only exists in books or lecture theatres. The world beyond the university is shaped in fundamental ways by stories about the past. This module is designed to help students engage with those stories, encouraging them to explore History in public life, but also engage with the public. Working in teams, students will explore the practical ways to exploit their own interest and expertise in a manner that engages the general public. The module will also focus on nurturing key skills and will provide students with a clear end result that can be used to improve their career prospects. At the same time, students will gain direct insight into how History in the public domain differs or interacts with professional History writing.


Week 1
Lecture 1: History and Society
Lecture 2: Identity, History and Heritage
Week 2
Lecture 3: News Journalism and Historical consciousness
Lecture 4: TV, Film and History
Week 3
Lecture 5: History and Advertising
Lecture 6: Politics and the Politics of the Past
Week 4
Lecture 7: History and the Classroom
Lecture 8: History for Entertainment

Week 5
Planning workshop: 3 Hours

Week 6
1-2 hour training session

Week 7
Project Away Day: 8 Hours

Week 8
1 hour seminar to finish project and finalise oral presentation responsibility

Week 9
Assessment Presentations: 2 hours (presentations 20 minutes followed by classroom discussion)

Week 11
Essay Deadlines

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication All students will have to participate in the oral assessment part of the project and will have to find ways to communicate actively with the rest of the group during the workshop and project stages.
Improving own Learning and Performance By providing a variety of alternative assessments, the module will benefit students who have a distinct learning style, while helping students to build confidence in their mastery of the subject.
Information Technology All streams involve a degree of engagement with Information Technology.
Personal Development and Career planning All lectures are focused on History as a career in one way or another. As students become focused on their project work, they will be required to consider what they intend to do having completed their degree. All streams are intended to help develop a CV, and increase confidence about the value of History to industry.
Problem solving From the workshops on, this module requires students to work independently, dividing responsibilities and managing time. They will have to overcome industry-based problems and think creatively to find solutions.
Research skills The module will involve a significant amount of online research and will encourage development of information literacy skills, specifically in preparation for the workshop, and during the project.
Subject Specific Skills The course can in many ways be described as a ‘public History’ module, which is a fundamental part of any History degree.
Team work At both workshop and project stages, team work forms a core part of the assessment and learning process.


This module is at CQFW Level 4